Sunday, September 30, 2012

Slackline Competition on Barra Beach

I took this video a few weeks ago at a joint surf/soccer ball juggling/slackline competition here in Rio.  I tried to upload it but my computer (which is getting rather old and rather full of photos and videos) had an error and it didn't work... or so I thought.  I was just on my YouTube channel and found it!  It is really impressive.  I especially liked the girl who competed.  She was the only one and had such a relaxed style.  I hope you enjoy!


Saturday, September 29, 2012

We're So Small

The Iris Nebula!  That's my middle name!


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Self Indulgent...

Yes.  It's a blog, it is inherently self indulgent.  It's beautiful. Remember when the internet was new.  I remember when my only interaction with the internet was going on Britney Spears' website.  I was FASCINATED that she had her own site with pictures and lyrics and little diary entries.  Now everyone and their mom (literally) has one.  Let's take a second and be blown away by how life has completely changed in such a little span of time.  WOW.


This is what I am doing right this instant.  The beauty of this is that even if no one ever looks at this, it is here for me.  But hopefully, self-indulgence can be shared and appreciated by others.  I know I like it when other people are.

Cheers to a place to share the mundane, the unimportant, the contents of our souls, and the magic within each of our different experiences on this beautiful blue planet. Cheers!

Looking like that ^ and listening to this:

That boy can sang.


P.S.  Tomorrow is Friday!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Lana del Rey

... mega girl crush.  I love every song on her album, "Born to Die."  It has it's own flavor and it doesn't hurt that she is beyond gorgeous.  I have been listening to her cd nonstop this week.  I always say that I gravitate towards music on tough school weeks... and I have two tests this week.  I'm so predictable ;).

Yup.  This is what a girl crush looks like.


Monday, September 24, 2012

Oh Monday

Looking oh so tired before heading to class for my first test so far this semester... try writing almost 4 pages in Portuguese about the metaphor of the vagabond, tourist, and the digital revolution. Just try ;). I'm glad it's over! It took me the almost the full 2 hours (thank god the teacher let me bring a dictionary).

Tuesday is a new day :).

Terça-feira here I come!

Sunday, September 23, 2012


 My name is not Mariana, it is Mariamma, so this is going to confuse people.  Here, I get called Mariana a lot because it is a very common name.  I think I have two or three Mariana's in one of my 25 person classes haha.  For the sake of friendship bracelets, I will be Mariana ;).

 Happy Birthday Ben!

Don't mind us.

 "Tutti frutti" ice-cream at 1 in the morning.
Smack that.

Wellllll, last night was very fun, which I hope you gathered from the photos.  Camila's Portuguese professor decided to have an informal field trip to the São Cristóvão market (which is where I stayed and danced 'til 5 in the morning a few weekends ago).  I decided to tag along and luckily, so did a lot of other people, so we had a nice big group of people!