Heading Back to California

photos 1-2 chia pudding from Graviola | photo 3 Canal do Jardim de Alah in Leblon | photo 4 Lagoa at sunset

It’s true, I’m heading back to California! There are a few exciting things that have called me back to The States, and you know I like to listen when The Universe calls! Deciding to go back was something that I thought would be difficult and sad, because that’s how it felt the last time Iived here. Last time I never felt homesick and I left right as I felt I was gaining momentum here, which felt wrong. I’ve had unfinished business here and this trip has finally given me the closure I needed to now move onto the next adventure. Part of what makes this transition feel so right is that I know I will be back! I won’t go another five years without visiting. I’d like to come back regularly and quit this all-or-nothing relationship I have with Rio where I either don’t visit for years or live here. And don’t get me wrong, this trip has been more fulfilling in many ways than my first trip. I have reached a level of fluidity with Portuguese that I have always wanted, I have mostly Brazilian friends and have genuinely connected with them due to my grasp of the language, I have danced every week - really studied Afro-Brazilian dance, and I have repaired my relationship with the Atlantic Ocean that almost killed me five years ago. I truly have done what I came here to do and now I want to see what I can learn from new places. I’m not sure what will be in store for me in the next year, which is so fun! Of course, I’ll be taking you along for the ride. 

É verdade, estou voltando para a Califórnia! Existem algumas coisas interessantes que me chamaram de volta aos Estados Unidos e você sabe que eu gosto de ouvir quando o Universo chama! Decidir voltar era algo que eu achava que seria difícil e triste, porque foi como foi a última vez que viemos aqui. Da última vez eu nunca senti saudades de casa e saí bem quando senti que estava ganhando impulso aqui, o que parecia errado. Eu tive negócios inacabados aqui e esta viagem finalmente me deu o fechamento que eu precisava para passar para a próxima aventura. Parte do que faz essa transição parecer tão certa é que sei que voltarei! Eu não vou mais cinco anos sem visitar. Eu gostaria de voltar regularmente e sair desse relacionamento de tudo ou nada que eu tenho com o Rio, onde eu não visito por anos ou moro aqui. E não me entenda mal, essa viagem foi mais gratificante em muitos aspectos do que na minha primeira viagem. Cheguei a um nível de fluidez com o português que sempre quis, eu tenho amigos brasileiros e tenho uma conexão genuína com eles devido à minha compreensão da língua, eu dancei toda semana - realmente estudei dança afro-brasileira, e eu tenho Consertou meu relacionamento com o Oceano Atlântico que quase me matou cinco anos atrás. Eu realmente fiz o que vim fazer aqui e agora quero ver o que posso aprender de novos lugares. Não tenho certeza do que será reservado para mim no próximo ano, o que é muito divertido! Claro, eu vou levar você para o passeio.

beijos

Mariamma

A Day in Ipanema

Hi loves! I spent this Saturday soaking up the sun in Ipanema with my girl Tainá. The water was absolutely perfect and I even successfully body surfed for the first time! At one point we asked a nice couple to watch our things so we could go into the water together. Tainá always makes me laugh and I discovered that it isn’t very easy to laugh and stay afloat haha. Afterwards we went to churrasco at the hostel I stayed at my first two weeks in Rio. We gorged on rice and salad and lots of meat and then made plans to go out … until everyone decided they were too tired … So that was my lovely little Saturday!

Oi amores! Passei este sábado a apanhar sol em Ipanema com a minha rapariga Tainá. A água estava absolutamente perfeita e até o corpo surfou com sucesso pela primeira vez! A certa altura, pedimos a um bom casal que assistisse às nossas coisas para que pudéssemos entrar juntos na água. Tainá sempre me faz rir e descobri que não é muito fácil rir e ficar boiando haha. Depois fomos ao churrasco no albergue que fiquei nas duas primeiras semanas no Rio. Nós comemos arroz, salada e muita carne e depois fizemos planos para sair ... até que todos decidiram que estavam cansados demais ... Então esse foi meu adorável sábado!

kisses

Mariamma

Out & About

Hello lovelies. These photos are from the past couple weeks, from allover the city. There was that delicious dinner at Bar Mineiro with the girls, and the cute airport lounge where I ate breakfast while I waited for the Federal Police to extend my visa. This city is full of cute corners. Last night I tried desperately to get an Itaú bike (one of the city bikes) and after accidentally grabbing one with a flat tire and then waiting for 20 minutes for someone to drop one off, which they never did, I decided to just walk home. It turned out to be a lovely walk; it was cool as the sun was setting and I got a beautiful sunset show above the mountains. A huge cloud loomed above Cristo, glowing from the inside out in a peachy hue. I was quite perturbed that I didn’t have a camera on me but I managed to take a few photos with my little samsung phone that were only worth sharing on a quick instastory. Now I’m off to meet Paula at a vegetarian restaurant she wants to show me! Hopefully I can find a bike ;)

Olá amores. Essas fotos são das últimas duas semanas, de toda a cidade. Houve aquele jantar delicioso no Bar Mineiro com as garotas e o fofo salão do aeroporto onde tomei o café da manhã enquanto esperava a Polícia Federal estender meu visto. Esta cidade está cheia de cantos fofos. Ontem à noite eu tentei desesperadamente pegar uma bicicleta do Itaú (uma das bicicletas da cidade) e depois de acidentalmente pegar um com um pneu furado e esperar 20 minutos para alguém deixar cair um, o que eles nunca fizeram, eu decidi voltar para casa em pê . Acabou sendo uma caminhada adorável; estava fresco como o sol estava se pondo e eu adquiri um espetáculo de pôr-do-sol bonito sobre as montanhas. Uma nuvem enorme pairava sobre Cristo, brilhando de dentro para fora num tom de pêssego. Fiquei bastante perturbado por não ter uma câmera comigo, mas consegui tirar algumas fotos com o meu pequeno celular da Samsung que só valeu a pena compartilhar no meu Instastory. Agora eu vou conhecer Paula em um restaurante vegetariano que ela quer me mostrar! Espero poder encontrar uma bicicleta ;)

beijos

Mariamma

Floripa Iphone Photos

Good morning! I just ate some oatmeal, completed some things for work, and now I’m debating whether to take a shower or just go straight to the beach. I didn’t want these photos to get lost in the shuffle because I never brought my big camera to any of the beaches in Florianópolis, but most of the days there were spent at the beach. Rio definitely has my heart in terms of the balance of nature and city, but these barely populated beaches in Floripa made me realize how much I miss quiet nature. Los Angeles was similar to Rio in the way that even when you go off into the wilderness, you are rarely alone. I’m used to the pensive solitude you can tap into when you retreat into nature. I would love to plan a trip soon to another beach getaway.

Bom Dia! Acabei de comer um pouco de aveia, completei algumas coisas para o trabalho e agora estou debatendo se vou tomar um banho ou ir direto para a praia. Eu não queria que essas fotos se perdessem no baralho porque eu nunca trouxe minha câmera grande para nenhuma das praias de Florianópolis, mas a maioria dos dias passava na praia. Rio definitivamente tem meu coração em termos do equilíbrio da natureza e da cidade, mas essas praias pouco povoadas em Floripa me fizeram perceber o quanto eu sinto falta da natureza tranquila. Los Angeles era semelhante ao Rio no sentido de que, mesmo quando você sai para o deserto, raramente fica sozinho. Estou acostumada com a solidão pensativa que você pode aproveitar quando se retira na natureza. Eu adoraria planejar uma viagem em breve para outra escapada de praia.

xo

Mariamma

Surfing in Recreio

Hey sweet thangs! I have been a busy bee this last week so my apologies on not keeping the blog updated. My friend Leah came to visit this past week. She lives in São Paulo which is about a 6 hour drive away. She really wanted to surf so we headed to Recreio, which is a famous surf beach in Barra. It was a bit of a mission to get there and we went on one of the coldest, stormiest days I’ve seen since I arrived. I wasn’t planning of surfing. I’d always wanted to try but never sought it out. I figured I was just along for the adventure. But when both the surf instructor and Leah asked me why I didn’t want to join … I knew if was one of those things I would regret not doing. The opportunity was right there! So I did it and it was so much fun! We went back two days later on a less stormy day and surfed more. I am so excited to have tried something new. It’s definitely something I would love to get better at. Feeling like part of the ocean and riding a wave is even more enjoyable than I had imagined. I can see why people become addicted to it.

Oi gatinhas! Eu tenho sido uma abelha ocupada esta semana passada, então minhas desculpas por não manter o blog atualizado. Minha amiga Leah veio me visitar na semana passada. Ela mora em São Paulo, que fica a cerca de 6 horas de carro. Ela queria surfar, então fomos para o Recreio, que é uma famosa praia de surfe na Barra. Foi uma missão para chegar lá e passamos em um dos dias mais frios e tempestuosos que eu vi desde que cheguei. Eu não estava planejando surfar. Eu sempre quis tentar, mas nunca procurei. Eu pensei que estava na aventura só. Mas quando o instrutor de surfe e Leah me perguntaram por que eu não queria participar ... eu sabia que se era uma daquelas coisas que eu me arrependeria de não fazer. A oportunidade estava aí! Então eu fiz e foi muito divertido! Nós voltamos dois dias depois em um dia menos tormentoso e surfamos mais. Estou tão animada por ter tentado algo novo. É definitivamente algo que eu adoraria melhorar. Sentir-se como parte do oceano e surfar uma onda é ainda mais agradável do que eu imaginava. Eu posso ver porque as pessoas se tornam viciadas nisso.

beijos

Mariamma

Pão de Açúcar

Hey there lovelies. I took these photos yesterday after taking a (long) walk through Humaitá and Botafogo to Urca, the neighborhood surrounding the famous Pão de Açúcar. I’ve been up the morro once on the bonde or gondola. There are two stops and a gorgeous view of the city. I wouldn’t mind doing it again but yesterday was just about checking out a little fair they had in the praça below called Carioquíssima, full of food and clothing vendors. I hung out for a bit, enjoying the sunshine, and then headed back but stumbled on a skateboard competition along the way. It was a lovely Saturday. Today I met up with my friend Rane for a super fun and hot day at the beach. It has been so rainy this week. Today was a wonderful little vitamin D dose. I may have finally gotten rid of my shorts tan haha. 

Ei, ai amores. Eu tirei essas fotos ontem depois de fazer um (longo) passeio pelo Humaitá e Botafogo até a Urca, bairro vizinho ao famoso Pão de Açúcar. Eu fui até o morro uma vez no bonde. Há duas paradas e uma vista deslumbrante da cidade. Pode ser que eu fazer isso de novo, mas ontem foi só para conferir uma feira, Carioquíssima, que eles tinham na praça abaixo, cheia de vendedores de comida e roupas. Eu saí um pouco, aproveitando o sol, e então voltei, mas tropecei em uma competição de skate ao longo do caminho. Foi um lindo sábado. Hoje eu me encontrei com meu amigo Rane para um dia super divertido e quente na praia. Tem sido tão chuvoso esta semana. Hoje foi uma dose maravilhosa de vitamina D. Eu posso ter finalmente me livrado do meu short tan haha.

xoxo

Mariamma

Stormy

Happy Halloween loves! These moody beach photos seem a bit fitting. I took these before dance class on Monday. The waves were particularly big and there was a huge crew of surfers close to Arpoador that were fun to watch. Yesterday was a bit sunnier and I spent a couple hours at the beach reading my book in the sunshine. I hope you all have a wonderful, spooky Halloween! 

Feliz dia das bruxas ama! Essas fotos mal-humoradas na praia parecem um pouco apropriadas. Eu levei estes antes da aula de dança na segunda-feira. As ondas eram particularmente grandes e havia uma enorme tripulação de surfistas perto do Arpoador que eram divertidos de assistir. Ontem foi um pouco mais ensolarado e passei algumas horas na praia lendo meu livro ao sol. Espero que todos tenham um Halloween maravilhoso e assustador!

kisses

Mariamma

Ready Set Rio!

Boa tarde babes! I arrived in Rio this morning, found my hostel, dropped off my stuff, and took a long walk along the beach with açaí in-hand! I felt so calm driving into Rio. So happy, so excited, and just relaxed. I got so excited after my first flight from San Francisco to Miami because most of the people waiting for the flight to Rio were Brazilian and I got a little preview of being around only Portuguese. I’m ready for a shower and a nap and a caipirinha, so I’m off to take care of that! I just wanted to check-in and say I made it safely! 

Boa tarde gatinhas! Cheguei ao Rio esta manhã, encontrei meu albergue, larguei minhas coisas e dei um longo passeio pela praia com o açaí na mão! Eu me senti tão calmo dirigindo para o Rio. Tão feliz, tão animado e só relaxado. Fiquei tão animado depois do meu primeiro voo de São Francisco para Miami porque a maioria das pessoas que esperavam o vôo para o Rio era brasileira e eu tive uma pequena prévia de estar perto de apenas portugueses. Estou pronta para um banho, uma soneca e uma caipirinha, então vou cuidar disso! Eu só queria fazer o check-in e dizer que fiz isso com segurança!

xx

Mariamma

Laguna Beach

Hello there! These photos were taken a couple weeks ago in Laguna Beach with some of my babely San Diego friends. I met Anna, Lauren, and Marina there after my breakfast shift on Saturday (so nice that I'm done by 11:00 or 12:00) and we had a fun and sun-filled afternoon. Afterwards we headed to Urth Cafe and grubbed out. I hadn't been there in so long! Lauren and I split the butternut squash pizza and a salad. So good! Afterwards, Marina and Lauren came back up to Long Beach with me and we got ready for my friend Leo's Halloween party. We took so many silly videos that night but no pictures! The next morning the girls came into my work to have brunch and I joined them when I was done. It was such a nice weekend! It's actually been pretty cold here in Long Beach and I'm missing that heatwave that had me at the beach just a few weeks ago! I'm ready for summer already! I have a very full week coming up and I need to get some stuff in order to make it all go smoothly so have a lovely night and I'll update you soon! 

xo 

Mariamma

Corona Del Mar

Yet another late post! This was an awesome day ... Olivia's first day in LA after we drove up from Tijuana/San Diego. We headed straight to a hike with my friend Lauren who was one of my college roommates right before I went to Brazil and met Olivia! It was a super hot day so we ended it in the water at a beach none of us had ever been to. Olivia and I purchased the matching shorts we are wearing at a famous street market in Rio called Uruguaiana. We bought them our last week together in Rio which meant we didn't get a chance to show off our twinsie outfit so I was sooo excited when she pulled them out of her suitcase. I miss her! 

may you all have a twinsie as amazing as mine 

thx for the photos Lauren! 

Mariamma

SoCal So Good

Like my cheesy title? ;) I've been antsy to share tidbits from my weekend because it was OH so good. It deserves documentation. Saturday afternoon I drove a little South and met up with my childhood friend Ryan who lives only about 30 minutes from me.  He took me to this super dope brunch spot in Newport where you get free bottomless mimosas when you order off the brunch menu ... SUCH a steal! After catching up over chicken & waffles and eggs benedict, we sauntered on over to the beach and swam! Highlight of my life! I haven't been full-on swimming, diving under ocean waves since Rio, and something in my soul was screaming Hallelujah!!! Ugh, so good. Usually it feels too cold, maybe it was the champagne haha, or maybe it actually was warmer. That night we drove into Downtown LA and went to an improv comedy show that was awesome. Sunday was less packed, but after a day like that, a relaxing day is perfect. I chilled at home until the evening when I got dinner with my friend Dani in Long Beach.

Old friends & new adventures. I'm so down. 

xoxo

Mariamma

Brunch with a View

This past Sunday I got to catch up with my friend Stacey who I haven't seen since we studied abroad together in Rio! It's been three years! It was yet another birthday brunch - this time up in the hills with a beautiful view. A breakfast buffet, bottomless mimosas, and lots to catch up on is a recipe for a good time. I was watching my roommate's dog Jackson this week so after brunch I scooped him up at home and we went on a little hike along the beach. He just wanted to run and run. He's a tiny yorkie so I didn't expect him to be as fast as he was - a fun surprise :). And the sunset was the perfect end to one of my favorite weekends I've had in LA thus far. 

<3 

Mariamma

Autumn's B-day Brunch

Miss Autumn's birthday is on Thursday and we decided to celebrate a bit early! She spent the night and plans changed from going out to watching Love Actually on the couch. We got up this morning and went for brunch in Long Beach at a place called Nick's on 2nd. It was absolutely delicious (probably the best waffles I've had - besides my mamma's). Afterwards we walked to the ocean, only a block away, and quickly discovered that it was a dog beach. Literally everyone had a puppy and we were very entertained by all the cute creatures. Autumn did a little handstand on the beach and came down right on my head haha. I have a little kink in my neck but it should be fine by tomorrow for dance class. It was a lovely day!

I hope you are all having a great weekend! 

xo 

Mariamma

Weekend

Happy Monday folks! Let's just take a second to remember our blissful weekends ... 

Saturday was spent at Disneyland with my brother and his gf. All the Halloween decorations were up already! So fun! I've never been to Disneyland around this time and a lot of the rides get a little spookier :). 

Sunday I met up with a new friend and her posse for some beers and beach time. She showed me this awesome bar in Hollywood with a front door that looks like a refrigerator.  The inside was 70s themed with carpet on the ceiling, old lamps, a record-spinning DJ, and a bar in a trailer out back. I'll def be revisiting it. 

xx

Mariamma

Huntington Beach | Labor Day

Yesterday I drove all the way to work, arriving at 7:30 am, only to realize that the entire building was locked. My boss told me over the phone to just take the day off - a very awesome surprise! I even got paid for my time in the car so all's good in the hood.  I decided to go check out a new beach and Huntington was the lucky winner! I hadn't gotten enough fun in the sun when I got home so I hit the pool.  And to top my day off, I did a moonlit workout in the backyard. I'd say Labor Day was a huge success. I hope you all had a wonderful day! 

xx

Mariamma

[Btw, that giant surfboard holds the world record for 'Most People on a Surfboard' ... 60+ people)!