From Atlanta to Washington DC to Rio de Janeiro and finally settling in Vitoria, Brazil.  For now.  In high school, I studied French.  In college, I studied Arabic.  In grad school, I studied political campaigns in India.  I considered a lot of life possibilities but living in Brazil, anywhere in South America, was never one of them.  Then I met and married the smartest man I’ve ever known, who happened to be from Brazil. You can read the full story here.


After four years in Rio de Janeiro, we now live in Vitoria. I taught Brazilian high school students American economics for four years. Thanks to me there are at least 200 Brazilian teens who understand how the US Federal Reserve System works. I’ve left teaching for the time being to focus on building a career as a writer. I’m trying to publish a graphic novel set in Rio, which was admittedly an odd format to write in considering I can’t draw at all, and I’m about to begin querying my first YA novel. My guest posts and articles include Multicultural Kids Blog, Pack-N-Go Girls, and Hackwriters.com.



Oh, and I’m also raising a bilingual, multicultural daughter. She speaks better Portuguese than I do. She’s five.




IMG_2282Finally, 10 random facts about me.

1. I’m left handed but that doesn’t matter anymore since no one writes anything by hand now.

2. I interned in the United States Senate and a year of fielding constituent phone calls will make you terrified of direct democracy and the human race.

3. I’ve ridden a camel in the Sahara dessert. They are frighteningly cranky animals.

4. I crashed a wedding in Udaipur, India and got a turban out of it.P1020070

5. My favorite food is french fries.

6. I love animals. I am far more likely than my daughter to walk up and pet a stranger’s dog.

7. I can sing all the words to Hamilton. Every single one.

IMG_05678. I’ve had grey hair since my early 20s and I’ve stopped coloring it. It’s not a statement. I just can’t be bothered. Seriously. Monthly salon visits…I just can’t anymore.

9. Matilda is my favorite book from childhood.

10. I’m a huge fan of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team. Mia Hamm was a childhood hero. Abby Wambach is a national treasure.





  1. Hi, Nice blog. Well done.

    How can I get in touch with you? It’s about a proposal for you to write for us: BOOKWITTY.COM

  2. Hi! I stumbled onto your blog via a google search for safety and local news in the Vitoria, Brazil area. I will be traveling there at the end of March and trying to get a better feel for areas to visit and avoid. Do you know of any good sources? Thanks so much!

    Nice blog, by the way. 🙂

    Warm Regards,

    • Hi Sarah,

      I’m glad you enjoyed my blog. I’m happy to give tips about traveling to Vitoria.

      You asked about local news, so hear are links to two local newspapers. (Tanget: Are we coming up with a new name for newspaper since nothing is on paper anymore?)

      Here’s a link to a tourist website with recommendations for what to do and where to eat.

      Now all the above links are in Portuguese and that’s my first tip. There is very little English in Vitoria compared to bigger international cities like Sao Paulo and Rio. You will need a book of Portuguese phrases in Vitoria.

      My second big tip is to keep in mind the risk of theft and violence. Vitoria has lower rates of random violence than Rio but it is still more dangerous than most places in Europe or even the US. That doesn’t mean it’s a guarantee. I’ve lived here six years and haven’t been robbed but my husband and I always take precautions. We don’t wear fancy jewelry or anything that looks particularly expensive. We’re alway alert and aware of our surroundings. We do not go out on the street anytime of day if they’re empty. That last rule applies even in our own neighborhood which is considered to be relatively safe because the reality is that armed robbery happens everywhere in Vitoria. There is no totally safe place. The key to being safe is to avoid deserted streets and areas (general rule: if there are kids and families around you’re fine), don’t go somewhere alone if you don’t know the area well, don’t stand and look lost on the street, and always have the hotel or restaurant call a cab to pick you up at the door.

      I hope this is helpful. I don’t want to scare you. I very happily go about my day here. My daughter and I walk to school everyday. We ride bikes along the beach. We feel secure, but we know it’s because we don’t take unnecessary risks and not because there really isn’t a lot of violence around. There is. And you need to be aware. But it you don’t have to be afraid to enjoy yourself.

      Have a good trip! And you totally need to try the kite surfing at Praia de Camburi!

  3. Hi Brynn!

    I am a fellow MKBer and I have a podcast called Bilingual Avenue with the goal of helping parents who are raising multilingual children. I was wondering if you would being interviewed for the show. The interview would last 25-35 minutes and take place over Skype audio only. I’d work around your schedule and send you the questions in advance. Would you be at all interested? Marianna!

  4. Hello Brynn, I just found your blog with great interest (I have recently moved from ON, Canada to RO, Brazil). Unfortunately it seems life must be extra busy for you… I’d like to read updates! Greetings from a fellow multicultural mama. 🙂

  5. Stratis Telloglou

    Hi Bryn,
    i read your story and liked your life. I follw a similar path and need your advice.
    My partner is comming to Rio to work for the 2016 Games and I might follow. She is coming from london where apts are nothing like US, Most of them closet size.
    She is lookign to rent a 2 bdroom flat preferably in nice area with sea view and good connection to centro where the offices are. I was thinking some fo the chic place….
    Do you have in mibd any LOCAL real esatet agents? because most I sourced in the net are for short stay accomodation or luxury apts.?
    We are thinking instead of renting whether it would be usefull to buy one flat, and then 4 years later to sell it if we decide to move to another city. Is it worth it and if yes any recomendation. advice?

  6. Hi,

    Just came across your blog as I was looking to see if any English speaking expats lived in Vitoria and if so, whether any group existed that had regular meetings. I myself am married to a Brasilian and we live in Vitoria.

  7. Just found your blog by way of Life in the Expatriate Lane and love it! Congratulations on the little person growing in your uterus 😉 Don’t worry, he or she will eventually take over your whole world!

    • Thanks so much! I’m sorry there hasn’t been any new content lately. The little person is now out in the real world and taking all the time I formerly had for blogging, showering and sleeping. I hope to have a new post again soon.

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