The worldwide Augustana College experience

I am a sophomore at Augie; I’m a part of the Phi Rho Sorority and Student United Way. I also work at the Community Engagement Center and at John Deere Parts Distribution Center in Milan. I am a Computer Science and Business Administration Management Information Systems double major. I can’t remember why I chose to study abroad in Brazil but I know now that it will be an experience like no other.


Brasilia We arrived in Brasilia late at night after a full day traveling, once again we got onto a mega bus. This one was exceptionally luxurious though – with reclining chairs, wonderful air conditioning and giant windows to see the city through – it was difficult to not be smiling and happy. since we arrived […]

Reflecting on Brazil Term…

This blog post is a little different.. similar to my first one – we have been given a prompt. Reflecting back on my time so far in Brazil, I have gained an incredible amount of knowledge. Even with the travel experiences I have already had with my family, this was unlike any of those – […]

Police Strike in Salvador

During our stay in Salvador we were lucky, or unlucky, to experience a very large protest. The police in the city went on strike, they were protesting for higher salaries. Since they went on protest, the city pretty much shut down. We were unable to have class for the week since the building we were […]

Salvador part 2

After arriving with our new family, our viewpoint on Salvador began to look up. Our mom, fernanda, spoke broken English but was very interested in learning more. Beacause of this we barely spoke in Portuguese, except when we were hanging out with grandma. Our grandma was this awesome lady who loved us so much, she […]

Salvador Homestay

We arrived begrudgingly in Salvador 3 weeks ago. (sorry it’s been so long since I last blogged – I had some difficulties making it to a computer which you’ll learn more about if you keep reading..) Rachel, Ellen and I had fallen pretty deeply in love with Rio and didn’t want to leave. However, we […]

goodbye rio

I apologize for all the typos and poor writing – im doing this from my iphone and its sifficult. I believe I left off with the fanous stairs and going to a market and samba school that night. Little did I know I was about toembark on the best 24 hours of my trip. The […]

Brazilians Shower 3 Times a Day

…just something to laugh at if you know my typical hygenic schedule.. : )


I’m so excited to see the art. Especially the street art, which is everywhere in Brazil. Look at this awesome picture : ) I’m also excited to take pictures with my polaroid camera… except I won’t be able to post them to the blog. Bummer.

Done with preparation..

The first 5 weeks on campus was crazy. I chose to take only 2 classes in Brazil, Art and Political Science, which meant I had to take an on campus 5 week class to maintain full time status. Looking back, I’m so lost on where these past weeks went! I still feel so unprepared for […]