Hey everyone! After making the trip down to Atlanta, I finally got my Brazilian Visa! That means I’m officially flying to Rio de Janeiro, Brasil on January 2nd to study abroad for the next 6 months! A quick shout-out to Tyler Knox is in order for letting me crash at his place in Atlanta (where the Brazilian Consulate is located) with basically no notice.
It seems like everyone who studies abroad these days starts up a blog to document their endeavors. As you can see, I’ve obviously decided to jump on the bandwagon. The main purpose for this blog is to keep family & friends updated on the Carioca life and give them a glimpse on what it’s like down there. Several friends of mine who’ve studied overseas explained that the experience goes by in a flash. I’d also like to have some solid material I can use to reminisce on down the road and a blog seemed like the best outlet to do so.
I’m gonna mix it up for you guys a bit to make Benjy Abroad not only entertaining but informative too. Along with the traditional introspective, “I’m discovering so much about myself posts” and the instagram worthy, “I’m so well-traveled/cultured, look at me in foreign places pics”, I’ll be writing about the local food, music, and history of Rio. A variety of posts on other topics such as Carnival and the 2014 World Cup will also be thrown in as I see fit.
Without further ado, I’d like to thank everyone for taking time out of their busy day from scrolling down the Facebook newsfeed to check out my blog. I hope I can share a few pieces of myself with Benjy Abroad and make sure to stay tuned for more posts!
Random Fact #1: According to Askmen.com, Rio De Janeiro is the city with the best looking women in the world.
I may have to argue that Knoxville takes the cake on this one, but I guess I’ll just have to see for myself on Friday.