O Cidade Maravilhosa!

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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.

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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!

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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.

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