Describing the world around me--from the big picture all the way down to our little local news.

iPhone Apps for Escaping into the Exterior

One of my smartest USA exit purchases was an unlocked iPhone4.  USD$800 was a bitter pill to swallow.  Now a year later, it numbers within my top 5 of things I would grab if I had to flee a burning building.  I’m sure that to my Brazilian in-laws my constant fiddling with this little black brick […]

Sexing the Banana*

The epitome of the feminine, the papaya, can only be planted by women. Heck, in some parts of the Spanish-speaking world it is another word for vulva, which in my opinion beats beaver any day. (By the way, I could talk at length at how both Spanish and Portuguese are far better a describing the […]

Animal Farm: Os Bichos

As a linguist I have a love for words descriptive and versatile. Bicho ranks right up there with fuck in its versatility. Insert it wherever words fail you: pega isse bicho lá para mim? (grab that whatzit over there for me?) and with a certain air of the expletive: bicho está trabado! (damn thing is […]

Animal Farm: Lao

This week Crônicas do Brasil got an exclusive opportunity to interview one of the more enigmatic characters from Fazenda Pau D’Alho: Lao. While lore tells us that Lao came to the farm as a young cat around the time that Dora and Katya were living here, there are conflicting stories as to how he got […]