Hiatus Announcement

30 03 2010

A quick alert that the stilettos are going on a bit of a break. They’ve actually been fitting in quite a few adventures, but between work and life and the adventures themselves, there is less and less time to write about them. Plus, and most importantly, I’m busy working on a new venture that has been a fledgling idea for far too long, and is a great next step. More on that to come (soon, I hope). A teaser that will make very little sense: we’re switching the focus from shoes to skirts…

Tales of a Gringa in Brazil

5 03 2010

I just finished reading up on the adventures of my dear friend Liz (of Argentina and alfajor fame) as she settles into her new home in Brazil. She is living for six months in the tiny town of Maravilha, population 20,000, where she will be teaching English (and has already become something of a celebrity). I would be lying if I said I wasn’t the slightest bit jealous, but I’m nonetheless thrilled for her, and can’t wait to read more about her adventures. Hopefully I too will appear on Gringa Tales one of these days, as I am going to do everything in my power to get down there and visit her.


1 03 2010

It’s surprising, really, how happy this makes me. It was passed along the Litquake chain, and it makes me want to visit Colombia. I’m amazed at the creativity and determination people can have, and the little ways they can make a difference. Because it’s already so beautifully stated, I will just quote the story. It comes from Ayoka, which, incidentally, is a pretty incredible organization in itself, a non-profit that’s tasked itself with giving voice to grassroots initiatives like the one that follows:

For the past ten years, Luis Soriano, a teacher in the small town of La Gloria, Colombia, has been following the same ritual. Every week-end, he gathers his donkey in front of his house, straps on the “Biblioburro” pouches to its back, and loads them with a selection of books from the eclectic collection he has acquired over the years. Off on his mobile library, he travels into the hills and through the fields to the villages beyond where children await his visits impatiently. He firmly believes that bringing books to people who don’t have access to them can improve the country and open up possibilities for the future generation of Colombia.

The video is a must see, and the full story tells that this has happened in other places worldwide. It makes me feel lucky, and incredibly inspired.