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What I Will Miss

BRAZIL | Monday, 25 Jun 2007 | Views [1778] | Comments [2]

I have about 2 days left and I´m trying not to think about leaving.  So, instead I will write 2 lists about what I will miss most about Brazil, and what I am homesick for in Canada. What I Will Miss About Brazil the tropical winter riding with ... Read more >

Tags: Friends

Gallery: Miscellaneous Photos

BRAZIL | Monday, 25 Jun 2007 | Photo Gallery

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First Black Eye!

BRAZIL | Tuesday, 19 Jun 2007 | Views [7104] | Comments [6]

In one week I will be returning to Canada, and so I think it is fitting that yesterday I was baptized here in Brazil with my first, pretty black eye as a goodbye gift.  The training has been difficult, to say the least, and yesterday was my hardest ... Read more >

Tags: Adrenaline

Some Thoughts

BRAZIL | Wednesday, 6 Jun 2007 | Views [945]

I have about 3 weeks left in Brazil.  To me, this does not seem very long and I am already preparing myself for the goodbyes I will have to say.  There are many beautiful things I will miss here.  However, in quiet reflection and in my daily activities, ... Read more >

Tags: Travel Tips

Rio de Janeiro (Part Two)

BRAZIL | Wednesday, 30 May 2007 | Views [2243]

We arrived at the gymnasium just in time for Mauricio `Zoio´ and Christian to warm up and weigh in.  Unfortunately, just before his first fight, Christian was told there was a problem with his registration and that he would be unable to fight in the ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Gallery: Rio de Janeiro

BRAZIL | Monday, 28 May 2007 | Photo Gallery

Travel and Competition
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Rio de Janeiro (Part One)

BRAZIL | Monday, 28 May 2007 | Views [1401] | Comments [1]

This past weekend, I traveled with Michelle, Robert and some of their students, to experience the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships in Rio.  It was an exciting adventure, and one which I will remember forever, because it was the first time I have been ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Some Misadventures

BRAZIL | Wednesday, 23 May 2007 | Views [1021]

Not everything can go smoothly, right?  :) The weather has been beautiful, the people have been so kind to me and the food is amazing.  Everything has been great, including the `little problems` (as Michelle and I have come to call them) that crop up ... Read more >

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Gallery: Equilibrium Academy

BRAZIL | Tuesday, 15 May 2007 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Mother`s Day Barbeque at the Farm

BRAZIL | Tuesday, 15 May 2007 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Family Farm in Itu

BRAZIL | Wednesday, 9 May 2007 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Michelle`s Home in Itu

BRAZIL | Tuesday, 8 May 2007 | Photo Gallery

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Day 5

BRAZIL | Tuesday, 8 May 2007 | Views [6367] | Comments [2]

It is day 5 of my trip and I have finally figured out how to post photos, so I will try to upload some shortly.  I am staying in Itu with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu blackbelt, Michelle Nicolini, and her family.  Michelle teaches and trains BJJ at Robert Drysdale`s ... Read more >

Tags: People

Wow. Wow. Wow.

BRAZIL | Sunday, 6 May 2007 | Views [1335] | Comments [1]

Tonight, I have the best seat in the house as far as I´m concerned, for the ADCC 2007 finals.  Michelle Nicolini sits beside me at the computer with her hands clasped tightly as I help translate the play-by-play for Robert Drysdale´s last match of the ... Read more >

Tags: Adrenaline

New Friend

CANADA | Sunday, 22 Apr 2007 | Views [963]

I met Fernanda this afteroon; up until now we have only spoken over the phone, through email and on msn.  She is a very sweet person.  After a warm hug, we had a good visit.  Fernanda is from Rio de Janeiro.  She married a Nova Scotian named Terry ... Read more >

Tags: The Planning Phase

It all hits me

CANADA | Sunday, 22 Apr 2007 | Views [1102]

On Friday afternoon I opened my mailbox to find a beautiful, new visa to Brazil waiting for me.  Wow!  It has all hit me this weekend, as I realize I have been holding my breath.  This visa is the last piece of the puzzle -- my ticket out of Canada. ... Read more >

Tags: The Planning Phase

Boa Tarde (Good Afternoon)

CANADA | Monday, 9 Apr 2007 | Views [1076]

This was a very relaxing Easter week-end.  I was able to catch up on my sleep and recover from the post-competition blues.  Last week-end I fought in Toronto and have never felt so sore or down after a competition before.  I trained very hard for this one, ... Read more >

Tags: The Planning Phase

Exactly 4 weeks from now . . .

CANADA | Thursday, 5 Apr 2007 | Views [932]

I will be on my way to Brazil.  Sometimes I get nervous, but most of all I am just excited about visiting this new, mythical place.  The mecca of BJJ.  This experience seems to have fallen into my hands -- I woke up at 4:00 one night in February and ... Read more >

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Gallery: Before Leaving

CANADA | Thursday, 5 Apr 2007 | Photo Gallery

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