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In the fall, I did a deeply soothing energy healing session with @megstagram333—meditation and visualization and connecting with all the fiery, windy, melty parts of myself.
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Meg prodded a little speck of happiness I’ve always held in my heart: “Do you like the water?” she asked. And oh, yes, I do.
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I don’t remember a time I couldn’t swim, or a time when the site of a pool or a lake or a fountain or the ocean didn’t make me long to dip my toes in—then my legs, hips, tummy, arms, shoulders, neck, head.
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I’m not a particularly powerful or precise swimmer, but I can float on my back for hours and frog-kick with the best of them. I love the way my body feels when I leap and stretch and spin with soft watery arms supporting me from every side.
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I’ve enjoyed lots of water time here in Brazil, and I know I need to keep feeding that happy little center of myself when I return to snowy Maryland.
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#annesimoneloves #waterbaby #energyhealing #selfcaresunday
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For reasons completely unknown to us, we got upgraded from a standard room to this Master Suite when we checked into the Miramar Hotel by @windsorhoteis in Rio. Maybe they’d oversold the regular rooms? Maybe our beauty overwhelmed them? Do I even care?
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All I know is this may be the most absurdly fancy room I’ve ever stayed in at a major hotel chain.
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#annesimoneloves #travelbrazil
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This? Oh, THIS is a slab of cheese, toasted on a portable grill right next to me on Copacabana Beach. Because Brazil.
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You better believe I’m gonna try this with one of those store-bought cheese sticks when I get back to the States!
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#annesimoneloves #travelbrazil
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Each evening at @casaturquesaparaty, the incredible innkeepers turned down our beds and left a small surprise behind. This beautiful turquoise charm on a leather thong was waiting for me on night three!
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At every turn, Casa Turquesa blew me away with their thoughtful details. I recommend a visit to Paraty if you’re ever in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state—even if solely to stay at the inn and rejuvenate. The service is absolutely phenomenal! Thank you, Tetê!
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#annesimoneloves #travelbrazil #paratybrasil
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Three chapters in, and I LOVE this book.
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It’s the rest of Cinderella’s story—the part after she goes to the ball and loses the slipper and marries the prince. Think: a midnight escape and murderous magic, all before page 25.
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#GovIssuedHusband picked another great vacation read for me!
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#annesimoneloves #winterreading #summerreading
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Even on a cloudy day, Copacabana Beach is full of people: swimming, bodysurfing, paddleboarding, sunbathing, and chasing kids around. It was incredible to be outside, maskless and people-watching. (Brazilians take mask-wearing seriously for any close-up interactions, however—even outdoors!)
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Despite the cloud cover and my *layers* of SPF 75 sunscreen, I still managed a sunburn. 🤦🏻‍♀️ (Seaside caipirinhas softened the blow!🍹)
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#annesimoneloves #travelbrazil #copacabanabeach
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My sister @katieabarr took this photo of me. I edited it. This is exactly what it felt like being among the clouds at Rio’s Cristo Redentor.
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#annesimoneloves #travelbrazil #cristoredentor #christtheredeemer #vscotravel
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Just wait for it.
Trust me.
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The day we visited the Cristo Redentor in Rio, the air was marshmallowed with mist. The concrete-and-soapstone sculpture faded in and out of view, even from feet away.
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If you’re Christian, maybe this can remind you that God is present, even when unseen. It reminded me—areligious yet mildly mystical—that mysteries abound. I just have to watch and wait.

#annesimoneloves #travelbrazil #christtheredeemer #cristoredentor
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I’m going to look at this little herb garden every time I’m feeling sorry for myself and my inability to keep plants alive. 🤣 A photo of plants is the next best thing, right? 🤷🏻‍♀️ Well, that and a nature walk. 🥰

I’ve traveled through three Brazilian states over the past two weeks: Rio De Janeiro, São Paolo, and Minas Gerais, where my sister lives. Throughout all three, I’ve seen:
🌱 THE most beautiful plant life!
🏠 Immaculate interiors. From roadside rest stops to local cafes, I swear, you could eat off the floors here.
🐶 Dogs dogs dogs dogs dogs. They’re everywhere! Brazilians love dogs, which makes my heart so happy!
👗 Gorgeous dresses! I may have acquired a few for my own closet… 😍
🥐 Pão de Queijo—it’s a cheesy bread that OMG I’d sell my soul for. (Not literally, but… literally.)

#annesimoneloves #travelbrazil
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Brazilians eat cake for breakfast. What have I been doing with my life?!?
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#annesimoneloves
#breakfastfood
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How lovely are these ladies in white?
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Equal marriage is law in Brazil, which gives my heart so much joy! Everywhere we’ve wandered, I’ve seen all kinds of couples on their own sweet explorations.
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(There was even a pair of hounds running across the road, hip-to-hip. 😂)
#paratybrasil #loveislove
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These leaves are the size of my torso.
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Oh the shore of Ubatuba, we climbed 85 stairs to our tiny apartment with incredible ocean views. But the view that soothed my heart was this green jungle palette mere steps from our door.
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“Rest,” is says to me. “Rejoice,” it invites me. “It’s okay to reject the struggle,” it assures me.
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If you’re struggling to find beauty in your life, perhaps you need to rest. Quiet your mind and still your body.
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Sara Teasdale implored us: “Spend all you have for loveliness.” But perhaps the loveliest of life’s offerings emerges when we stop spending and striving and struggling.
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#annesimoneloves
#ubatubasim #ubatubabrasil
#forthebeautyoftheearth
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My body betrays me too often, with no concern for my pre-paid plans or travel ambitions.
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To combat my irreverent nervous system, I booked three nights at an air conditioned inn with an open-air library that looks over a small soaking pool. Orchids grow wild here, and the rain delivers comforting breezes.
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I missed out on this morning’s boating adventure, but I’m combatting disappointment by writing and reading and resting.
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More and more, my biggest adventures are still and quiet and by myself. Thankfully, I like me.
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@casaturquesaparaty
#annesimoneloves
#travelbrazil #travelbrasil
#paratybrasil
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Brazil is full of dogs.
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Dogs on leashes and dogs in laps. Dogs napping on sidewalks and dogs trotting purposefully across streets. Dogs who are thin and scraggly, but mostly dogs who are plump and shiny.
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Brazilians clearly love dogs—so much so that dogs wander in and out of businesses as easily as humans!
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This dog wandered into the cafe where we sat sipping cappuccinos and immediately sat down on my feet.
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Hey, Dog.
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#adoptdontshop #rescuedogsrock #traveltips #tiradentesmg #dogsofbrazil #annesimoneloves
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If you’re contemplating a trip to Brazil, here’s one thing you should know:
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You cannot flush the toilet paper.
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Apparently the entire country’s plumbing is in dire need of modernization, which means the pipes clog easily. And THAT means you can’t flush anything *extra* down the commode.
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No paper. No tampons. And probably not your deceased beta fish.
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Maybe you’ve traveled a ton and experienced this in other countries. Maybe you’re cool with tossing your used TP into the nearby trash bin. But I’m American in my bones, in my blood, and in my bathroom habits; and this “no flush” situation is deeply distressing for me.
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On a positive note, I’m cherishing a newfound gratitude for U.S. infrastructure.
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The next time you find yourself poo-pooing (HA) a proposed infrastructure bill that’s weaving its way through Congress, imagine your own home newly equipped with tiny trash cans full of used TP—then give your representatives a call and INSIST that they prioritize infrastructure spending. Trust me: your toddler may think 💩 is hilarious, but that’s only because they’re lucky enough to flush without worrying it’ll all come flooding back.
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#traveltipsandtricks #traveltips #travelerstories #travelfacts
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Happy New Year from Tiradentes!
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I’ve spent the last two weeks terrified that something would prevent me from visiting my sister in Brazil—but here I am!
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After numerous COVID tests and 18 hours of travel in an N95, I finally got to Minas Gerais, where, at midnight, I toasted farewell to ‘21 and *Please Be Kind* to ‘22.
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#happynewyear #happynewyear2022 #newyearnails #annesimoneloves
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