13 July 2018

A & A Guidebook : Addison Street


Today, we visited Addison Street, home to three stores including NaNin (pictured above).


"The store was very cool and had candles that smelled yummy."
- Alice


Next door is Addison Vintage. 
They had a huge collection of hand picked items, including all these ~funky~ sunglasses.
Overall, a cool store. 


They also carry local and handmade new goods, like this case of jewelry.


The third store on the street is Yesterday's Heroes. This is another vintage store with a bit of a different, simpler vibe. Lots of jeans plus a mix of new and old clothes, all handpicked by the owner.


Lastly, we checked out NaNin's studio candle sale. They had a selection of clothing as well as tons of candles for very cheap. The candles smelled delicious and we got a few for ourselves and few as gifts.

Overall, not a typical day of babysitting or a regular shopping experience. However, it was a different experience that was worth exploring - even for kids. (Especially because of the free food and LaCroix at the studio...and the adorable dog.)


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05 November 2017

a simple gift : found in translation

I sometimes judge fame by the length of somebody’s Wikipedia article. My aunt’s 456 word entry qualified her, by my primitive terms, as mildly famous.

I’ve always been semi-creative, but never enough to become a full-time artist. Similarly, I’ve always been part Brazilian, yet didn’t understand that nationality. My aunt seemed to have mastered both, directing films about Brazilian culture. Then, she offered me an internship. I had just returned from nine months abroad, so I wasn’t sure. But I set off for Brazil with no expectations, just as I had for France.  

Landing in Paris, my only expectation was learning French - total immersion left me no choice. I didn't expect the personal growth - that was accidental. 

For weeks, I used my host brothers as personal translators. Tired of my questions, they replied “d├ębrouilles-toi.” Google translated it to “figure it out yourself.”  The vocabulary was useful, but the meaning meant more. 

I slowly navigated France through trial and error. At the beginning of the year, it took weeks before I ordered the coffee I wanted. One day, my caramel-cafe-creme-with-three-extra-shots-of-espresso was waiting for me when I stepped off the 7:36 bus. My persistence paid off - the coffee truck heard my order so much that they anticipated it. I kept figuring things out myself, from food to new cities. 

People said I’d completely change while abroad, but I think France just showed me hidden parts of myself. Leaving for Brazil, I took everything I’d developed in France. Curiosity, resilience, determination, humor.

I arrived in Sao Paulo fighting mono and majorly sleep deprived. Interning was wild - five films in the finishing stages of production, with two weeks until the release. My aunt handed me the films, telling me to create English subtitles as correct and concise as possible. 

I found the production offices solo, and began dictating changes to the production assistant. Halfway through the morning, I realized I could streamline the tedious process by learning to input the subtitles myself. We shifted to working independently, side-by-side. Using my English and initiative to save Karla’s time, I felt useful. Professional.

I don’t plan on studying film, but I interned to learn about working. While I was there, I learned about color editing, sound clips, exporting changes… And how little sleep people get during final production - I was an intern and still left the house before nine, only to get home no earlier than 1am. 

The first week, I probably watched each movie twenty times. We narrated along with the characters and hum the soundtracks. I could picture exact shots in the movies, pulling away from the favela for a multi-colored aerial.

We flew into Rio and drove straight to the first screening. Golden hour lit the favela, so I took out my camera, and little kids ran up to pose. I looked so out of place that my Portuguese confused them.

Watching the movie with Joao, the stories came to life. He told me which kids he knew, which scenes his house was in. The story was about badminton, but he told me about the police who were bad guys, that life wasn’t safe in the “communidade.” I knew most Brazilians didn't live like me, but it took a six-year-old boy to drive it home. 

Afterwards, I watched the Olympics, cheering alongside Brazilian fans. I saw another reality - Brazilian patriotism. In one month, I learned more about half of myself than I knew before. 

People talk about lost in translation, but I’ve haven’t lost anything in my languages. French, English, Portuguese - they’ve taught and given me so much. Not linguistically, but personally. Outside of my natural habitat, I realized who I really was. I became more determined, curious, resilient. I gained independence. Humor. Fearlessness. I left my adventures with a new sense of self.







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03 September 2017

before college: a recap

A year(ish) told in photographs - to celebrate a new beginning.

And hopefully a rebirth of the blog.

I ended my year in France with a trip to Scotland...

Then I traveled to Brazil to see family...
And the Olympic Games...
And the Games with family...
And then I did a super cool internship, involving film...
And I traveled a bit with my sisters...
 Then fall came, along with Cleo...
And I had thanksgiving with friends...
And family...
And Cleo got cuter...
And I went to Colorado and skied out of bounds...
I went to the Women's March...
And saw an old house...
And went to Patagonia...
To see beautiful mountains...
Cute (crazy) kids...
And hike with friends...
Then I did some yoga(?) with my sister...
And went to Spain to visit my other sister...
And an ancient palace...
Plus Switzerland for cousins but also chocolate...
Then France for lunch with my moms host family...
Plus some receptions...
At the American Embassy in Paris...
Then back to regular high school life...
And coxing the best Women's Novice 4+ in the Mid Atlantic Region...
And trying to perfect chocolate chip cookies...
Also known as making 29384203948390 cookies...
And then doing it over and over...
Then Carmen came home...
And I graduated...
Finally...
I set off on Beach Week...
To Charleston, SC...

To eat good food and see houses that are older than the USA...

And built in the most stunning place...
Then summer began...
And a road trip to Rhode Island...
For family and a wedding...
An impromptu trip to North Dakota...
The stunning landscapes...
And an authentic summer pow wow at Standing Rock...
Then later, a trip to Machu Picchu...
And some beautiful Peruvian mountains...
And countryside...
Perfect for hiking through...
Some lovely shops...
And gorgeous views...
And plenty of babysitting...
Hard work...
Wild rides...
Visits with good friends in good (tea!) places..

And now I'm here in Vermont - ready to start a new year and a new adventure.

{more to follow, including details from this past year}






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