Why wasn't I blogging all along? That's a real question, not a rhetorical one. I guess it's because blogging, while a wonderful way to emote and share, does in fact take some doing, não é assim? But a blog of this sort has been a long time coming. I've been writing in a journal– sitting there in my room, just me, some candles and Jewel– for most of my life, and I have always wanted to transfer that practice into a more virutal space in order to keep my people in my adventure loop. So now I'm dedicating time to blogging. And I'm excited about it.

If you are reading this, you probably know me. And you've probably played Where in the World is Christina Lorimer quite a few times. Although undoubtedly thrilling, we're going to go ahead and put a stop to that nonsense. I'm right here! Here in Brazil! I'm liking blogging so much that I think I will go back and weave other experiences I've had outside the US with this one to explore how and why living in another country, culture and language is not only a manic experience of extreme highs and lows, but also the best way to foster tolerance, humility, creativity, curiosity and, as Ice Cube says, to check yo self before you wreck yo self.

This blog is for both of us. I'm a firm believer in critical self-reflection, an activity that caters to my bouts of insomnia but more importantly helps me figure out where I am, where I'm going and why. If you know me, you probably also know that when given the freedom, I write very much like I talk, usually making up words and mixing languages. So, FYI, this is a informal blog. Academic Christina lives on the Professional page.

Oh! That reminds me: I acknowledge that this is not an official Department of State website, and that the views and information presented are my own and do not represent the Fulbright Program or the Deptartment of State. There, I said it. Now, go read the blog! Tempting isn't it? You know you want to...