B is for Brazil

Smiles all round- Brazil Brazil Brazil

Smiles all round- Brazil Brazil Brazil

It is strange in life, when you become fixated on an idea; something becomes a driving force, a goal, dream, a passion…

Ask me 6 months ago about my interest in the country Brazil, the idea of travelling there, its people, its cuisine…I would have simply shrugged my shoulders and rattled of a list of other places round the world I longed to visit. I could have given you diverse reasons for my desire to travel to Spain, Italy, the ever familiar UK or NYC.

But Brazil…no….It has long been a place I wanted to travel too….one day…someday….When exactly? Not fussed. Who with? Not sure. Why? No particular reason.

Ask me now about my interest in Brazil and the idea of travelling there…..And you would struggle to shut me up.

Yes, it is strange how the passing of time, the willingness to be open to opportunity and challenge…creates a space for one to explore, ponder and dream.

Six months ago, I started a job at Sydney University as an Internship coordinator, placing International student’s in a broad range of workplace internships throughout the city. I worked with students from the USA, UK, Germany, Sweden and Norway….Brazil…not so much.

Fast forward a couple of months, and due to a Brazilian government scholarship fund, which enables Brazilian students to study abroad all expenses paid…. I have placed in excess of 190 Brazilian students in research internship placements…and the program isn’t showing signs of slowing down in 2014.

Through this student group, the interaction with academics and peers…my love of all things Brazil has grown…..I might not speak Portuguese but I have can speak Portuguese English VERY well….

‘I have a doubt’ means ‘ I have a question’
‘Worked’ is pronounced ‘ Work – ed’ eg I work-ed at the bank in my home country.

And so on….

Yes, I am no longer content to sit in an office block in Sydney; working with this student group without having visited their home country…I need to work out for myself why their smiles are so bright, their laughter infectious and their love of friends, family and home country so evident……

May the day soon dawn when I turn the computer off, put down the data entry….put on my Havaiana flip flops…and board the next plane to Rio….

Click on the link below to read about the Brazilian student group at the University of Sydney, the student group that make me smile xx
B is for Brazil

Five Sentence Fiction- Companion

Word prompt Companion

Staring at the classified section of the Saturday paper she recognised the words of someone ever so familiar

‘ Mature male seeking female companion to share a love of gardening, bush walking and tea drinking’

She knew the words where her Father’s, who had been widowed 4 years ago, when his wife, her mother had died of liver cancer.

She was so proud to see those words in bold print in the newspaper, she had been pushing him ever so gently to get out and meet new people, it was time, they both knew it.

And without any fanfare he’d done it, ever so sneakily….as she reread his list of must haves again ‘ a love if gardening, bush walking and tea sipping’ her smile broadened, he had forgotten to add an essential requirement- a love of sushi making, a skill he had recently mastered the art of, a cuisine now devoured for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Five Sentence Fiction-Ruins

Word Prompt- Ruins

How could she want more, ruin what they already had?

On closer examination, he reflected that the friendship they shared was close to perfect, more than he could ever have hoped for with a person of the opposite sex.

The letter held tightly in his hands revealed she wanted more than friendship, she had done so ever since they met at the town hall dance 2 years earlier.

Was his anger a result of his inability to see this coming, this hot and heavy letter with references to love, devotion and undying passion?

He was totally and utterly confused, questions flooded his mind, demanding instant answers… But there were nothing to be done in that moment but to tear the letter to shreds and leave it in pieces on the floor.

Five Sentence Fiction – Lucky

Word prompt- Lucky

‘Put your hand into the box , go on, up on your tip toes, reach inside and see what treasure you can find’

She was’nt interested in this game at all…she didn’t believe in luck, even when it game to picking prizes in a lucky dip.

‘I’m going to get a prize meant for a boy’ she thought over and over as her hand fumbled around inside the box, settling on a round shaped object she assumed was an apple.

It turned out to be a tennis ball…she hated anything to do with sport.

Pin the tail on the donkey hand begun in the room across from the kitchen, but she hadn’t the heart to get involved, what was the point anyway, she was bound to loose, instead she took a plate piled high with party food and sat alone in the backyard…..finally in this moment she began to enjoy her birthday festivities.

Happy Happy Anniversary

Celebrating 70 years of marriage with a letter from the QUEEN!!

Celebrating 70 years of marriage with a letter from the QUEEN!!


Joan and Bruce Gibson
Click on the words’ Joan and Bruce Gibson’ to see a photo of a couple MOST in LOVE!!

When I was born, my Grandparents, Joan and Bruce Gibson, had already been married for 35 years.
Now I am 35, and my Grandparents have married for 70 years.

On the weekend we celebrated this momentous occasion…their Platinum wedding anniversary….70 years of wedded bliss.
There are’nt words to do justice to the bond my grandparents share….but there is a look, the look of admiration and understanding, companionship, an unspoken trust that needs no explaining.
The look of love on display, evident to all who cross paths with this special pair. It was their at the lunch on Saturday.

So Happy Happy 70th wedding anniversary Nan and Grandfather.

I will never quiet emulate your 70 years of marital splendour ( I’m thus far missing a husband) but I will forever have you as a shining example of commitment, patience and acceptance…an all encompassing view of love…enduring love…the kind that lasts for 70 years….and fingers crossed….many more.

Happy Happy 70th wedding anniversary!!

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