An attempt at not forgetting 17 years of French

It has been three months since I finished my degree! What! While I've always been good at keeping up with the literature side of my degree, the French side can be a little harder to slot into everyday life (without moving to France that is, believe me - I'm trying). I was reading at least…

City by the book: Rio de Janeiro & de Assis

Once again, my novel picked for Rio de Janeiro turned out to cover a much broader space of land than just Rio, but so did our trip, so it worked out quite well. For Rio de Janeiro, or for Brazil, I picked Don Casmurro by Machado de Assis, written in 1899. We were only in Rio itself…

City by the book: Amazon/Manaus & Ibbotson

Perhaps my favourite read from my trip was, unsurprisingly, a children's book. Mid way through our trip we arrived in a small city close to the Colombian and Peruvian borders of Brazil - Tabatinga. From Tabatinga we took a four day boat to Manaus, a bustling city in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. While…