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Boat tour of Ilha Grande

It’s not a proper holiday without some rest and relaxation.  Having completed two big hikes, Eliza and I decided to spend the day on a boat tour of Ilha Grande.  We didn’t have anything booked ahead of time, but as there are tour operators every few feet, we figured we could easily snag a tour […]

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Dois Rios, Ilha Grande

There are so many beautiful beaches on Ilha Grande, that you almost don’t know where to begin.  As there are no cars on the island, many are accessible by foot only.  Such is the case for Dois Rios (Two Rivers), which we reached by taking trail T14, roughy 14Km roundtrip from Abraao. I was a […]

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Circuito do Abraao, Ilha Grande

After sleeping in a bit, I decided to spend my second day on Ilha Grande by exploring the island.  This is always a bit more challenging when it’s swelteringly hot out!  I remembered reading about a trail with a beach and a waterfall not too far from town (45 mins walk) so I thought that […]

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Ravinia Festival

I love music. Of all kinds! My iPod has everything from pop to alternative to EDM to classical, and everything in between.  Live music takes the experience to a whole other level; there’s something about the energy of the crowd that I just find infectious. So when a coworker told me about Ravinia Festival, I […]

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A day at the races: Arlington Park, IL

Last weekend a group of friends and I headed to Arlington Park to check out the horses. My first time at a race track! Arlington was just a quick train ride from Chicago via the Metra (my first Metra ride too!). The day started out a bit cloudy but we lucked out with a beautiful, […]

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