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My Trip to Florianopolis

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

After 16 hours of flight, three plane changes and traveling to a different hemisphere, landing in Florianópolis, Brazil was absolutely wonderful. Florianópolis is called “Floripa” by the locals and I was quick to dive into a new and exciting culture. Floripa is an island Photobucket located in Southern Brazil and is the capital of Santa Catarina. Coming from Southern California, it was refreshing to see that the weather was very similar. I went as a student taking a course called Global News Media and attended the Universidade Florianópolis, Santa Catarina. Most of the students at the school were quite fluent in English, which proved to be very handy for me and my other classmates. Everyone was so friendly and welcomed me with open arms.

As part of the course, I was able to visit local media outlets, such as newspapers, television stations and radio stations. The journalists were very busy and the ambiance was not any different than in the United States. While visiting one of the radio stations, a few of the radio hosts decided to interview a few of my classmates and myself live on the radio. Along with our poorly rehearsed Portuguese, our Spanish came in very handy.Photobucket

One of the best things about Floripa is the beautiful beaches. The sunsets are indescribable and I was in awe to be able to see the Antarctic Ocean for the first time in my life. My favorite location on the island was a lagoon called Lagoa de Conceicao! There were so many restaurants, shops and the beach was breathtaking. I will never forget my trip to Florianópolis. Each time I tell someone of my trip, it takes me back to all my wonderful memories and experiences. I made life-long friends and I am definitely planning on returning soon!

A “Mother Land” Experience

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Iris Shopping

 

Management Supervisor Iris Hosea shopping in Warri, Nigeria.

Traveling to Africa in 2008 was my third trip to the “Mother Land,” however this trip was just as special as my first one. I was invited to meet and spend time with my guy’s family. Flying to Nigeria is approximately a 20-hour flight, which includes connections. We departed LAX on Christmas Day, connected in Atlanta and arrived in Lagos, Africa the next day, traditionally known as “Boxing Day” (Nigeria is eight hours ahead of California). From Lagos, we took a smaller plane to our final destination, Warri, Nigeria. (more…)