Here's my story, and this is why I write this blog.
I'm Rachel Glickhouse. I'm in my late 20s, and I'm originally from New York. I went to the George Washington University, where I majored in Latin American Studies and Spanish, and while in college I studied abroad in the Dominican Republic and Argentina. During my college years, I had the opportunity to travel throughout Latin America, including Brazil. I grew to love the country (and a Brazilian), and learned Portuguese and everything I could about the country's history and culture.
Once I graduated in 2007, I moved to Rio de Janeiro, where I lived with my now-husband for two years. While there, I had the opportunity to explore the city and other parts of the country, and decided to chronicle my experiences through this blog. What began as a personal project to share my day-to-day life and impressions of the country evolved into something more as I began looking into current affairs and some of the major issues in the news.
In 2009, I returned to New York, where I married my husband. I spent two years working at a software company, and during that time I continued my blog as a way to stay connected to what was happening in Brazil and continue challenging myself as a writer. In 2011, I began a new job as a full-time writer focusing on Latin America, and I decided to continue the blog to be able to focus in on important issues that I'm keeping an eye on in Brazil. Whether doing research from afar or doing on the ground stories, this is a space where I try to provide a different perspective on Brazil: that of an outsider, but one with a nuanced view giving context about the country's history, culture, and politics.