Brasil Begins

I formed some friendships during college with a few incredible women who have turned out to be some of the most consistent, persistent, and powerful relationships of my life. My closest female friends live all over the world. While I absolutely love building connections on a global scale and seeing my brilliant friends thrive in their respective careers in their special corners of the world, it's really difficult sometimes to live with the reality that I am only able to see them once every few years. We stay up on social media and through e-mails, but there's nothing like real hangouts. 

For that reason, I decided that I would start out this new period of freedom in my schedule with a celebratory trip to visit one of my closest friends, Marina, in her beautiful homeland of Brazil. It turns out that one of our other closest friends, Daniella, planned on rounding off her last leg of a 6-month around-the-world excursion in Brazil with Marina. Three busy women but we made it happen. We're hanging out. 

This is my second time in Brazil. I first came nearly 8 years ago with Marina for winter break when we were sophomores at Dartmouth. I am thrilled to be back. 

Here are some pics from our first couple of days together. Many more to come...
 

Night 1 in Sao Paulo. I taught Daniella and Marina a barre/yoga class in a studio overlooking the entire city. Here they are in tree pose. 

Daniella + Me + Marina outside of a party called Pilantrage. Amazing DJ, great music.  It was so refreshing to be in a night life scene that was truly about the music. It felt much less self-conscious than New York, where I used to live. I love to dance and party but I do not drink! 

Daniella + Me + Marina outside of a party called Pilantrage. Amazing DJ, great music.  It was so refreshing to be in a night life scene that was truly about the music. It felt much less self-conscious than New York, where I used to live. I love to dance and party but I do not drink! 

An incredible view of Sao Paulo from Marina's dad's building. Living well, Percy! 

An incredible view of Sao Paulo from Marina's dad's building. Living well, Percy!