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Uniting strangers, creating friends, that was Selma!

When I first read Selma’s Introduction Page I already felt we had a special bond having both spent our formative years growing up in Kenya, Canada and England.  When I reached out to her via the blogging  world it was obvious that I did not know what I was getting into.  We exchanged some Swahili words, talked about our experiences in these different countries and immediately I felt the warmth and friendship that emanated from her.  Selma Jeevanjee’s family at one point owned 70% of Nairobi in the pioneering, colonial days of the city.  We talked about our love of Kenya and Africa as a whole.


The Beauty of Brazil


Dear Fellow Bloggers and Readers, I had taken a bit of a hiatus from the blogging world for the past couple of weeks as we lost my mother in law in Canada. It was an upsetting time for all and I was consumed with a whole range of emotions both mentally and physically. My next post will be dedicated to her.

Today, I’d like to re-blog this post on Brazil. It was exactly a year ago last March that we took this trip. I had been thinking of blogging, writing a journal, cataloging my travel adventures, and Safari of the Mind was born. I also wanted to showcase some of my experiences in the kitchen, gardening and travel. At the time I was pretty proud of my first post, it took me almost a month to put together. My blogging experiences have exploded since then. I’ve met some amazing folks from around the world, I’ve learned new and innovative ways to present. I’ve taken online courses to improve the blog content and photography and I’ve interacted with some very special folks.

I hope you will take the time to read this wonderful travel adventure in Brazil. Social Media has taken on a whole new meaning for me. Thanks friends :)

Originally posted on Safari of the Mind:


Little is known about the history of Brazil before 1500.  When the Portuguese arrived in 1500, the Brazilian population consisted of over 5 million indigenous people. When their numbers began depleting, the Portuguese started shipping slaves from Africa in the mid-16th century.  Over the centuries, Brazil’s peoples were diversified further by several waves of immigration from the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

When Debra and Bruno invited us to Brazil, there was no hesitation on our part to accept, and before you know it, I was happily making reservations, researching places, getting visas processed and getting ready for a trip of a lifetime.

And so our journey begins… The 10 hour flight from JFK to Sao Paulo is not as bad as I had anticipated. I pass the time watching movies, reading, knitting, playing games and watching the map in the seat in front of me.  The descent into Sao Paulo is breathtaking: mountain ranges…

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