Holiday Box

Bela and I were thrilled to get our Try the World box today.  The contents were truly international.  We got some mouth watering items.  My personal favorite (that we have not yet opened) is the box of French TRUFFLES!  The Swedish ginger snaps are a close second.  Then there are the cookies from Morocco and the panattone from Italy….we should have enough snacks to last us a while.  Maybe.


One of us is sure to try the Italian hazelnut cream or the Brazilian Acai Dessert Sauce over bread or yogurt (or maybe ice cream) soon.  Since Bela has been drinking tea lately, the Ruby Red Restorative Winter Calming Tea from the United Kingdom is definitely hers.  I will also soon cook with the extra virgin olive oil from Israel.


I appreciate the recipes and serving suggestions that come inside every box.  There was even a list of suggested music to accompany the foods in this box!  Wouldn’t a Try the World subscription be an amazing school gift?  Maybe I could use these in my foreign language classes!

Talk among yourselves….I hear the siren song of chocolate truffles!

Viva, Brasil!

Our Brasilian (Brazilian) exchange student, Joao, is an awesome kid.  I finally got to meet his family, and Joao’s sweetness made sense.  The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and his parents are super people!  I met them at school earlier today, and Nuria, Joao’s mom, gave me and Ysabela gifts.  (There was lots of hugging at school.)  Marcelo, Joao’s dad, is a warm, loving person, so he’s perfect for Nuria.  🙂  I wanted Bela to meet the family as soon as possible, so we tracked them down after school.

They welcomed us warmly with lots of hugs, and we spoke a smattering of English peppered with Portuguese and Spanish.  Amazingly, there was no communication barrier.  (I had to have a few pictures, and I did warn them they would appear in my blog.)

I would encourage you all to investigate the possibilities of intercultural exchange.  I have seen first-hand how it changes lives.

Bela shared some of her Brasilian candy with me!  YUM!

Bela shared some of her Brasilian candy with me! YUM!


Beautiful people, international friends!

Beautiful people, international friends!

If Joao's family is any indication, Brasilians are great people.

If Joao’s family is any indication, Brasilians are great people.