To be an stranger

In Brazilian Portuguese the words “Foreigner” and “Alien” can be translated as “estrangeiro/estrangeira”, with the correct spelling. However, if you were to pay close attention to how the Brazilian people pronounce the word, you may notice that the “i” is silent, leading to something like this: “estrangero/estrangera”. Interestingly enough, if one takes the first and last vowels out of the portuguese word one will get the english “stranger”, which according to language dictionaries, and the thesaurus, means “foreigner” or “alien”. Full circle!

In order to go a little further with this word playing, I looked up the definition of “Stranger” in the dictionary, and it reads:

stranger |ˈstrānjər|


a person whom one does not know or with whom one is not familiar: don’t talk to strangers | she remained a stranger to him.

• a person who does not know, or is not known in, a particular place or community: I’m a stranger in these parts | he must have been a stranger to the village.

(stranger to) a person entirely unaccustomed to (a feeling, experience, or situation): he is no stranger to controversy.

hello, stranger!

humorous used to greet someone whom one has not seen for some time.

ORIGIN: late Middle English: shortening of Old French estrangier, from Latin extraneus.

So, here I am: a Brazilian woman, whom in the past 8 years has been living the American life. I am an alien, a foreigner, a stranger, or simply an immigrant. To be honest, that really never bothered me, but now, like many others who were not born here, I am in the spotlight.

Although this whole new situation which is still not bothering me, it is interesting to notice how behavior has changed around “strangers”.  Up to a month ago, people were usually curious about my accent, and the reasons that brought me to the US; but now things are different, and, as a result, I get questions about: my paperwork, my immigration status, my citizenship, and every once in a while, a funny “aren’t you too white to be Brazilian”. has been up for years. I created the blog to talk about my views, and my different experiences as a “Brazilian soul, living an American life”. Since I wanted to keep writing in Portuguese (my natural language), the posts were mainly directed to the Brazilian public. But, that is about to change.

It is time for people (all over), to understand what it means when we talk about a world that is bigger than border limits. By saying this, I don’t mean that I am against immigra
tion policies, but I believe there are cases and “then there are cases”. I believe in the social rules, and citizen commitments we all have (some may be fair and some may not). For instance: don’t be a criminal, respect the laws, pay taxes, don’t run naked in public, recycle, etc, etc, etc. Nevertheless, I believe in the human race; in that everyone is looking to improve themselves, and their surroundings.

To sum up, I believe that when a (good) person decides to make such a big move for their life, the decision has to come with knowing the consequences. For example, there are going to be different customs, and maybe a different language. Agreeing with this, will make the transition easier and worth it. In this way, people are showing respect for the place they’ve chosen to be their new home.

MORE?… in the future posts of this new eSTRANGERa.!

By the way:  I am here due to a very universal reason: love. A love that is so big it taught me, that we are all destined for good. But, we have to pay attention to the simple little things around us. I left my big city life, for the woods. I left my well establish career, to become a house wife. I left the comfort of knowing my language, to struggle with an accent. I left my family: my loving parents, the bond with my siblings, the nieces and nephew that I’m not watching to grow, and the friends I will never replace, to start all over.

So far, this journey has been incredible and I’m happy to share, that when I opened my heart, and mind to the new, I started to discover myself all over again.

‘till next time 😉




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The beauty of Bella’s

This beauty right here (the photo)

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Lobster bisque, croutons, pasta salada (one of the side options), apple juice, and tuna salad on white bread (they have other options of bread). Photo by: Gabi Hoover

is the reason why I’m back to my blog’s english corner (by the way, HELLO.. and thank you for taking the time to read it).

This is Bella’s Lobster Bisquê, a delicious cream, perfectly seasoned for a full flavor lunch experience. Ohh.. yeah.. I just used a lot of adjetives to describe a soup, but it has become one of my summer favorites.

Bella’s, a little bistro/bakery located in Clayton -NY, overlooking part of the St. Lawerence river in the  #1000Islands, has unique dishes, all created in it’s kitchen and using mostly local products. Last year, among other entrées, we were great fans of the Crabcake BLT (hoping it will be back in the menu). Their spinach salad is also tasty, and the pastries … yummmmm!!! 

Now, please understand: I am not a food critic. I am a food fan. And as a Brazilian, I love flavorful food that is not overpowered by spices. During summer, the #ThousandIslands region is booming with the local restaurants, bistros, coffee shops, and ice cream parlors. For the past three years, my husband and I go out on little motorcycle trips, exploring the area and trying it’s flavors. Bella’s has never disappointed us. Not only is the food delicious, but the service, the ambience, and attention of it’s staff is great. Ohh well… and to top it all off: THE BEAUTIFUL VIEW provided by the #StLawrenceRiver.

This week we visited Bella’s for the first time for 2016. It was a quick visit and we got to take our boy with us for the first time. The place is open and going with options for breakfast, a super cute children’s menu, and honest prices.

In case you need a good excuse to go for a drive… here is my little tip.

See you 😉