Casey’s Daily Life Field Note

What is daily life like?

I interviewed my host sister. She is 28 years old. I hope you enjoy meeting her!

  •  What is your full name?

Flavia Calmon

  • Where do you live? What is your house like?

I live in an apartment with my mom and an exchange student from the United States in Leblon. It is not a very large apartment but it has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room and a kitchen. It is nicely decorated, though very messy.

  • What is your family like?

My family is lives all over the world. One of my sisters lives in Canada, my father left a long time ago for Europe, my mother lives here in Rio but loves to travel everywhere, my other sister lives with her husband and daughter nearby. My grandmother lives just outside of Rio. We love to get together and eat and drink for holidays.

  • How do you get around?

I usually take the bus to and from work, some people take the metro but it is easier for me to use the bus and walk. There is a lot of traffic in Rio so it never really makes sense to have a car in my opinion.

  • What types of clothing do you like to wear?

Since I work for a law firm, as a paralegal, I have to mostly wear professional clothing. In Brazil, this means pants that are not jeans, and a conservative top. If I wear a dress it has to be at least to my knees. Outside of work I like to wear sundresses. Also, I like to wear a lot of color. Even for professional clothing. This is common here in Brazil.

  • What do you like to do in your free time?

With my free time I like to hang out with my friends around Zona sul. I also very much like to see movies in English, they are usually much better. Also I go to the beach on the weekend, just like every other carioca, which means Rio native.

  • What language(s) do you speak? How do you say “Hello” in your language?

I speak English and Portuguese. In Portuguese “hello” is “ola” or “oi”.

  • Do you have pets?

Yes I have a 13 year-old Maltese named Lila.

  • Have you traveled? Where have you traveled to?

I actually just got back from traveling to the US. I went to California and Nevada. My favorite place was San Diego, though I also visited Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco. I was very surprised by how crowded and dirty Hollywood was. San Diego and Santa Barbara were very beautiful and very relaxing, there were not many people and the beaches were almost as beautiful as Rio.

  • What do you do for work?

I work at a law firm as a paralegal. This means I help lawyers with the background research for their arguments. Mostly I read a lot and look for cases that could help create a more solid argument.

  • Is there anything else you would like to say to students in the United States?

That they should work very hard in school! It may not be as visible in the US, especially during these hard economic times for everybody, but here in Brazil you can see how much better life is getting. And the people who not only have degrees from good universities, but are also interested in what they do and in seeking knowledge, those are the ones succeeding the most these days.

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