We love living where we do, there are so many ways that our quality of life has improved, but there are also a few lame hardships that we undertake. This is our list of things that have been extremely helpful while living in Brazil.
Skype: Okay, you must be living under a rock if you haven't heard of Skype. But it's a great video calling service. There is a free option (if you're calling someone who is also a Skype user), or a paid option (if you're calling a land line or cell phone). We speak with our parents and grandparents every week with this, and it's a lifesaver.
Brazilian Express and Kayak: We use both of these together to find our cheapest tickets back home.
Hallmark and VistaPrint: It's not a huge deal, but I sometimes feel bad not being able to easily, or reliably, send cards. We send birthday cards through Hallmark and made and sent Christmas cards through VistaPrint. Both are easy to use, easy to personalize, and have address saving systems.
Programs I've followed to help learn Portuguese (ranked in order of helpfulness, I guess?): Rosetta Stone (great for pronunciation)...wait, I have to look up what else I use...
TVShow7: For watching all your favorite US TV shows online!
Well, I'm sure there's more, but that's a start. I'll continue to update this list as I remember more.
p.s. I am looking for a good northeast Brazil plant and animal identification method, whether it's a website, book, textbook, if any of you know of something like that.