Traveling the Amazon

My friends and I slept in a boathouse on the Amazon River our second night in Manaus, Brazil.  From giant cockroaches to swimming piranhas, we saw it all.  I am so grateful to have been able to experience this slow way of life.

6th Grade Travelers

6th GradersLast week I spoke to about sixty sixth graders at Maryetta Elementary School about my trip to South America during my Semester at Sea adventure!  In this picture I was telling the kids a story about when my friends and I stayed in a riverboat on the Amazon River.  We had caught a crocodile on a late night outing and our guide brought it back for us to play with.  They were a great group of kids.  We had fun!

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving on the Amazon
Thanksgiving on the Amazon

One year ago today I was in Brazil on the Amazon River enjoying Thanksgiving dinner with friends from the ship.  I tried to send the picture above to my family however, wifi was a bit restricted.  As much as I enjoyed myself I cannot be happier to be with my family today.  I have so much to be thankful for!!!  This is a very limited list of my favorite things.

1.  Family and friends

2.  Health and the health and well-being of my family

3. Opportunity to pursue a degree in dietetics

4.  My job (including but not limited to my relationships at work)

5.  America (freedom and protection)

6.  Semester at Sea experience (this made me a better person)

7.  Miss Oklahoma Organizations and local pageant directors

8.  My partnership with the American Diabetes Association  (great opportunity to promote health education)

From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

Tawnie Goodwin

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Hi All,

This past week I spoke to a group of sixth graders about nutrition.  In some way or another we got off on the topic of my travels and one boy asked which country was my favorite.  It is difficult for me to choose between my favorite countries because I liked each country for their distinct variations in culture, scenery, food, and tempo.

One of my favorite things about the port city of Rio de Janeiro is its landscape.  The industrial city of Rio de Janeiro sets off the coast, however in many ways shadows the favela, Rocinha.  Rocinha falls into a valley and is surrounded by the vegetated mountainside.  In the photos below, one can see people going about their daily duties, hard at work.

Tawnie Goodwin

Around the World in 80 Words

Nothing forms a better picture of where you see yourself in the world better than travel.   Alice Shi Kemble, another wordpress blogger, posted Five Words which inspired me to document my travels in the same way.  (http://aliceshikembel.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/five-words/)  Below are 5 words and 3 pictures which describe each country I visited.

Tawnie Goodwin

NOVA SCOTIA     Fish and Chips, Lighthouse, Boardwalk   

Halifax, Nova Scotia 113Halifax, Nova Scotia 080Halifax, Nova Scotia 116

IRELAND     Bold Colors, Irish Accent, Galway

527511_4585576527237_924313564_nIpad 042Ipad 101

ENGLAND     Big Ben, Tailored, Tube, Tea

London, England 189London, England 249IMG_0346

BELGIUM     Architecture, Two Hour Breakfast, Chocolate

BelgiumAntwerp, Belgium  Munich, Germany  Paris, France 103Antwerp, Belgium  Munich, Germany  Paris, France 104

FRANCE     La Siene, Croissant, Street Art

Antwerp, Belgium  Munich, Germany  Paris, France 210Antwerp, Belgium  Munich, Germany  Paris, France 209Antwerp, Belgium  Munich, Germany  Paris, France 195

GERMANY     Sausage, Window Flowers, Friendly People 

 Antwerp, Belgium  Munich, Germany  Paris, France 125Antwerp, Belgium  Munich, Germany  Paris, France 134Antwerp, Belgium  Munich, Germany  Paris, France 151

PORTUGAL     Tile Art, Portuguese, Beach Climate

Lisbon, Portugal 050Lisbon, Portugal 161Lisbon, Portugal 008

SPAIN     Smells, Salsa Dancing, Flamenco, Spice

Cadiz, Spain 013Cadiz, Spain 343Cadiz, Spain 049

ITALY     Gelato, Cinque Terra, Bella Lingua

Buon Giorno 370Buon Giorno 091Buon Giorno 391

GHANA     Obamaland, Street Venders, Basket Balancing

Tema, Ghana 035Tema, Ghana 177Argentina and Uruguay 563

SOUTH AFRICA     Vibrant, Colorful, Safari, European Influence

Capetown, South Africa 130Argentina and Uruguay 1097Capetown, South Africa 045

ARGENTINA     Theatrical, Beef, Antique, Gaucho Ranch

Argentina and Uruguay 1396Argentina and Uruguay 1502Argentina and Uruguay 1598

URUGUAY     Simplistic, Slow, Warm, Beach, Spanish

1Argentina and Uruguay 1738Argentina and Uruguay 1769

BRAZIL     Favela, Amazon, Rio, Collective, Humid

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 084Manaus, Brazil 375Manaus, Brazil 398

DOMINICA     Warm, Snorkeling, Vegetation, Hot Springs

Dominica 051IMG_6461Dominica 008

HOME     Personal Space, Home, Freedom, Burgers 

Back on the Ranch 264Miami, Florida 053Back on the Ranch 230