Thursday, July 17, 2014

Exposição de Arte: Week 3

One evening a super close Brazilian friend took us to an art reception. The art was wonderful.

I really enjoyed watching Alex and the other Brazilians look at the work. 

It opened a window into Brazilian culture. Alex spent nearly 15 - 20 minutes looking at and thinking about a drawing in the first room. Though he may not have spent that much time looking at all the works, he did spend much more time than Americans. I don't think he ever made to the entire show. 

The idea of time and how we relate to it is very different in North and South American cultures and this certainly could be seen in the way we view our art.

This piece was one of my favorites.

I absolutely loved the experience and the space as well. It was in an old abandoned beer warehouse with walls that seemed to have been built for this specific show. (Though of course it's possible that they were site specific pieces.)

 I hope to return to see the other exhibition. 
I would also like to talk to some of the artists a bit as well.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Dhanyavaad Doston - I had a great year with you all!

I typed a thank you in Hindi that I planned to read at the going away party but forgot it :( and I'm pretty sure it actually made no sense...as I shared it online and was told it didn't make sense (when I get back to the US I will share it anyways.)

I wanted to thank you all for welcoming Jim and I into your community. It was really special to be a part of your family. I've heard missionaries, and less often but other travelers as well, talk about going somewhere and being welcomed into the culture.

I now have a better understanding of how special that really is. There is a difference between hanging out and getting to know people and really being a part of it all and I feel like you guys blessed us with the opportunity to really be a part of your lives and culture.

It's funny becuase after returning to Wyoming I was seriously considering grad school at Khala Bhavan. But when we realized it was a longer program than I had originally thought we decided against it. This past year, though in Wyoming (possibly the place on earth that is the least like India), I really was able to experience a mini-India and it was beautiful. I learned so much about food, culture, religion, languages, social norms, cricket, and fell even more in love with your culture and people.

I began by wanting to learn Hindi. I honestly belive my goals desires changed to simply being friends and sharing life which was so beautiful.

I will never forget my last year in Wyoming and the times that we shared. I love each and every one of you guys. 


Monday, June 23, 2014

3 Countries in One Day: Day 3-6/7

We unintentionally ended up in Paraguay a few days ago. Which is kinda sad becuase of the ease of border crossing also equals the ease of human and drug trafficking...

Standing in Argentina looking at Brazil (rt.) and Paraguay(lft.). 


But I absolutely haf a blast in Argentina with a good friend and his family. And Paraguay was a wonderful experience as well...

Sunday, June 22, 2014

India and Brazil: Day 1 Journal


Ok I absolutely loved India and can already tell that I will live Brazil...I IIlsolove the relaxed cultures of time being more oofan idea than an actual thing and afternoon siestas...but "no problem" in a cute accent followed by the person switching languages and yelling at someone else will never cease to get old.

No problem is used in in both places (as iitis many others) to describe an obvios problem...connecting international flight..can't check in until I have my bag to check..lost bags não falla inglés em Sao Paulo...é "no problem."

some of the most important skills I learned while at the University were how to jump through hoops, peoblem solve, and get stuff done...one of my effective techniques is to ignore things I don't want to deal with...so I slept on the floor of the airport in Sao Paulo until I the office I needed opened...which was over 3 hours late. One bonus to flying internationally with US Air/American Airlines is that they have staff that speak english as no other offices did émeu Portuguese é não muito bom...

Earlier on the plane the deadlocked Columbian soccer player sitting next to me convinced the flight attendants that we were siblings. So every time I said I didn't know him they just laughed and continued speaking to me in Spanish. Lol I later found out why. But being pseudo - siblings did get us both through customs easier. Which maybe it shouldn't have but it did. 

I was excited that I could actually read the Hindi can below and I recognized the other as Bengali (now let's hope I'm right)...more on India and Brazil to come...


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

What Makes Me Happy

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As a part of my fellowship, I was asked to create a list of 10 things that make me happy…Here is my list of the first thirteen things that I thought of.

Having good conversations with people
Playing Legendary with my husband
Making art that I am happy with
Dancing
Playing cricket (or softball)
Snowboarding
Studying a language
Riding my bike
Hugs
Learning about a new culture
Teaching others
My grandma
Baby animals

This is a great journal prompt. What are the first thirteen things you can think of that make you happy?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

My US-Brazil Connect Bio

 Felicia Follum is a watercolor artist who has a passion for using her art to work with people in culturally diverse environments. She currently teaches art, blogging, yoga, and very basic languages (Spanish, Hindi, and Sign Language) to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. And teachers private art lessons with “at-risk” youth. She would like to eventually have her own studio space where she creates and sells artwork and offers various creativity-based classes. Felicia’s significant travel experiences include Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (in South Dakota), Haiti, Mexico, and India. She is excited to spend time in Brazil and see what creative work and lasting friendships will come out of the experience.



To learn more about US-Brazil Connect, check out their website

Monday, May 12, 2014

Ask Me Anything Monday: Sports

I have been getting some questions as a part the US-Brazil Connect program that I am in. I thought it would be fun to answer them in blog post form...so here goes. Enjoy my "Ask Me Anything Monday" series. Feel free to ask about my life, art, or creative inspiration.

Ohhh I absolutely love snowboarding and softball.
 
I have snowboarded since I was in 7th grade and skied for that. The town I went to elementary and middle school in was about 20 minutes from a ski resort. We had to take skiing in PE (Physical Education) as kids.

I have also played softball since I was young. Though once you are out of high school there are few opportunites to actually play fast pitch softball so the last year I have started to play cricket. It is a lot of fun and very challenging.

Cricket



In addition to snowboarding and softball/cricket, I love yoga and dance. I also like golf , riding bikes as well as hiking and backpacking.