Stacked-Books-SILOMy August trip to Brazil for research on its expanding defense industry turned into a Colby gastronomy tour. I was invited to several programs in Brazil and in Chile—and I reunited with Colby friends—and friends of Colby friends— along the way. In Sao Paulo Mark and Sonya Abrams, brother of the late Rick Abrams ’78 and brother and sister-in-law of Susan Kenyon ’78, treated me to a fabulous Japanese dinner. The following night Rafael Campos, husband of Marina Grande Campos ’94, took me to a wonderful Italian restaurant while Marina and their girls were in St. Petersburg. In Rio, I enjoyed my evening with the consul general of the United States, John Creamer, and his wife, Liza, introduced to my husband, Professor Sandy Maisel, and me by Andrew Rudman ’87. I cheered Abbott Matthews ’13 as she placed third in her age cohort in the Rio half-marathon, and we caught up again in Brasília, where she is serving as a Fulbrighter. My other night in Brasília was with friends of Ted and Anne Clarke Wolff ’85. The embracing nature of the Colby network is truly amazing.     But I digress. On very long trips like this one I enjoy both listening—I have become quite a fan of Audible on my cell phone, especially for the airport drives—and reading. My travels were made more pleasurable by:

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  • Think Like a Freak by Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt
  • Brazil by Michael Reid
  • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by David Shafer
  • The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr