March should be spring time. Warmer weather, longer days and flowers starting to bloom.
We did get a few blooming flowers on the Jacaranda trees, but other than those purple beauties our March was upside down.
Will we ever get used to the seasons in the southern hemisphere? I really don’t think so, those patterns are too deeply ingrained.
So it’s March and our temps are getting cooler, our days are getting shorter, and we’ve put a blanket on our bed because it’s too cold to sleep at night with only the sheet. Soon we’ll need the big comforter.
Let me show you a peek into our month. Here are my five favorite photos from each of my two 365 photo projects:
I talk a lot about our broken, crooked, uneven, dangerous sidewalks, especially after I took a big spill last week in front of the grocery store, but there are a few sidewalks in town that have some really gorgeous creativity to their design.
I also talk a bit about the ridiculously inefficient bureaucracy that is a daily part of life here. I had to spend several hours again this month at the Police Federal in Campinas, most of it in the waiting area, trying to get a simple typo corrected for my Brazilian ID. Three trips, dozens of pieces of paper, and hours of time spent, and I finally got the correction made… to my temporary ID. In six months to a year I’ll have to do it all over again for my permanent ID. Stupid.
There is a tree here called the Jacaranda. I the autumn it bursts out in these beautiful purple flowers. I love seeing the big splash of color among the other green trees, but they seem so spring like that it adds to my confusion about the seasons.
Our good friends who used to work with Brian in Rio das Ostras, and who took my daughter and I on our road trip to Curitiba a couple of years ago, came to visit. It was so nice to have them here! We miss our friends so much. Having their new puppy along for the weekend was a fun added bonus.
My haul after a Friday morning spent stocking up on groceries. I try to avoid the mad crush of the market on the weekends, which also means that I have bacon ready for Saturday morning. Sometimes I get carried away and my bags are really, really heavy. It’s a good workout though, right?
Behold the crash site. I made the mistake of not watching my feet last week as I was leaving the grocery store, and rolled my ankle hard on this cement patch. I went all the way down on my hands and knees, but a young man was only a few feet away (working on his car) and ran over to help me. It was so nice to be shown such sympathy by a stranger who seemed genuinely concerned and made sure I was alright before helping me up. Not only did his quick action to help me make me feel good, but I managed to not break a single glass bottle in my grocery bags, including the wine we bought for our friends!
I was invited to Monte Verde in the state of Minas Gerais over Carnaval. We spent four and a half days exploring the waterfalls, back roads and tiny shops of the area and I had the best time getting to know new friends. I have more posts coming about my trip there, but here’s a peek at the gorgeous hidden waterfall where we spent our first full day.
This one makes me smile. I was trying to get a shot of this beautiful garage door in our neighborhood, but instead ended up with a self portrait in the reflection. Hello!
This pastel rainbow creeps across our apartment every afternoon. Other than the big trip to Minas, it’s been a domestic few weeks at home. I do love our apartment, and this cheery little rainbow never fails to make me smile.
One of the best things about our apartment? The view of our incredible sunsets. Every single night we get a new light show.
This is the Jacaranda tree. A riot of purple, with its lovely blooms and gently falling petals that carpet the ground below. These trees are the only thing here that make me feel like it’s the right season for Easter.
These are our days. Sometimes full of adventure, sometimes quiet and slow, but always with something interesting to see.
I hope you had a good month too. Have any plans for the month to come?