Another month has flown by and life continues to march along. May has brought more work for Brian, new classes for me, a nineteenth birthday for my Boy, and a new opportunity for my Girl. Bring it on, I say! (Except the work for Brian, I think he already has too much.)
Here’s what we’ve been up to, seen through the perspective of my two photo projects.
My neighbors have been my only riding companions so far, and I love them! They gave me a call the night before and took me out again on my longest ride yet. Off we went, through town, over the highway, up a huge hill, down a dirt road and all the way back with a perfect stop for acai half way through. I need to get out there on the bike more often. It always makes me feel good to have the breeze on my face and a good stretch of exercise in the fresh air.
I run my errands on foot, which is a little more fun now that I have a new pair of cute shoes. Fun Converse kicks make me almost forget I’m in my forties and not 19 again.
Brasil! The world cup starts in just five days and the opening game is less than forty five miles from our apartment. If my guess is right, that whole 45 miles will be a bumper to bumper traffic jam on game day, so we’ll stay far away from there and watch the game in our local pub with our good friends. We’re all prepared with our team shirts. Go Brasil!
In the mean time, while we’re waiting for the World Cup craziness to begin, I get to spend time at our local bank trying to get my security key so we can transfer some money. Of course they told me the first time I went in that it would only take three days. Of course it wasn’t ready in three days. Of course they discovered a clerical error on my account that means they have to have some internal fix done before we can order the security key. Of course no one knows how long that will take. Of course I’ve had to go back in twice to find this out. Of course I’ll have to go back in at least once, and probably two or three more times before it’s solved. Of course it will be at least two to three months before it’s all straight. Welcome to Brazil.
Brazil, where even in the autumn when the weather is turning colder by the day we get beautiful sunshine and beautiful days.
We managed to pull Brian and his manager away from work on a Beautiful Saturday and toured the Fazenda do Chocolate with our friends and their kids. When I brought out my glass ball to take my daily photo, the kids were fascinated! The two small boys were so excited to take turns playing with it and carrying it for me, and their nearly-teen sister gave me my favorite shot of the day.
This is where you’ll find me most days lately. I got my teaching certificate last year while we were living in England, and I’ll be starting to teach English classes here in Brazil soon. I’m doing all I can to make sure I actually do a good job, so here I am back in school. Online courses are a wonderful thing, but I had forgotten about the fun of taking notes until your hand cramps up.
When it gets to be too much and I need a break, I can always go outside and enjoy our beautiful Brazilian skies.
Or marvel that I now have four plants in my garden, and none of them are dead yet.
Or go for a walk around town and remember how much I like it here even with all the frustrations, the complications, the difficulty and the homesickness. I do love Brazil.