Week twenty two, nearly half way through the year, and we’re still going strong.
We’ve been in our new apartment for a week, which has given us time to start feeling at home. We’ve chosen our favorite spots on the couch, I’m starting to remember which kitchen cabinet has the spices and which has the utensils, and we can find our way to the bathroom in the dark.
Now we’re in the process of finding all the best local places to find what we need. That means a lot of walking around, and stumbling over a lot of broken sidewalks. If Brazil has a single stretch of unbroken sidewalk that is more than ten feet long, I have yet to see or hear of it.
Not only are they usually broken and full of cracks and deep holes, but they’re unpredictable. Some are slanted at 45 degrees, some are only a foot and a half wide, most have power and telephone poles sprouting right out of the middle of them. All of that means we spend half the time actually walking in the road, with traffic.
And sometimes when we’ve found a good store that actually has some of the things we need, and we have a bit too much to carry home while dodging traffic, we grab a taxi.
But the other times, when we keep to our feet and get to know more new streets around the area, we find beautiful little hidden gardens behind the security fences.
The weather has been beautiful, in the mid 70’s and sunny during most of the two months we’ve been here. That all changed a few days ago, and we had four rainy days in a row. Winter is here in the southern hemisphere, and on those rainy Sundays like today we can cuddle up on the sofa with a hot cup of tea and watch the rain.
We’re together, we’re happy with where we are, things are coming together with the new job and with our new social circle (which is happily growing), and we’re home.
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