365 Photo Project – Week 24

We cleaned, we packed, we left.

This was a week of transition between worlds. Again.

Our stay in Brazil has temporarily come to an end. We spent the first half of the week taking care of business in Jundiai, running errands, exploring nearby streets, and enjoying our last tastes of local cuisine.

The Kactus Grill in Jundiai, SP, Brazil

Through the Neighborhood


We’ve put the Kactus Grill on the list for our return. I’m curious to see if it has anything at all to do with Mexican food, but I don’t have my hopes up. I think it’s just another Brazilian grill with lots of rice and beans. I don’t mind though. I do like Brazilian food, and I can stuff myself with sauteed plantains. So Good!

The weather was sketchy this week with several days of rain storms which gave us some spectacular lightning shows, but we had a couple of fantastically clear and warm days too. On Sunday Brian and I hogged the Bocce court (field? Lane? Strip? What is it called?) on our apartment grounds and I finally got to learn how to play. He’s a very good teacher.

You can tell because I am his star pupil, and I won.

It’s a fun game, very much like a cross between bowling and croquet. The court (pitch?) is just below our window so we’ve had a good time watching our neighbors play during the beautiful autumn days.

Apartment living above the trellis in Jundiai, SP, Brazil

Through the Trellis

But all of those pieces of our Brazilian life will have to wait for a while. We were both in Brazil with only authorization to stay for 90 days at a time, and up to 180 days during a year. We were bumping up against the 90 day mark, and Brian has spent 160 days there within the past eight months. It was time to go.

Our KLM flight in the Sao Paulo airport preparing to fly us home to England

Through the Terminal

We flew back to England where we’ll wait for the paperwork to be finalized for our Brazilian visas. We don’t know how long that will take, but if experience has taught us anything, it’s that we shouldn’t have expectations of anything happening as quickly or easily as we want it to, no matter how much we hope it goes through smoothly.

So we’re here, back in our Newcastle apartment and picking up right where we left off.

I have to say, flying over the city was beautiful! The River Tyne with it’s seven bridges is very recognizable from the air, and I really enjoyed waiving at my two friends’ houses as we flew over Tynemouth. Hi Kelly and Michele!

Tynemouth on the River Tyne near Newcastle Upon Tyne, England (from the plane).

Through the Mouth of the River Tyne

It feels a bit odd to be back in my little British kitchen, in our little British apartment. There are moments when I can almost forget we ever left, but there are reminders that we were gone nearly three months. The last time I looked out my window those trees were bare and brown, and the fountain was silent and frozen. Now I have beautiful lush trees and splashing water to charm me while I make my coffee in the morning.

Through the Kitchen Window

Through the Kitchen Window
You can see how this looked when we left here.

As I write this it is nine o’clock at night and the sky is still as bright as noon. Dusk doesn’t come until about ten pm, and I love it. The days will keep getting longer for the next month and I will hardly ever see a dark night. I am still a California girl at heart, and I love me some sunshine.

This is northern England though. Most of that daylight will be diffused through a heavy layer of clouds.

What have you returned to? Have you ever returned home after a big adventure and felt like things have changed? Can you go home again?

Link up below and share a photo or a blog post about something familiar that you have gone back to, or something you miss and hope to see again. Or maybe you’re making your new “home” or your new “normal” now. We’d love to see how it’s going for you.


This linky will be live for a week, so you have plenty of time. We’d love to hear from you, and see what you’ve been shooting. I hope you’ll link up and share.

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A Scotsman and his American photographer wife traveling the world and writing about it. Tales, reviews, photos, interviews and crazy goings on. Because you never know what's going to happen.

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9 Responses to 365 Photo Project – Week 24

  1. thisdayilove June 15, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

    The blue sky photo is simply beautiful
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    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      June 15, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

      Thank you! It was a beautiful day. :)

  2. Johnson Babies June 16, 2013 at 12:54 am #

    Love the photo from the plane.
    Returning home is one of those bittersweet things- I hope your visas come through sooner.

    I returned ‘home’ after twelve years of living away- only between Wales and England though.
    It’s odd, it does feel like I’ve never been away, and yet so much happened in the inbetween time.
    I guess in many ways it’s a very fortunate position- to always have somewhere to call home, come what may.
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    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      June 16, 2013 at 8:23 am #

      I don’t think it matters if it’s sixty miles or six thousand. I think going back to old familiar ground will always bring a mix of experiences. It seems to bring into focus the good and the bad, the familiar in the new. I’m loving the way it gives us a new appreciation for the little things we took for granted. I’m loving the super long summer days, and the ease of taking the metro!

  3. Kara June 16, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    Stunning – the trellis and view from the aircraft are my fave though xx
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    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      June 16, 2013 at 10:45 am #

      Thanks, Kara. I like those too. :)

  4. Coombemill - Fiona June 16, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    Home is where the heart is, and mine is in Cornwall. I love visiting other countries and exploring their cultures but will always want to return home. I hope your visas are sorted out soon and you can once again be off on your travels.
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  5. TheBoyandMe June 28, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

    The difference from the start to the end of the post is amazing. Your posts each week amaze me for the contrasts.

    Thanks for linking up to Project 365.