Our mission for the next two months: Get to know the area and find a place to live.
This? This is not our first rodeo.
This will be my third international move, and Brian’s fourth. I wouldn’t say we’ve got it down to a science (it’s way too messy and overwhelming to think it could ever be simplified), but we are familiar with the basic steps.
Step one – Figure out what to eat. Check.
Step two – Get to know the area.
That’s what we’re working on now.
Jundiaí is a city of about 370,000 people in the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil. It’s roughly an hour’s drive north of Sao Paulo city. It would take us somewhere in the neighborhood of ten to twelve hours to drive from here to our old home in Rio das Ostras.
We don’t have access to a car, so our feet have hit the pavement. We’re staying fairly close to the center of the city, which means most of the major conveniences and a few luxuries are within walking distance. We know where to find the grocery store, the clothing and household goods shops, a movie theater, a few good restaurants and a yoga school (yay!).
We haven’t quite narrowed down where we want to live yet, but we’ve made a good start. We’ve made a list of apartment buildings that look acceptable and have a coordinator from Brian’s job who will try to set up appointments to go see a few. We’re also going this weekend to the next town over to decide if we want to look at apartments there. It’s a bit smaller, and about ten minutes farther for Brian’s commute to work, but we’ve heard really good things about the area.
So we’re exploring, walking, asking the hotel staff endless questions about where to find what we want, and soaking up the sights, sounds and heat of Brazil. I can’t believe 75 degrees feels hot. England really chilled me to the bone! It’s supposed to be 80 degrees on Sunday and I can. not. wait.
We’ve arrived at the beginning of autumn, so the temperatures are cooling down from the scorching days of summer. That’s probably a good thing as we’ll have a chance to ease back in to the real heat.
We’ve made a list of things we’d like to have in or around our new home. I’ll need to be close enough to a grocery store that I can walk there and back. We want to be in a safe neighborhood where we can go out for a jog without worrying too much about being assaulted, a local park with walking and bike paths would be nice. Having as many conveniences as possible nearby will be key for me, since I’ll be stuck without a car most of the time. Oh, and I really, really want a pool. Maybe not one of my very own like that apartment you see above, but access to one in our apartment complex would do me just fine.
I’m going to miss having the beach right outside my door! I think a pool will make an acceptable substitute.
Also, hopefully, somewhere along this whole journey we’ll meet and get to know more good people. Our previous experience in Brazil showed us that there are beautiful communities here, and great friendships to be made. Brian and I both love our alone time at home, but we also love the open arms, solid friendships, endless BBQ’s and long weekends with good friends. We’re really looking forward to that more than anything else.