For the past several weeks our focus has been getting into the apartment, buying the few things we need, settling in and cooking. Not very exciting for travelers (or blog readers), but it’s kept us busy. There is much to do, and not much time to do it.
You see, we’re leaving again. Six days from now we’ll be sitting in the Sao Paulo airport waiting for our flight back to England.
We have to go back. We don’t have permanent visas yet. We’re here temporarily and have to go back to the UK to await the finalization of our permanent visa paperwork. Brian has reached the end of his allowed 180 days for the year, so off we go.
So we’re split between two worlds again, split between languages, climates, currencies, and friends. I hope Brian can remember which side of the road to drive on. The good news is that Brian and I won’t be separated by those worlds like we were for so many years. We’ll be hopping the pond together. What a relief!
While I’m looking forward to spending more time in England, and I’m really, really looking forward to my son coming to visit us there, and Brian’s older son’s wedding, I’m going to miss Brazil.
We’ll do what we always do. We’ll settle in quickly, take advantage of what little time we have to visit family and friends, run to see those places we really want to see before we move away permanently, and we’ll enjoy as much as we possibly can. I’ll soak up the history, the accents, and the easy transportation, Brian will soak up as much of Scotland as we can visit. We’ll both relish the time we have to spend with our sons.
We don’t know how long we’ll be there. It could be as short as a month, it could be three or even four. It all depends on the Brazilian consulate and how quickly they approve the visas (Ahahahaha! You can all laugh with me. Brazilian bureaucracy moves at a drunken snail’s pace.) And then we’ll sell the car, give up the keys to the flat, and pack our bags again.
And we’ll come back to warm and friendly people, a beautiful apartment, caipirinhas and a beautiful language that we’re still learning.
We go, we stay, we go, we stay. We never know what’s coming next, but we hope you’ll come along with us.