We Go, We Stay, We go, We Stay

Jundiai Skyline

Our balcony view, for now


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.


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17 Responses to We Go, We Stay, We go, We Stay

  1. Gemma Wiseman June 8, 2013 at 2:05 am #

    Gorgeous view of city lights! You are leading such a busy life between countries, but clearly you are both enjoying the whole experience!
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  2. Eileen June 8, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    Lovely night shot. The lights are pretty. Wishing you Safe travels and have a happy weekend!
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    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      June 8, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

      Thanks, Eileen. The daytime view is a bit less pretty, but we love that view at night. :)
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  3. Jennifer June 8, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    So topsy turvy. Safe journies!

  4. The Mum with the Silk Scarf June 8, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    Beautiful view and this definitely sounds like you are living life to the full, what a great experience and way of life, even if it does sound a bit hectic. Hope you get your visas sorted soon and enjoy being back in England for a little while. Have a great weekend.
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    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      June 8, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

      Thank you! It makes no sense to us to let the difficulties of this kind of life get us down. Looking at the bright side and taking advantage of the great opportunities we have is much more fun! :)
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  5. Molly June 8, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

    Ahhh Visa nightmares, I know all about those. I hope it gets resolved soon and you can get back to the place you want to call home

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    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      June 8, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

      Thanks, Molly! I hope so too, but at the same time I don’t mind being in England for a little bit longer. Who knows when we’ll get back again?

  6. Jade @ Tasting Grace June 9, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    Wow, it must be such a trial to have to keep bouncing around, and to have so much continue to be up in the air. But that’s great that you’ll be going somewhere you enjoy being and get to see some loved ones too. I’m sure that helps a lot! Travel safely, and I hope the visa thing comes through quickly.
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    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      June 9, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

      A trial, yes, but one we’re happy to deal with because it means we have the life we do. It’s a good life, even if it’s complicated.
      Thanks for the good wishes. :)

  7. Patrice
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    June 9, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    So much traveling… Visiting from The Long Road to China…

  8. Louise Lloyd June 10, 2013 at 10:55 am #

    I’d like to say at least you will be back in England for our summer – but it seems the sun has decided to disappear again! Looks like you had a fab hotel room – and how exciting that hopefully the visa’s are not going to be too long a wait!

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    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      June 10, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

      Brian and I were just saying last night that our English summer is bound to be about the same as our Brazilian winter. Brr! At least the sun will be up for those beautiful looooong days. :)
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