The time has come to say goodbye to Brazil. Goodbye to flip flops everyday, plus 30 weather, sweating all the time, coconut water straight from a coconut and acai, just to name a few things.
The past 10 weeks have flown by and have been filled with lots of fun, adventure, challenges, experiences, memories and learning. We have met some amazing people and had an incredible trip.
-everyday with Megan
-sitting by the pool.
-hiking to the Christ Redeemer
-camping near waterfalls.
-hiking to many different waterfalls.
-jumping from too high into the pools beside the waterfalls
-backpack stolen while on the beach in Rio (lost $, clothes, phones) trying to get help, stuck in our bathing suits all day.
-driving in Brazil and up one of the craziest bumpy sandy roads I have ever driven on.
-staying in the most beautiful open concept inside/outside space house.
-spending time in hammocks
-Paddle boarding in the ocean at Copacabana
-stumbling on to a night market with food and craft beer in Rio.
-sitting outside a bar while it poured rain harder than I have seen (getting wet because it was also windy, but laughing and loving it the whole time)
-finding help after our backpack was stolen
-getting used to 'Brazilian time', we were often referred to the prompt Canadians.
-traffic (pedestrians have little to no right of way)
-having no phone for most of the trip (challenge at the beginning, but a blessing really. I learned to disconnect and that I don't have to take pictures of everything, it's okay if it is just a memory.)
-Hostel owner picking us up, taking us for beer and pizza (still in our bathing suits..)
-watching the sunset up at Sugar loaf in Rio.
-swimming in the waterfall pools and underneath the waterfalls.
-interacting with the school children and all the schools we visited. (many drew us heart pictures) Children are children everywhere you go and laughter is universal.
-all the inside jokes with our new friend Matilde, the exchange student from Belgium.
-trying to learn how to dance to the funky music with our Brazilian friends.
-spending time in different public schools in Goiania. Seeing first hand what public education is like in Brazil, and how education is very political and far from standard.
-observing how English is taught as a second language and having the opportunity to teach a few lessons.
-Portuguese (according to Memorize I am up to about 70 words).
-Being in a place where I don't speak the language is very frustrating, but I learned a lot while struggling to order food, drinks, give directions ect. So many basic daily interactions I took for granted back home.
Special shout out to Rafael who was our main tutor and point of contact. He helped us get settled at the beginning and at the end of the trip invited us all out to his mother's house for a home cooked Brazilian lunch We spent one of our last days in Goiania hanging out in Andreza's backyard, eating delicious arroz com galinha and feijao tropeiro, drinking cerveja and visiting.
All in all, these past 10 weeks have been unforgettable and I am so thankful to have been apart of TAB -Brazil.
Our selfie with Andreza (she's the blonde in the light blue tank - can you believe she's is Rafael's mom (he's the one in the front)
Christ the Redeemer - worth the hike!
Me and my menina's
Sunset from Sugarloaf mountain in Rio
One of the many cachoeiras we visited.