It’s been a while and I hope you are all doing fantastically well. I am writing from among Brazilian coffee plantations as the evening blesses us with some cool air, f.i.n.a.l.l.y; it just so happens that the hottest summer in Brazilian history was in full swing till a few days ago. For weeks temperatures were stuck in the upper 30’s (upper 90’s for my American friends) without a sign of the refreshing tropical storms that normally turn blue skies charcoal gray in late afternoons, before thunder unzips the clouds and BAM! Deluge!
But the weather lady warned of a cold front that would lower temperatures significantly, all the way down to the low 30’s (upper 80’s). Now I only take one or two showers per day instead of three or four. I even had to wear pants last night!
Brazil continues to be Brazil, just way more expensive than before – prices have gone up by 100%, 500%, 1000% since I was here three years ago and they’re constantly rising. It’s ri-freaking-diculous! Politicians are having a field day pocketing millions and millions of reais (Brazil’s currency) from the money allocated for World Cup preparations, as well as using the World Cup as an excuse for driving the poor out of their homes in Rio de Janeiro’s shantytowns, many of which are in prime real estate locations. Problems abound but I won’t go on about it.
On a brighter note, the family’s doing fine. Aunt T’s fine after her heart surgery and she must take Viagra, among other pills, every day for the rest of her life. Her Viagra stock is certainly fine. My mom’s fine. She’s now partner in a love hotel and her customers’ vocal cords are all fine, thank you very much – in fact they seem to have improved after the installation of some erotic chairs. Must be ergonomic.
I’m fine, too. I’m back to translation and I’m working on my Portuguese so I can begin writing in that language, too. And being an auntie is great! My niece and nephew (my siblings’ children for my Dutch friends) are adorable! Really!
That’s it for now. Off to shower #2 and more mosquito repellent before I need a blood transfusion. Be well!