Hello from Brazil!

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 ┬áper 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!

An island near Rio de Janeiro

An island near Rio de Janeiro

Avocados are as big as pineapples! Nobody would believe me!

Avocados are almost as big as pineapples! Darn gringoes wouldn’t believe me!

A translator's office for the day

A translator’s office for the day

Hungry monkeys!

Hungry monkeys!

Coffee plantations

Coffee plantations, Minas Gerais


Filed under Brazil, Travel

4 responses to “Hello from Brazil!

  1. beth wimmer

    Hey Ana! thanks so much for checking in with all of us! loved this update. wow, everything changes and stays the same, eh? enjoy your family, enjoy your travels! it sure looks beautiful there. xo

    • Ana

      Been thinking about you! It’s crazy here with running around, seeing family, learning Portuguese – the list goes on and will stay in touch. Big hugs from the mountains! xo

  2. Sine

    Hi Ana! I am a random reader, I don’t know you, but I do identify with you through the life style you’ve chosen and all the random sh*t that comes with it ;) I am a translator too and a bit of a nomad – I’m living in my 4th country now and travel all the time (because I have to, my travel bug won’t leave me in peace if I don’t). I also lived in Paris for a couple of years because of my partner’s job and I have a hard time making people understand why I didn’t adore the place – your blog posts set my mind at ease – you are spot on! And now I know that I am not alone, thank you for that!

    • Ana

      Hi Sine,

      There are lots of people like us out there, we just tend to lay low :) I wonder what your language combo is, by the way. I hope you’re enjoying Country #4 and taking good care of the travel bug that lives within haha

      Hugs from Brazil!

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