Brazil: here we go!

After 10 days of running around, finding an apartment, applying for it, signing the lease, sorting things out at school, going to meetings, meeting old friends, and shopping for relatives, we are finally ready to go visit the family. The last time we went was August/05 and I’ve never been this long without visiting. Luckily the last 20 months have been so busy that I hardly felt the time go by.

Family

I love my family dearly and we’ve always been very close. There’s nothing like having to move every two years to a different city to make a family stick together. These days they are the only thing that keeps me going back to Brazil. The country is beautiful, still undiscovered, full of amazing people but the corruption, crime, and social inequality are sometimes too much to bear. I’ve definitely lost the degree of tolerance all Brazilians seem to have for these things. Even Alan, who’s always liked Brazil, is less and less excited about going for a visit.

But I digress…

What I wanted to say is that this year’s trip is dedicated to hanging out with my little three year-old niece and spending as much time as possible with my 91 year-old grandmother. I even bought a voice recorder because I want to have some talks with her about her life. Can’t wait to see her!

My gramma and my niece:

gramma & Lorena

Just a little joke…

*Canadian Temperature Chart*
50° F (10° C)
Californians shiver incontrollably. Canadians plant gardens.

35° F (1.6°C)
Italian Cars won’t start. Canadians drive with the windows down.

32° F (0 °C )
American water freezes. Canadian water gets thicker.

0° F (-17.9°C)
New York City landlords finally turn on the heat. Canadians have the last cookout of the season.

-60° F (-51°C)
Mt. St. Helens freezes. Canadian Girl Guides sell cookies door-to-door.

-100° F (-73°C)
Santa Claus abandons the North Pole. Canadians pull down their ear flaps.

-173° F (-114°C)
Ethyl alcohol Freezes. Canadians get frustrated when they can’t thaw the keg.

-460° F (-273°C)
Absolute zero; all atomic motion stops. Canadians start saying “cold, eh?”

-500° Fahrenheit (-295°C)
Hell freezes over. The Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup.