Although it seems like the world is crumbling around us, our lives still have to be lived. The election has exposed the U.S. to some of the craziness that other countries have been experiencing for quite some time: Public servants haven’t gotten paid here in Rio since November. This includes professors and university students who receive scholarships for travel and meals. As a result, the state universities are closed and are on strike indefinitely. When I arrived in August, the bank tellers’ union was striking, which meant that EVERY single bank in the country was closed. This went on until October. These kinds of struggles are pretty common in Latin America where people are quick to resist and speak out. I’m glad that those of us in the states have finally woken up. Someone actually invited me to a strike here on Tuesday and I am definitely going to go. I’ll take pictures and some video if I can, to post here afterwards.
In the midst of the craziness, I have enjoyed every single Brazil moment. After spending Christmas with my adopted fam, I had some visits from some folks who obviously love me. It was exactly what I needed to close out the year and bring in 2017 on a positive note full of love, laughter, and bubbly. I also got a chance to do some of the touristy stuff like go to the beaches, see Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf, and visit other states – Bahia to be exact. Check it all out below.
And then there was Itacaré, Bahia. One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. Untouched and unspoiled. I could barely get cell phone service anywhere. Google it.
When Aim left, I tried to get back to work. Then my birthday came and brought another visitor, which meant more fun, beach, tourist stuff, etc…
After Enrique left, I actually did get back to work and finalized my data collection. The realization has sunk in that my stay here is coming to a close and it’s definitely bittersweet. I love Brazil and I am so grateful that things have gone so well for me here. Although it was my temporary home for 7 months, it is not home home. You know what i mean?
Anyway, I still got a little bit of time so I’ve mapped out what that looks like in terms of finishing up my research and other professional things I need to do. It also means figuring out what I need/want to bring back with me. So, I finally made it out to the monthly street market yesterday. It’s right in my neighborhood where artists and entrepreneurs sale their wares. Of course there’s live music and other cool things to see and eat. I had such a great time shopping and people watching. Can’t wait to bring back my goodies and distribute gifts. FYI – I’ve learned to make caipirinhas!! That’s one thing I’m def bringing back! Stay tuned for the welcome home festivities.
In the meantime, I’m going to go the beach as much as I can and enjoy my last moments of this adventure.