Sorry for the lack of posts. The internet in Brazil is not as easily accessible, and I’m having some troubles importing photos.
We’re on day 12. It’s been an amazing adventure. Each day, we are incredibly busy. We have visited universities, a school for people with special needs, a sugar cane mill, a sock factory, an airplane museum, a factory that manufactures turbines and several farms (including one that specializes in artificial insemination of cattle–that was quite the experience!). We also planted a tree in Sertaozinho, where I’m currently staying. In about an hour, I’ll head to another town called Atibaia for a conference.
I’ve eaten a LOT of arroz and feijao (rice and beans). And I have learned many new Portuguese words. My favorite is the Portuguese word for hummingbird — beija-flor. It means flower kisser. *Gush*
My mind is often overflowing with thoughts here. There is so much to take in. People around me are speaking in a language I hardly understand. The food is different. Even the bathrooms are different–you can’t throw toilet paper in the toilet bowl in Brazil because it causes plumbing problems. But the people… Brazilians are the most welcoming, wonderful people in the world. I’ve become deeply attached to so many people here. Even if we can’t always understand each other, we somehow find a way to communicate. Everyone is so gracious, giving up their days to drive us around and to make sure we’re comfortable. It’s pretty indescribable.
I don’t have to long to write, so here are a few photos from the trip so far.