Brazil: A girl in Ipanema (or at least close by anyway)
Sorry it has been so long since I last posted, but I`ve been really swamped doing the wildest of things. The other day I used a hairdryer!! I took my toothbrush out of it`s holder nearly two weeks ago, and it is still there!! I`ve been able to open a fridge and actually know that the things inside of it are mine and I can eat them! I have the use of a phone with a real number where people can call me! I ordered a pizza and rented videos! I take showers barefoot and I shower numerous days in a row – sometimes even twice a day!! It`s been heavenly to ditch the backpack and settle into a place, knowing I don`t have to pack up and move on tomorrow!! When I`m not busy enjoying the little things in life, I have been busy pretending to be a citizen of my new pretend home. I have gone out searching for the best grocery store and best bang-for-your-buck restaurants. I have been browsing the shops of Ipanama and Copacabana and taking buses to different neighborhoods to re-familiarize myself with the city. And, in the few days of nice weather we`ve had, I`ve squeezed in some time at the beach. It`s winter here – not our kind of winter by any stretch of the imagination (although you would think it was, based on all the sweaters and boots being sold in stores right now – I can`t fathom wearing that stuff here.), but it still is a bit breezy and has been raining a lot this week. At first I was happy for the rain, as it allowed me to take things down a notch and catch up on things and read, etc….but now I`m starting to go stir crazy! Rain is not conducive for a gal who likes life on-the-go! The weather lady tells me tomorrow will be all sun, so I hope to get out and do something with myself.
I am staying with my friend Fabricio who lives in the great neighborhood of Humaita, as I continue to wait for a lightning bolt of inspiration to strike me. Since I have no idea when such a lightning bolt may strike, I must say that I picked a hell of a place to wait. Rio is a glorious city pumping with energy and filled with wonderful cariocas (those native to Rio) who wear huge smiles and live upbeat lives. It has an amazing backdrop of beaches, rocky islands, bays, and lush tropical forests and is centered around the infamous Christ statue that sits on the peak of Corcovado (see pic), of which I have a wonderful view of every day from Fabricio`s living room window. The Pan-American games are being held here in July, so I suspect that those of you who watch TV will be seeing a lot of Rio in the weeks to come.