Hey there, I’m still alive–alive and well, acually, in Brooklin here in Sampa. I’ve only been here less than a week but it feels like so much longer already. Since I’ve been here, I’ve (insert a colon here, since the keyboard is using has various inconveniently-broken keys)
- learned to navigate the bus system successfully
- scared a small child on the bus just by being a gringa who speaks Portuguese
- likewise, learned to navigate various accents, like those from Porto Alegre (friends), Minas (the maid Francisca), and Ceara (Ma’s relatives).
- taught myself the word for ‘bicycle lane,’ among others. Ciclofaixa.
- stayed out until 5 a.m. in Vila Madalena
- been talked to at length by my neighbor, a woman named Valkyrie. Apparently I remind her of her mother, who was Russian, because I am so pale. I have also overheard multiple times that I am soooo branquinha e loira (pale and blonde).
- been to not one, not two, butfour shoppings for various reasons. Funnily enough (to me, anyway), shopping is the word for ‘mall’ in Portuguese.Shoppings seem a lot more serious here, somehow, maybe because everyone is really well-behaved and generally quieter. Although I don’t really know why I get that feeling.
- answered the question did I have a Brasilian boyfriend about a billion times. Yes, I’ve had two, and no, not at the moment. Yes, that’s how my Portuguese is so good. Ha.
- gone to the countryside for an all-day churrasco (barbecue). This is the best way to spend a weekend day, if you were wondering. I lierally did nothing all day except eat delicious meat, chat with people, and sit by the pool and read. Also, the farofa was delicious.
- sang Janis Joplin with some random Argentinians.
- watched my novela, A Vida da Gente.
In the meantime, I haven’t had too much time to do touristy things, but I’ll get around to that when things calm down. I’m still working on finding an apartment and a steady job, as well as taking a course here, so that’s keeping me pretty busy. Also, my laptop is somehow incompatible with the internet here in the apartment, so my time for internet use is limited–which is for the best, anyway. So anyway, it’s off to the padaria, then meeting a friend for coffee and to do homework on Paulista. Whee.