I just got lost down the rabbit hole of Wikitravel, since I am planning a trip around the Southeast of Brazil. My roomie is from the Northeast and always tells me I should go visit, so I went to the page for his hometown and found these amazing sentences:
“The ceiling features a 40 meter wide mural, and the interior is inhabited by lots of bats.”
“Intimate and lively. Both gay and straight.”
“An excellent idea is to buy a small frontal unisex pouch.”
If these aren’t selling points, I don’t know what is. Northeast, here I come sometime soonish. (Although, to be fair, the pages of all the Brazilian cities on Wikitravel are full of these gems. Now you begin to understand the joy of my job. I am a terrible English teacher because I get absolutely delighted by the creativity of my students when I should actually be correcting them.)
- You have made a long list of things that you want your mother to bring in her suitcase when she visits in May.
- You are no longer shocked or scandalized when your friends start requesting that your mom bring things for them when she visits in May.
- You send beijos to and receive beijos from people you haven’t even met yet.
- You congratulate people on everything.
- Dinner is at 10 pm at the bar next to your apartment.
- You don’t worry about large things, like obtaining a work visa, because (1) you’ve put out the word to your Network and (2) anyway, it’s out of your hands, you’ll stay here se Deus quiser, and there’s always a jeitinho for these things.
- Speaking of the Network: Your friend talks about needing to go to Porto Alegre for business but having no place to stay, and you realize that you have 3 or 4 people down there that you could put him in touch with. You have never been to Porto Alegre.
- It’s 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and you’re in your apartment wearing a sweater and clutching a mug of tea because you have the chills.
- Portuguese is the language you speak in your free time and with your friends, and you consider English to be a job.
However, in a bid to introduce one of the more delightful American customs to Brazil, I made brunch on Sunday. It’s funny how some things that I never really even like in the US are the things I crave here. French toast
, for example–which is what I made for brunch. It’s simple to make and somehow much more delicious than I remember it being. The only tricky thing is that cream as we know it apparently doesn’t exist here in Brazil. Instead, there is nata
, which is like a solidified SuperCream, somewhere in between butter and milk, and then there is creme de leite
(cream of milk?), which is a liquid. I had no idea which to get, so I threw caution to the wind and used both.* At any rate, Rino and Gera liked it. I am secretly harboring the ambition to make Sunday Brunch a standing-appointment-type, come-as-you-are event. Anyway, here are some pictures of the brunch.
*But wait, this gets even better: I just checked the label of the nata in the fridge, and it says that’s it’s pasteurized creme de leite. I give up trying to understand. (Another sign of assimilation, I think….)