It’s been an amazing week in Brazil and I’m so sad that it’s coming to an end. I’ve tried so many new fruits and different foods, walked for hours and hours, met amazing people, and had unforgettable experiences. By the time this post is live, I’ll have presented my paper and will be attending the closing panels of the conference.
There are so many things I want to talk about but I’ll keep it to the 3 main highlights.
My first highlight of the whole trip is getting to know my friend Jamille (with whom we stayed) and her roommate Thaicia in SÃ£o Paulo. They are both such beautiful individuals inside and out, and are so amazingly intelligent and mysterious in their own ways. Thaicia made this amazing ginger tea that made my cold/sickness better almost instantly. I’ll probably make it when I get back so I can take a photo and share her amazing remedy. Jamille is just so inspiring because of her thirst for knowledge, her modesty, and her giving nature. Thaicia is so admirable for her strength, courage, and yet, her vulnerability. Thaicia and Jamille analyzed my natal charts and pointed out such interesting things about me, my past, and my future based on how the stars have aligned.
My second favourite highlight is getting to know my fellow classmates Maya and Adrijana during our trip. Both were always very intimidating to me just because they both were always so impressive in class with their analyses and critical nature, but it was very humbling to get to know them and learn about their life. Maya has such an unparalleled strength and physical presence that she has caused many Brazilians to turn their heads as she strides through the streets of SÃ£o Paulo and FlorianÃ³polis. Adrijana has a powerful aura that causes the people around her to respect her and learning about her life has been so interesting and revealing.
Lastly, my third favourite highlight was FlorianÃ³polis. SÃ£o Paulo was interesting in terms of seeing a large Brazilian metropolis, but FlorianÃ³polis is absolutely breathtaking. The island on a sunny day is gorgeous, with multicoloured houses, sand dunes, mountains and a view that has a lake and an ocean in the distance. We went to Plaia Joaquina (the beach where the first photo was taken) and had an amazing view of gigantic waves and parasailers. We also went walking around the sand dunes and it’s the finest sand you’ll ever see. The view was absolutely amazing, and the pictures don’t even do it justice.
Luckily I still have another day in SÃ£o Paulo before I return to Canada, but I’ll procrastinate my departure with my favourite things I’ve eaten so far:
- PÃ£o de queijo (Brazilian Cheese bread that’s crispy on the outside and chewy gooey on the inside)
- Sucos frescos (fresh juices everywhere! Pineapple, passionfruit, orange, cajÃº, acerola…yummmy)
- Palm hearts (they’re SO popular here!)
- Brigadeiro (the pistachio flavour is my favourite so far, I’ll have to figure out how to make it)
- Arroz com feijao (Brazilian rice and beans)
- Churrasco (grilled food, I had grilled cheese curds and broccoli and it was AMAZING)
- CajÃº (fruit that’s on the basic side of the pH scale)
- Brazil nuts – they’re so freaking addictive. It’s unreal how delicious they are
I have yet to have had fresh aÃ§ai berries, but I had frozen aÃ§ai but it wasn’t my favourite.
Thanks everybody for bearing with my lack of activity on my blog, and the regularly scheduled food posts will resume on Tuesday!