Sunday, August 31

ex Au Pair, 2º mês | BRASIL ♥

♥ Brazil!!!
Yes, I finally went to Brazil =D I have to start this post talking about the most amazing trip of the past 30 months of my life! As you know from my last post, I was hoping for Mike to join me on this trip... 
He was as much excited than I was and he would have gone with me if his boss had not needed him for a new project in the last second :( Mike had to give up the trip. We both got very upset because everything was so ready for us to leave... On the other hand, we were also very happy because in this new project Mike became the boss, he got promoted!
Anyways, I couldn't give up so here I go!
It was Sunday afternoon, Mike took me to JKF airport and from there I flew to Rio de Janeiro with an important mission: to get my student visa.
The 10 hours on the plane didn't go as fast as I thought it would've.. but at least I didn't get disappointed with the meal, I ended up eating the whole dinner! I also liked my company, a polite Brazilian lady that agreed with me of never choosing a seat with a restroom behind you ever again Lol On the plane I also read a letter written for Carol Ann, my ex-Host Mom, she had given me that letter on the day I left their house *-*
Before 6am the plane landed on the most beautiful state of my home country... then I walked toward the baggage claim to get my luggage; passed through "Federal Police"; and found a taxi to take me to Hotel Carioca, a simple but nice hotel a half hour away from GIG airport but very close to the American Consulate. I had to go to CASV on Monday afternoon, this place is 15min away from the hotel I was in. The next morning, my interview happened in the consulate, only 5min away from the hotel. Well, I got my visa! The only question I got a little scared to answer was "How long has it been since you got here?" Of course my answer was "1 dayhaha Nothing happened, though. She was nice and/or that was my lucky day #thankGod
With my lucky Corinthians t-shirt back on I went on a 5min taxi ride to SDU airport to fly to VCP airport in my wonderful state of Sao Paulo! If you remember from my last post, I was planning to surprise my family by just showing up! The only person who knew the date I was coming was my friend Talita... she and her grandpa got me there around lunch time to his house where we had my first Brazilian lunch with Talita, her brother and their very sweet grandparents. (and Gorda "the dog")
I spent my afternoon with Talita. We first met in College in 2006 and we've been friends ever since. Talita and I also worked together in 2011 at Colégio Polo in our home town of Indaiatuba when we became close friends from that year on.
It was Talita's idea... to show up at my Mom's store like a regular costumer asking for a price of any jewelry there, so I did! =]
Talita, my brother and I
She tried to take a video of that special moment, however, her emotions talked louder than her actions when she thought she had pressed "rec" haha It's okay, I'm able to describe it ^-^ I was there, my Mom was there, my brother was there... We were together as a family once again! Actually, I can't describe it... I can just say: What an amazing feeling!!!
Welcome :)
That night was incredible, really, I got HOME =0 I saw my house, my bedroom, I ate my Mom's food =P OMG that was awesome, maybe the happiest day of my life Lol On the same night I went to my aunt Lena & uncle Dinho's house to say hello, they live only 2 houses away from ours and got very happy to see me *-* Then, back home, I enjoyed sleeping on my bed, in my bedroom!
The next day was already Wednesday the 13th, after having rested for the whole day, then visited my cousin Thaís and her family with her kids Duda and Joãzinho that are so big now... I went to a restaurant called Zé Ferreira to have a special birthday dinner with my friend Amanda! She was turning 23. We've known each other for a little over 4 years but it feels like we grew up together...
Amanda actually grew up with Jamily, they both went to school together and then, to College (my 2nd one), when I met them and became their "sister" as we call each other nowadays. Amanda and I visited Jamily on Thursday... she was home recovering from a motorcycle accident she had a week before =/ 
That's the reason she couldn't join us that night for Luan Santana's concert at Faici, a fun event that has been happening ever year during "winter time" in Indaiatuba since 1990.
Before the performance, we all watched a rodeo with some cowboys competing who stays longer on top of a bull.
I used to like Luan Santana's songs but I stopped listening to him after moving to America so, I didn't know most of the songs sang at his concert... Amanda's company and her friend Debora (who helped us to be at the VIP area) made that night exciting :*
The following day was supposed to be my Grandma's birthday. It was August 15th, the first one since she passed away. I went to the cemetery with her Mom; my Mom. We brought to her grave roses from her own yard. Senhorinha was my grandma's name and she went to heaven last February, while my Mom and I were meeting in Canada. I truly miss her... Well, I still have another Grandma, my father's Mom, Iracema. She lives in Indaiatuba as well and of course I visited her (twice!)... she doesn't like taking pictures, though.
My first weekend in Brazil came and Saturday was the day to see Keti! I took a bus to her home town, Campinas, a little over half hour from mine. OMG visiting Keti reminded us of our old times of nights out on the weekends... She introduced me to her friend Samara (that lives in Indaiatuba!) and we went to Clube Apo. I spent Sunday at Keti's house being lazy and catching up on all the gossip haha PS: Keti, next time we go to Lagoa do Taquaral :*
Monday I got a very special visit at home of the cutest friends Brian and Mimi :) They were my students, I know Mimi since she was 2! I used to work with toddlers from 2007 to 2010. Their grandparents, Juçara and Elvio will always be my friends, thank you guys very much for visiting me and for the beautiful doll gift *-*
Tuesday was my day to take care of my hair! I went to my favorite hair salon called Cabelo & Arte (+55 (19) 3801-1894) for a "Escova Progressiva" a chemical straightener that only Bruna knows how to do perfectly =]
Wednesday Talita surprised me... She invited me to come over to her house for dinner. When I arrived there I was shocked to learn that it was a surprise party! Thanks to Dri, Edi (her son), Pri, Paula, Maiara (her daughter) and sure, Tali... I ate some tradicional Brazilian food and laughed a lot with these lovely women that were part of my story and still are ઇ‍ઉ
Thursday was time to go out to eat with my cousins! We chose Casa da Esfiha, an Arabian restaurant which makes delicious dishes. I really enjoyed our night!
Fábio, Winnie, me, Rodrigo, Eduardo, (Joãzinho)
Alana, Duda, Thaís, Mirtes, Daniel, (Enzo)
Friday my Mom woke me up at 4am =0 Yes, that early! We went to Sao Paulo City to shop for her store in the most popular street of South America, 25 de Março! Of course I did not bring my phone (just like I did while in Rio) so I don't have pictures from there... I didn't want to take the risk of 'losing' my iPhone. The day was tiring though fun. It was good spending a whole day with my Mom ^^
Gui, Klê, Tali, Márcio, Bruna, Ricardo, Mah, Manu, Paula, Pri and I
We got back home around 6pm and a little later Priscila picked me up to go to a barbecue dinner party at ASPMI clube very close to my house. This was again Talita's idea with a great help of my hair stylist and her hubby! Just another fun night with those who really care about me 
The next Saturday morning I met my friend Dani for breakfast at a nice bakery, Padaria Suiça. Dani and I also went to College together (my first one) plus we worked together for more than 2 years... now I'm happy she's got a job in a public school and even more knowing she's been so happy next to her husband Vitor (they were only dating before I left) :)
That afternoon, Paula, Maiara and her little princess Manu, joined me to have ice cream at Polo Shopping mall... and right after that, I went to another mall, Shopping Jaraguá to meet with 2 other friends of mine, Debora and Dalva. I've known these two girls for more than 10 years from the time I used to work for my Mom at her store. My Mom's store is located at a popular mall called Shopping Ponto Azul and Dalva and Debora also used to work there. It was great to learn what is knew in their lives!
That night my Mom and I went to my uncle Ralfo & aunt Helaine's house for a visit :) We came back early so we could get a good night sleep because on the next day, Sunday, we were going to spend some family time at a museum.
And guess which museum I am talking about??? CASTELO RÁ-TIM-BUM
This exhibition is happening at MIS (Museu da Imagem e do Som) and is all about this Brazilian children's program produced between 1994-1997 but is still been reprised nowadays. 
Klift, Kloft, Still, a porta se abriu!
Per only R$10 reais you are able to experience (if you get there VERY early) the TV show coming to life! From this door on you will only understand the meaning of the following pictures if you were a Brazilian child in the 1990's or if you watch one of the 90 episodes filmed.
We left the castle, I mean, the museum around 2pm and stopped to have lunch at Frango Assado on our way back home from SP city to Indaiatuba. My Mom and I went to my uncle Reginaldo & aunt Toshico's house to visit them and meet for the first time my cousins Erika and Bianca ^^ They were born in Japan and used to live there since last December, when they moved to Brazil.
Bianca has been improving her Portuguese skills singing with Frozen:)

At the same night, I went to Pepsi, a famous bar in my home town. My company was Keti and Samara, Dalva and Debora, I met Valeria there too, plus I saw my cousin Bruno... in the next morning, I went to his house to see Karyn's baby #socute

My friend Lu went home to visit me the day before I left... and of course I couldn't leave without visiting my ex-students from Colégio Polo!

They are so big now, in 5th grade =0 (last time I saw them they had just started 3rd) and I'm so glad Caio still remembering me S2

Well, that was it. My trip to Brazil was over on the last 27th when my Mom and brother took me to the bus station in Campinas, so I took a bus to GRU airport and flew to New York ઇ‍ઉ

To say goodbye isn't easy for anyone, especially when it has to be to your family... even though I had done this before I know I'm going to miss the beautiful time I spent with them... and sure, all the food I can't find in America (and the nicest weather all year round!) I'm so looking forward to see my family and friends soon again =]
OMG I cannot forget to register here the "before and after" my trip... because this post is about my whole August month! Before I left, I got a very nice visit here, on Long Island, of Audrey, a (Brazilian!) friend from Au Pair blogs that became my friend even before I'd become an Au Pair :)
Also before my trip I took Lari to her first 21+ club, my favorite ever; LAVO. It was only a brunch on a Saturday afternoon, though Lol There we met Luiza! She's back to America and has already started doing great... she celebrated her birthday two days ago, and today she had fun working for Globo during Brazilian day where, of course I was enjoying with Lari, Amanda and her friend Tháryta, and last but not least... my love Mike 
Mike experimented some of the Brazilian food I was enjoying while in Brazil... pastel, espetinho de carne, coxinha, açaí, espiga de milho, Guaraná Antártica, bolinho de chuva... to name a few haha We had an awesome time watching Daniel's performance... it just wasn't that awesome when the most waited singer Ivete got on the stage - it started to rain, like pouring! =0 I've never got that soaking wet before!
I'm so lucky (accidentally) I got to meet some girls I hadn't seen in such a long time like Handressa... Andressa and Carol (that are from Indaiatuba! =) and another blogger friend Wellem... and Natália, Duda's friend who was her company in Canada... yep, the world is too small!
It feels good to be back... now it's time to start a new beginning that you can keep following... in English now ;)
Mom, I already miss you  Te Amo
 "Viver no exterior é bom mas é uma merda... 
Viver no Brasil é uma merda mas é bom"
(Tom Jobim)