Brazil. Nov ’13

The beginning of November was marked by my move into a new home in Olinda. There I’ve been cooking cuscuz, tapioca and feijao as well as getting used to the household “wildlife” – scorpions, spiders, cockroaches ants and bats.  I did a dance course of Maracatu and other traditional dances from Recife like coco, afoxe and cavalo-marinho which means I can actually join in the fun when I go out and dance! Still working on forro

I was also physically marked this November with the worst sunburn I have ever had in my life. My skin went from bright red to very tanned to blotchy as I started peeling like a snake. I learnt my lesson.

My friend Ben from university came to stay for a week. After 4 months away from home, seeing a friendly face gave me the biggest renewal of energy and it was nice to speak English sometimes when I was feeling lazy…!

Not having internet at home is very strange but it has forced me to get some reading done. I discovered that the library in Olinda is not the best place for that though, it is beautiful but the most sociable spot in town. Instead of working I ended up having a massage from an Argentinian man… And the surreal but also lovely experiences continue: celebrating Diwali in a Brahma Kumaris Centre, going to the organic market at 4am on a Saturday morning after staying out all night, going to the opening of a new technological art exhibition at the state museum (juice and appetisers included), being shown round my student’s school for one of our English classes.

Feeling very settled.

Frevo

Simone and Wilson

Sobrinhas

Feet on the ground

Anjo skeleton

New house

First feijao

Plant

Ana

Early morning cat

Pauline

Acai and banana

Maracaipe

Fine dining

Pauline II

Thaise

Ben and Saulo

Gravata

Pool

Ben and Flavio

Dona Aide

Flavio

Dona Aide and Dona Jose

Rosi

Gravata

Gravata

Capiberibe River

Maracatu in Torre Malekoff

Maria Farinha I

Maria Farinha II

Vines

Bathtime

Sarau

Tired

Conservatoire III

Palmeira

Saulo

Early morning

Daniel and Charlotte

Early morning tower

Sunrise

Petals down

Torre

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