Post-vacation posts always hang me up, thus the lack of posting. I like to avoid the ole, "come on over and watch our 5 hour slide show from the Grand Canyon" post, but, at the same time, I think it's important to record our trip memories.
Despite my pre-trip grouchiness, we had a great time and I was glad we had the chance to go.
We went to the mountains with a a guy that Guapo works with, his daughter and his very pregnant girlfriend/fiancee (not quite sure what's going on there). His family has an awesome vacation house on a big piece of land in this remote mountain town about 3 hours out of the city. It was like going to a private hotel-it had caretakers that cooked, cleaned-up after us and made sure we were comfortable at all times.
We spent the first day and a half trying to figure our the name of the pregant girlfriend. The guy kept referring to her as "minha amor" and I thought it would be a little awkward to ask the help her name since we had come with them as invited guests, so it was tough to actually crack the case. Guapo eventually did figure it out and then I overused her name the last day.
My stereotypes about Brazilians were only strengthened over the course of the weekend: they know how to relax and enjoy life and they really, really know how to EAT. We were eating full, big, yummy meals every 3 to 4 hours. I love to eat, so it was great.
The best thing about the trip was that it was pretty much the exact opposite of our big city life. Here, we live in an apartment smack dab in the center of busy streets, lots of buildings, tons of traffic, etc. etc. We have no place to set the kids free.
Our mountain retreat provided us with jungle hiking trails:
a large fresh spring water pool (Julio kept showing me how he could drink the water):
a fishing pond:
a brick oven for making home pizza:
a nightly bonfire:
and last but not least, dogs:
...one of which was the size of a small horse:
My kids were in heaven. I hope we're invited back sometime (now that I know her name and all...).