Choosing to go live a year abroad in Brazil has been the most wonderful experience and absolute best choice that I have decided to make in my life. Before I turn this post into the “Farewell Brazil” post, I’ll cut to a few happenings that I haven’t blogged about since my last post!
On March 29th, 2015, I went to Lollapalooza in São Paulo. I went with my bestie Marina, and we watched the shows of The Kooks, Calvin Harris, and Pharrell. We got there a little late due to the ridiculous amount of transit, accidentally missed a part of the Kooks’ show because the show hours on the paper program and online program did not match, so I thought I had time to wait in a massive line to empty my bladder…
But it’s all good because we got to see them perform all of their best songs anyways. For Calvin Harris, Marina and I stayed on top of a mini wooden stage the whole time, so we were above everyone else and us two crazies were leading all the dance moves up in there for sure. I imagine that that was what it’s like to be a go-go dancer. But I could be completely wrong.
And then came Pharrell’s show. Okay. I am in love/ obsessed, call it what you want, with Pharrell, and completely lost the little cool that I had during his show. Guys, I grew up listening and trying to become a wannabe gangster because I aspired that much to even come close to how fantastic Pharrell is. I know every letter to every music of his, and almost made my vocal chords explode from screaming at the top of my lungs along with Pharrell while he sang his songs. I hope he heard me! Even more, his show was so friggin’ nostalgic because alongside myself during our past and continuing quest to become Pharrell, is my brother Alexander. We would always poop out and rap “Drop it like it’s hot” together when we were growing up, and usually I don’t use profanity, but I was just like shittt I wanna be a child again. No better way to say it. King Pharrell’s show was everything good in life, and I will forever be honored to have been in the same presence as him. Here’s to life.
These past few days, my papa and I have been making ground-breaking discoveries from our experiments in smoothie and juice recipes. Here are our latest successful juicy juice and smoothie recipes with:
-Acerola, oranges, apples, carrots, bananas, and condensed milk
-Apples, carrots, and ginger
-Bananas, apples, and lemons
-Bananas, milk, and coffee
-Strawberries, milk, and coffee
A few weeks ago my papa and I along with a few family friends went on a waterfall exploration day, where we visited the main waterfall beauties in this wonderful region of Rio de Janeiro. Visited the waterfalls of Poço do Inglês, Tobogã, and Pedra Branca. They were all incredibly stunning, and reminded me of the parts of Earth’s true natural and untouched beauty.
Campos do Jordão
On a trip I took to Guaratingueta with my cousin Marina, I unexpectedly got invited to go with my bud Adriano to the “nearby” town of Campos do Jordão. Known as the “Swiss Brazilian City” for it’s antique European architecture, Campos do Jordão attracts visitors from all parts of the world, and whom are also cheik as hell. It’s pretty darn cold in the Swiss Brazil, which adds to it’s uniqueness compared to a majority of other places in Brazil. Adriano, me, and a couple of friends went to Campos do Jordão at night, and I encountered a supes cool nightlife experience. I very much enjoyed seeing the most beautiful of people dressed in the most stylish clothes walking about and having a good time in this beautiful town, and turning up just a tad bit at a baladinha after we had a few drinks at the Baden Baden Brewery.
XTERRA Night Run
So, Paraty is perfect for anyone and everyone. If you like music, there are a billion musical festivals with artists who come to perform from all over the world. If you like to dance, there’s Paraty Latino, one of the most sought after shows in Latin America for Latin dance and music. If you like to drink, there’s Festival da Pinga. If you like to eat, there’s the Festival of Gastronomia. If you like to read, there’s the world famous and internationally renowned Festival Literatura Internacional de Paraty. And if you like sports, there are triathlons, marathons, and move-your-booty-a-thons. I recently completed the XTERRA Brasil 7km Paraty Night Run, and had the best time ever. To be honest, I was a bit more preoccupied with admiring all of the other incredibly beautiful people runners, taking selfies, looking at the gorgeous night sky, and conversing with other fellow racers during the race, other than actually focusing on doing well in the race. But well, I’m happy so no harm no foul.
Rio de Janeiro- DE NOVO!
What can I say, I love Rio! I recently went for my thousandth time to Rio de Janeiro to do volunteer work with AFS in São Gonçalo. I stayed at my friend/ sister Mãia’s house for a day, and we had a blast with a couple of other friends as always. But came the morning that I was supposed to embark to São Gonçalo, I got sick! Couldn’t even get up for a while. So I missed that boat, but shortly after headed on to another adventure to spend the rest of my time in Rio at my carioca family’s place! My prima Juliana and I finally got to hang out for a good amount of time together, and I truly had such a fantastic time spending time with her. She took me along with another friend to a Samba party at the top of Santa Teresa, to watch the semi-final Carioca Cup soccer game at a bar close to the Maracanã Stadium, and just went passeando comigo. What was the most special thing that Juliana did for me was actually treat me like a real friend of her’s, and I dunno it was just really special okay.
Then Monday came, and my other prima Joana took me to the most memorable party that I have ever been to. It was a BREGA party of the husband of Joana’s girlpal’s brother. It was so fab-u-lous. Okay I really hope that my following comment will not be taken the wrong way, but this was the gayest party of the standard stereotypical perception of what a super gay party would be like. Again, I’m sorry if this comment has offended anyone but I’m not sure how else to explain it. Again, I thought it was so gay in the sense of society’s stereotypical perception of parties thrown by homosexual people. Everything was so colorful but tasteful, the finger food seemed to be equal to what fairies would cook #INCREDIBLE, 99% of the people there were homosexual, a majority of the party go-ers danced the equivalent to RuPaul dragged up, and every single song that played was in the time period and style of the Brazilian icon Xuxa (pretty much the Brazilian Madonna). I truly had such a wonderful time and finally learned how to “dance like nobody’s watching.” Thank you to everyone who has been part of this spiritual journey of mine.
Paparazzi of Paraty
My gang of besties and I have recently just been going around our city of Paraty (the most photogenic city in the world) and taking pictures. We totally plan to become professionals *winks my face.*
Meeting My Brazilian Grandmother
About a month ago I met my Brazilian grandmother, and right when I met her I knew that she would make an impact in my life. I’ve never had such a figure in my life as she was to me, and I sincerely enjoyed every moment of being in her presence. When came time for her to embark on her ride to her home, which is 16 hours by car away from Paraty, I broke down crying like a baby. First time my family saw me cry since I’ve arrived in Brazil. Saudades de você já Dona Maria!
About 1 month and a half left in Brasil!