It is good to start again. It helps renew my spirit and energy, and brings freshness to my days.
The kids start back to school today after their Brasilian summer holiday.
The school here tries to combine the summer of Brasil, which is the US winter, and the US summer, which is the Brasilian winter.
So the kids get about 5-6 weeks off for each.
Today they start back and I start my routines again. This will be a special few months for me, seeing as we will most likely be leaving Brasil this year after school is out in June.
We still do not know where our next assignment is. That is frustrating because I am ready to get going on so much that needs to be done beforehand. That can be another post for another day!
Here is another occurrence that begins anew every year here...though it seems a little early!
These are the street parties that occur before and during Carnaval. These are the parties that are more typical to US Mardi Gras. They are parties organized by groups which pay for a big music band, usually on a truck, and then a huge crowd of people that seem to be bop along behind, in front, on the sides and everywhere in between with it. The crown seemed to vibrate like a cell phone on a table as they moved down the street.
The music is loud...
how to describe the word loud? I am on the 12th floor, in front of a roaring ocean, with my balcony doors (albeit glass doors) shut tight, air conditioning on and it still sounds like a Rolling Stones rock concert in my living room :)
They set up Port o johns right on the street...and this year they had signs on the trees that said:
"Peepee here? no, that's not right ya?!" I thought they would have stayed up longer so I didn't get a picture, but they were funny!
The local government does clean up very quickly after all the mess that follows these parties.
It wouldn't be January/February here without these...
I am not sure I will miss it, but I will miss the vibrancy and carefree attitude of the whole city.
Sometimes it is annoying, and you wish that they would care more about certain aspects of their lives, but they are a carefree people. It can come off as vain and selfish, but you just make the best of it, and try to enjoy!