26.01.2013 - 26.01.2013
This is my first posting on our blog and I thought I would write about a few random things.
When I was researching what to pack a few people had said duct tape. I thought this was a little odd but decided to bring some just in case and I am glad I did. When we changed buses to get to Paraty I has handed my bag with one of the waist straps almost fully ripped off. It went in fine but came out a right mess. I had read that although backpacks are great the straps can get caught on stuff, I think I was a victim of this. A tube of superglue (bought in Rio for another reason, I will come onto this) and a fair bit of duct tape later, I now have a functioning bag again. How long this will last for, I don't know, as there seems to be a few other places ripping that I don't think are duct tape-able.
Stacey sandals broke on her first wear, Stacey thinks I stood on the back of them, I don't think I did but with my poor spacial awareness and general clumsiness it's a high possibility that I am to blame. I bought some superglue to fix them and was really chuffed with the result until stacey tried them on and I had glued the fastener to the base and not correct bit. Oops! Some hacking with a knife later this was sorted and they're as good as new...if you don't look to close.
Things I have noticed so far:
Brazilians love to pose for photos. For me, a picture in front of something is arms by my side, look straight forward and smile. If I am feeling extravagant, I will put a foot up on to a low wall - this is a move my Dad mastered over the years. Here there is pouting, hair flicking, full on poses, it wouldn't shock me if someone busted out a vogue.
Italian food is popular. Every other restaurant seems to be an Italian. Mainly pizza places but there is a fair few doing pasta. Tempted to move here and open an Indian, think it would do well.
There is a perk to not speaking Portuguese, chuggers don't even approach you. I walked past 6 UNICEF chuggers and not even one of them tried to stop me, I obviously look very foreign.