I think I've almost died five times since I arrived here, just from being in the car. My FIL doesn't look in his blind spot before swerving into the next lane or turning, and my MIL is super aggressive. She almost took out three bicyclists today!
I know it's just how people drive here. I think it's why Brasilians like to live life to its fullest (hello Carnival!)- they never know when a car is going to wipe them out. So I've adopted a carefree attitude and try to think of it as a daily adventure.
Today we drove to a new part of the city so Gabi could start preschool (and almost killed the car in a giant pothole)! We thought it'd be a great way for her to learn more Portuguese, and because her cousin goes to the same school, they were very open to Gabi only being there for a month.
They wear the cutest little uniforms! Gabi won't have to, but I might get her one just because they are so cute. Well, if she stays. I thought for sure she'd love it, since she loves her preschool at home and was excited about going to school here. But after picking her up today she says she doesn't want to go back. I think we'll try it a few more times before giving up.
Preschool here is five days a week, from 1:00 to 6:00. Five hours! It might be a bit too much. But we'll see.
My MIL already has plans for me to go to her gym during my free afternoons. I wish I'd brought gym clothes, because she is so determined to get me in the gym that I'm going to end up exercising in my regular clothes. I can't afford two outfits a day with the long laundry turnaround time here!
It's also a bit amusing that's she's so concerned about my exercise regime since she keeps trying to stuff me full of food up to my ears. I'm certainly not starving myself, but it's so hot here I just can't eat a lot, much to her dismay. She also keeps trying to make me eat lots of cake and icecream! The woman is a mystery.
Gabi on the other hand, has been eating like crazy and making my MIL very happy.
I'll try to start posting pictures. It means I have to go out in the sun, but I know I can't hide in the house every day. I'm also going to start taking my camera with me everywhere we go. You should see the check-out lines in the grocery store!
Seriously, the lines wrap around the store, and it's considered normal! People will think I'm crazy for taking pictures, but there are just some things that are worth looking crazy for.