We made it! After 24 hours door to door, we arrived at my in-laws' house at 1:00 in the morning. While we were driving from the airport, I could feel a cool breeze, and thought, I can do this! If it gets cold at night, it'll be fine. Then we got to the house and I opened the car door to one of the balmiest, hottest nights I've ever experienced and realized the cool breeze had been the air conditioner.
It's HOT here!
I knew it would be, but I think it's like childbirth. You know it will be painful, but you forget just how much until you're actually experiencing it again. Othewise you'd never have more children, or multiple trips to Brasil.
And oh my word is it humid. The air feels so thick I keep waving my hands through it to see if I can catch some. It's turned Gabi's hair into beautiful waves while I'm stuck with wing tip bangs that make me look like I'm trying to fly away. Such is the blessing of youth.
So far we've been excused from morning walks on the beach because my feet and fingers are swollen and look like sausages. None of my shoes fit comfortably and I can't get my rings off my fingers. I'm not sure if it's from traveling or the climate change, I just hope they go back to normal soon. Though I'm certainly enjoying all the watermelon juice my MIL is making me drink to help with the swelling.
Since I'm stuck in the house, I quickly figured out how to turn on the TV. Today's morning news included a huge story on the Amish of Lancaster County and the history of a gelato shop in Sao Paulo. The latter of which included lots of shots of women in bikinis eating gelato. It just wouldn't be the Brasilian news without women in bikinis!
TV has been a huge help with my reintroduction to Portuguese. Last night my FIL put on one of the Rambo movies, and with the help of the Portuguese subtitles I was able to pick up quite a few phrases! You can learn a lot from mercenaries on the run in the jungle. I think within a week I'll be having conversations again.
Gabi's already speaking quite a bit. Which is what we came for. I'm pretty excited to see how well she speaks by the time we leave.
I'm all alone in the house right now. I need to go stick my head in the freezer again before my MIL gets home.