Hello friends! I hope you’ve had a great couple weeks since the Thanksgiving holiday. Today, I blog to you from the lovely Sao Paulo, Brazil where I’m here studying for a week before heading to Rio tomorrow for another week!
Well, I was warned, and warned hard. Brazil loves their meat, beware, expect to basically starve (not like I’d ACTUALLY starve or anything, but still).
So, I packed a case of granola bars and a huge bag of single-serving sized smoothie packets. If I was going to be in a vegan food desert, I’d at least have something to sustain me!
Truth is – the hotel we’re staying in doesn’t have much in the way of options, but once I got out and about in Brazil (which took a few days), it’s actually been pretty good! And to be fair, when the Associate Dean of my program asks me how I’m finding the food and my answer is “I’m not”, I needn’t worry. He’s a total foodie and before I knew it, the banana fairies were visiting my table, as did the steamed rice and tofu fairies for lunch today. I know LM won’t let me starve 🙂
The first two days, I didn’t make it to the restaurant for breakfast. We’re given tons of food during class, but none of it was vegan (other than the cucumber sticks and tomatoes…which I got tired of quickly!). I’d eat my granola bars and drink the juices.
I finally grabbed breakfast one morning and was pleasantly surprised. As it happens, Sao Paulo has the largest Japanese population outside of Japan and my restaurant had rice, tofu, and miso at breakfast time! It’s been my daily go-to since.
And…some more pics of eats I’ve had since getting out of the hotel!
RunCrissieRun! I’ve gone for a couple treadmill runs since getting to Sao Paulo. Looking forward to a beach run in Rio on Sunday morning though!
I really should bust out some yoga while in my room though….
So, big update. I’m in Brazil. It’s for school and while my brain is typically deep fried and covered in mushroom gravy, it’s still pretty awesome. There are times I completely forget I’m not back in the US, and others where I realize no one there drives a Renault (anymore…though my mother and sister had two when I was younger!), a Fiat pick-up, nor are there 6 ft termite hills (no, didn’t get close enough to take a pic of THAT!).
Allow me to back up a bit. I left last Friday and was supposed to land in Sao Paulo Sunday morning. Alas – flight from Miami was canceled and I ended up spending the night there and taking a Saturday afternoon flight out to Brazil – which landed me around midnight. Thankfully I was stranded in FL with a friend from school (KS) and we definitely took advantage of the bar and a great night’s sleep.
After landing, breezing through customs, and enduring a ride to the hotel with a cabbie who had a death wish, got to bed around 1 am. Classes started bright and early!
Days go from about 530am – midnight with a lot of studying and classes, but some fun thrown in there too. We’ve had a city tour, company visits, and amazing speakers discussing the Brazilian economy, government, and the overall state of business. It’s impossible to articulate it all.
We had an alumni event one night where I got to play “guess that food” without actually eating it. I think I won 🙂
On the home front, D is kicking butt and taking names as the world’s best Dad and husband! He took our youngest overnight to a robotics competition, helped my oldest by a new-to-her car (she got rear-ended a few weeks ago and the insurance company totaled it rather than fix it), is getting our son from university today for the holiday break, is feeding them (ish, though A has done a lot of that!), keeping the house clean (I hope), and still working his butt off. Dude – best guy ever!
The Christmas tree is up and the destructo-cats are having a blast with it. I think there’s only one major ornament death so far.
Sadly, it’s not all been fun and explorations. A member of my family passed away on Monday and it’s been more than a little difficult to focus here while thinking of him. His funeral is tomorrow, and while I know he understands that I’m half a world away for my education, it’s still difficult not being with my family. So if you’re so inclined, send some positive vibes to Wisconsin for me (especially my mom).
So…pics for you to enjoy while I go back to studying all about the Chilean central bank dilemma of the late 1990’s….
Some sky line pics…Sao Paulo is the 11th largest city in the world! Known as Brazil’s concrete jungle and financial heart, there are definitely some parallels to our NYC.
Some other random shots of things….