After our travels in California last month, having spent a month on the road going from one place to the next, we were all looking forward to staying still for a while and finding that ‘somewhere slower’ we’ve been seeking. Unpack, unwind, slow down, sit still.
We arrived in Brazil ten days ago and found exactly what we were looking for. In a very short space of time we have slipped into a languid pace of life where the only notable markers in each day are sun up and sun down. Clocks and calendars have been forgotten and communication with the outside world is challenging and therefore sparing. We’ve established a familiar routine in this unfamiliar place, so much so that it feels like home. We wake each morning to the sound of chirping birds (or are they monkeys?). We slowly prepare breakfast and coffee. We then move on to lesson time at the big table, followed by reading on the sofa. Some days we go to the beach, some days we walk into town, and some days we simply stay home and enjoy doing very little. When the sun goes down we don our mosquito repellent (a necessity I’m afraid) and head into town for a tapioca crepe or prepare a simple meal at home.
We’ve gradually peeled back the layers of this pretty little town, getting to know the locals and their customs: the farmers’ market on Saturday, the local brunch spot on Sunday, the fruit stand in town, the stationer (and the Portuguese words we need to communicate with him), the guy selling coconuts, the guy selling pineapples, etc. We’ve learned how the tides affect the beaches, how the winds affect the surf, how the hot sun keeps the town still during the day and teeming with life each night.
This area is beautiful with its bold colours, vibrant flowers, and tropical trees. The colourful homes, the smiling people, the music, the food…! We feel inspired every day and simultaneously at ease. Our time here will come to an end but we are comforted in the knowledge that we will return again. Brazil, you have won us over.
(To maintain a smidgeon of privacy in our normally public lives, we’ve chosen not to share our location yet, but we promise to write more and share loads of photos soon.)