I'm running low on clothes. I didn't pack correctly when I came here-- I brought a lot of dressy shirts and skirts thinking I would need them for work. I also didn't predict the heat, and I have a lot of long-sleeved shirts. Danette and Nancy know about the wonder that is "The Closet," the San Diego boutique store with the insanely cheap clothes. Well, everything I brought from there (the majority of my wardrobe) is too big for me now. :( (:
Shopping in Brazil-- at least in this relatively rich city-- doesn't mesh well with my Ross-shopping personality. ("Digging for gold," as Patty so aptly puts it!) 99% of the clothing stores here are tiny, overpriced boutiques with really pushy salespeople. Nothing is "made in Bangladesh," with is good for the economies in some ways but bad in most. There are more factories (and therefore factory jobs) in Brazil, but the clothes are so expensive that people don't buy them, so I don't know if the jobs balance out. I used to be really, really against outsourcing, but seeing the other side of the coin, I realize that it doesn't have to be a bad thing if the employees in the other countries are just treated more fairly. The products can still be cheaper than the domestic factory price, even if the governments enforce labor laws. One result is that domestic citizens work in stores instead of factories (like the US), and the country's retail power improves. And these are the types of things that "standard of living" comes from. Besides, it's not like factory employees in Brazil have great working conditions, even when they're managed by fellow citizens and making products for fellow citizens. So it's a toss up. Thoughts?
All I know is I've only bought 2 new articles of clothing in the last 7 months... a little unheard of for me, and they both came from one of the only two department stores in the city. (Even there, I was asked like 4 times if I needed any help, and I still had to find someone to "represent me" in the fitting rooms.) It's going to be nice to go to Target.
Last night, I convinced Alexandre to buy cheddar cheese (a rare luxury here! Danette would die) so I could make my mom's enchilada recipe. It came out faaaaaaabulous! It was our dinner last night, and will be our lunch and dinner today. He said that it was one of his favorite things that I've cooked, tied with Nanny's ribs. So, ladies, you can be proud.
That's it for now. Just wrapping things up and counting down/lamenting over the days until Alexandre leaves and we're apart for almost 6 weeks. :o(