So let's see -- where did I leave off? Oh yes, Ipanema!
After our afternoon in Ipanema, Lindsey and I said our goodbyes to Jim and Rachel and made our way back to her place. We stopped off for dinner at her husband's restaurant, which I won't say the name of for privacy reasons but which was DELICIOUS and awesome and which had a cool setup. After our dinner and his shift, we collected him and the three of us went to their apartment.
I got to play with their kittiesssssss OMG so hyper and cute!
|kitties kitties kitties|
Our night at the restaurant and at the apartment also consisted of endless amounts of chatter. I can't remember the last time I talked this much.
Monday morning, I went to Lindsey's class with her because the guy said he had questions about the US, except he was totally not talkative and the class was pretty anti-climactic. Oh, students...
Then I had the long bus ride back to Niteroi. It took almost three hours, all told! But it was like a free scenic tour of Rio. The bus I took followed this highway that went along this cliff and followed the coast. Gorgeous!
Once back at Jim's, I joined him in the fajita feast he'd already started preparing. I learned that the secret to fantastic Mexican re-friend beans is to add BUTTER to them. Oh, the decadence!
Luiz came out to help us with the meat (best to let the Brazilian take over for that part!).
During our feast preparation, Jim and I took a break and went for a stroll along the beach -- you know, because we were in Niteroi, and we could.
After dinner was an early bedtime for me. Our plan was to wake up early and go to Ilha de Paquetá, but even the best intentions couldn't get us up early enough for that ferry! So instead, Jim and I slept in and then spent the morning meandering around Niteroi until I left to meet up with Lindsey.
|yes, it's the same shirt in a different color|
We went to MAC, the famous art museum. The quality of the "art" inside was questionable, but the building itself was so interesting. Can you see the reflection of the shore in the black windows?
The stuff around the museum was also interesting, especially the fisherman families making a living by catching fish and mussels around the bay (thanks to Jim for explaining -- he's the Niteroi expert!). I got some pictures from the museum windows (click on them for a better look):
After the museum, Jim and I had a lovely time strolling down the walking path that follows the bay.
|you are so jealous|
|look at the color of that moss!|
|metonymic picture of my trip (feel free to steal)|
During our walk, Jim and I had a great conversation, saw the views of Rio, and also made friends with a dog, who followed us for a while, hoping we'd buy him some food at one of the beach stands:
Oh, and we also stopped over to explore this old house in Niteroi. Jim will have to leave a comment with the name of it. It was basically a house that foreign diplomats owned and stayed in during visits to Rio. Now it's been converted into a government administration building where public employees pretend to work.
|even the awnings were tiled! I thought you'd like it, Nanny :)|
So yes, after that fabulous tour with Jim, I took the ferry over to meet up with Lindsey. We went to Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, a huge lagoon in Rio that's surrounded by fantastic outdoor activity options (like tennis courts and bike paths), as well as cute little restaurants and food booths.
So you can probably guess what we did: ate, drank, talked, talked, and talked some more. And then drank some more, and then ate some more. The place we went to served Middle Eastern food. Yum.
|view of the lagoon at night from the restaurant|
Lindsey and I were talking so much and so excitedly that we eventually succumbed to our nerdy teacher sides and started taking notes about things we wanted to talk about and didn't want to forget, since we changed the topic and thought of new things to tell each other every 5 seconds. After a few caipirinhas, attempts at maintaining the list proved futile, but the intention was there.
|Lindsey somehow manages to get more and more glamorous and photogenic as the night wears on. I, on the other hand, obviously don't.|
So, as reluctant as we were to end the night, we both had to get home, and I had to get to bed in order to get up early for my bus ride home. I was so sad when the trip was over! I really enjoyed everyone's company. Since Rio is so expensive, I think it would be far more logical for all of you to move out to live closer to me. ;P
But yes, the trip was a success! And since Alexandre didn't end up coming, and because I had to change my bus ticket because of the passport drama, we've already got 3 of the 4 tickets purchased for our next trip. :D Just tell me when! I miss you all already.