Christmas and New Years
Trip Start Jan 24, 2005
33Trip End Apr 2007
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Simon and Jessica: We'll take her to the nicest hotel that has a pool and eggs for breakfast. Ireri: This is an OK hotel, but the breakfast isn't that great. S and J: We'll drink sugar cane juice and terere so we don't get overheated while we're out shopping. Ireri: Oh my, he just rinsed out that cup in a bucket of water from God knows where. I now have the germs from everyone in the entire city. S and J: It will be fun to cook at Dr. Avila's house so everyone can try some authentic Mexican food. Ireri (and Jessica, after we got to the house): It is insanely hot cooking in this kitchen with no AC in 90 degree weather
S and J: We will relax and sleep in at the hotel in Caaguazu. Reality: The window won't close in the hotel room. Street noise and heat keeps us up all night. S: We're pretty close to the bus station, we can just walk. J and I: I don't know if we'll make it in the noon heat carrying all of this stuff (only two back packs, one duffle, one suitcase, one suitcase size bag of groceries, and one 2 ft x 18 in package). S and J: We're almost home. Ireri: This bus doesn't have a single seat that isn't broken. How are we going to sit here for an hour and a half? (after the first berakdown) Two hours in the heat? (after the second breakdown) Three hours in the heat with pumpkin orange faces from the dust?
S and J: Ah, home sweet home. And it's still almost as clean as we left it. Ireri: I haven't slept in four days and I have to sleep in this room that has more bugs and spiders than I can even count? (after sweeping out the bugs, setting up the bed and the mosquito net) Oh, well maybe this is OK. She said that was the first night she really slept since arriving.
We had a good time. We visited our friends in site, we painted some world map on Simon's newly finished basketball court
Then we got on a bus to Sao Paolo. It was a sleeper, so we were ready for a relaxed ride
We arrived in Sao Paolo New Year's eve and spent a while finagling ticket half-refunds and hotel reservations. When we got to the hotel, we figured out the finagling paid off. It was the nicest hotel Simon and I have ever stayed in and one of the nicest Jaime and Ireri have stayed in , whick is really saying something. And not that expensive. We had and excellent dinner at a churrasquerria (like the restaurant where we had our wedding reception). Then we went to the street party. It was cool; people from all walks of life were there, there was a concert, we counted down and they showered us with glitter and then set off fireworks for almost half an hour.
The next day we rented a car and drove to Rio de Janeiro. They told us on the phone it was a Sienna. We're thinking a Toyota Sienna, the mini-van. We get there to discover it's a Fiat Sienna, and that's the biggest car they have. Plenty of space in back for three people maybe if they were two years olds and asleep.
It rained in Rio, so so much for the beaches. The two major tourist attractions are the Christ the Redeemer statue and the Pao de Azucar rock formation, both things you climb to see the veiw. Not much of a view when you're above the clouds. We went up anyway. Check out the pictures. So we headed back to Sao Paolo a day early to stay in the nice hotel again. Then Simon and I headed home on the bus, and the family on the plane. Quite the adventure. I can't believe we only have three months to go. I remember when I set up this travel log and I had to put in the return date and 2007 seemed ages away. Well, here it is. We're almost home!