Trip to Caconde

Trip Start May 14, 2009
Trip End Aug 11, 2009

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Eléida´s home and farmhouse

Flag of Brazil  , State of Sao Paulo,
Monday, May 25, 2009

On Thursday, Eléida asked if I wanted to come with her to her home and husband´s farm in Caconde, SP. ´´Of course´´ was my reply (in my head at Portuguese speech it was just yes)! So, on Friday after everyone was home from work, Eléida, Cris, Marcos and I set out on theãpprox. 2 hour journey. We arrived around 11pm, unpacked, watched a little TV, and went to sleep.  The next morning we woke and repacked, stopped by the supermarcado, and were on our way to the farm.  After 10 minutes or so of viewing gorgeous mountains in the distance and green countryside, we started down a rocky and bumpy dirt road.  I wound my window up to decrease the dust and looked out.  My friends, the cows, were there and a couple were even crossing the road as we drove by!  Eléida had said that this was a ´´small´´ while the building itself is small, the amount of land they own is vast! At the house were chickens, including a baby and cows.  I took a look at the coffee that was drying in the sun and went with Reynaldo and Marcos to eat from the trees.  We had tangerines and oranges...pretty good, although they eat them when they are green and not ripe.  We settled in, had lunch, and then took a walk into the crops.  I helped pick fava beans and looked over the mountains and river from atop this hill...absolutely gorgeous! After a short walk closer to the water we headed back to the house.  There we began to prepare for dinner, which was pizza baked in an outdoor oven.  We sat around listening to music, and then they explained to me that Reynaldo knows the radio DJ.  Shortly after I heard a dedication to me from the others and a song was played entitled Borboletas (Butterflies) by Victor e Léo.  We went and looked at the stars, where Marcos showed me the North Star and Scorpio.  It was beautiful night...
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