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Trip Start Jan 12, 2007
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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Maris- Hey! We've moved out of Itapetininga and are now chilling in a small town called Sorocaba. We're only here to see the zoo and catch a bus to the beach. Yes.....everyone is getting pretty anxious to start surfing. The last week has been very busy, mostly consisting of lots of parties. I'm not complaining. We also went to a crazy waterfall in the middle of nowhere the other day. It was a relief to get out of the noisy city for a bit. Geez....there are definitely no noise laws here. I don't think any of the cars have mufflers, and they have these "advertisement" cars that go around town playing commercials 24/7. I think all the cement like reverberates the sound or something. Ahhh....I can't wait for the beach. We've rented a super cheap cabin-thing on the beach, except it comes with 6 beds so we're looking for more takers. Luckily, we've already convinced 2 more people to come, so there's only one bed left. Anyone interested?? 

Dara - Hi everyone! I'm feeling a little tired and lazy this Sunday afternoon...(I just woke up).  I don't think I've ever been to so many parties ever -  and in Brazil anything can turn into a party.  You drop by to say hi to someone and bang, people are suddenly popping out of nowhere and food starts appearing... it's amazing.  Everyone in Itapetininga has been very kind to us.  Through them we've learned so much about life in Brazil.  Isaac and I have been building a mental list of differences between Brazil and Canada.  It's a very long list.  Made longer by the fact that we are in the background during most conversations (it's almost as though everyone is speaking a different language...)   My Portuguese, however, is getting pretty good.  I can't say much but I can usually figure out what everyone is talking about.  Words I know stick out - this is what I hear:  oewir owierjlsdoie very cool slkdjfoie sdijf city soidf cold slfkdoi warm cloths slkdfjoew me too.  It's kind of fun trying to puzzle it all together.  I Isaac and I also have a list of Portuguese words that sound funny to our English ears, our personal favorites being knife, straw, napkin, ace and dog.  Brazilians think umbrella and balloon and funny words.

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