Monday, June 22, 2009
Our regional enhancement seminar was amazing. We met up with other Fulbright ETAs in Chile, Argentina, and Brazil to share with one another our experiences. After spending two nights in Sao Paulo we took a bus to Barra de Sahy, part of the town, São Sebastião, 161 km away from São Paulo. This resort is likely the most beautiful place I have ever been in my entire life. The beaches were spectacular.
One morning we took a boat ride to a small island and spent the day basking in the Brazilian sun. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G
The food at the Aldeia de Sahy was great too. Tables of papaya, mango, fresh greens, seafood, meat, squash, beans, coffee, fruit juices, flan and more. Mmmmm.
Live music and dancing almost every evening. A little samba here, a little forró there. Throw in a little capoeira, and all of the sudden you realize that Brazilians really like their dancing!
I got the opportunity to chat with a Brazilian woman who was super intriguing. Fortunately she spoke some English and could explain to me what globalization meant for her and her village.
They put us up in cute little bungalow houses, but one night I attempted to sleep in the hammock hanging in the front porch. That endeavor was a little less than successful. I lasted about 2 hours. But, darn it, you can't say I didn't try!