Living in Brazil I am enjoying the culture, commenting on the differences, celebrating local expressions and inviting others to enjoy all Brazil has to offer.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Brazilian sun - Gringo skin
Even with all the rain of late I am thinking about the hot sun. Summer has kicked in.When the sun is out it is STRONG. Temperatures are up in the mid 30’s (low 90’s Fahrenheit).
Given our hustle-bustle lifestyle (NOT!), Luiz and I find ourselves at the beach quite a bit.The sun’s warmth lulls us for hours; the cooling sea breeze conspires to keep us on the sand.Even the largest of shade umbrellas is merely a pretext of sun safety.Every sand crystal reflects penetrating solar rays, sneaking up into our shade oasis and nailing this gringo’s skin.
Sunscreen, hat, umbrella – forget it.The only real strategy for skin protection is staying out of the sun (duh!). But that’s no fun!
The good news is that after three years I have adapted enough that I no longer get heat rashes or flash burns.Slowly but surely I get tanned, not burned.
We arrived in Brazil in January, 2008 to start up a new chapter in our life together. Luiz has returned to his hometown and I've jumped into the deep end of the pool ready for anything. Let the fun begin!