Saturday, July 9, 2011

You know it is winter in Brazil when

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You know it’s winter in Brazil when:

The women break out their shin-high boots (even if it’s still warm out).
You close your windows for the first time in 10 months.
The electric shower head water heater does not have the oomph to heat the cold water.
All the windows on the bus are closed, and the air conditioner is off.
Scarves are everywhere – everyone is wearing a scarf.
The gringos’ toes are white in their Havaianas.
Ice cream parlors are selling hot chocolate and coffee drinks.
Weekend street festivals (Festa Junina) feature hot corn on the cob and a super delicious piping hot stew over polenta to warm the belly (Angu à Baiana).
Locals will spend an hour in the sun on the beach (for exercise), but gringos will try to pretend it is sunny and warm all day.
Even the most unlikely among us will learn to cook bagels – if only to heat the kitchen.  =;-)
The mosquitoes are oddly absent.
You dig around and find your socks.


Meredith said...

You described "winter in Brazil" in such a way that I feel like I can feel it, like I'm there....well written.

(BTW, I like the picture :)

GingerV said...

you have a shot of grappa after lunch, you wear two shirts and a sweater when in the house,
nice post.... don't know about the scarf photo though.....

Lindsey said...

You realize you didn't bring any sweaters with you from home... and all you have in your closet now are 3 quarter length at the most!

You can't even think about drinking chopps - only red wine will do!

Gina said...

Guys - just look at that photo of the models again, you won't be cold for much longer - I'm burning up myself! LOL...

Rachel said...

I totally need to make more bagels... And yes, my toes are so white! And the freaking scarves... madness. I'm seeing kids in mittens.

Rogério Penna said...

you joke because you live in Rio, haha. I should forward to you some posts from americans spending their winters in Porto Alegre or Curitiba, where they felt cover than in Wyoming, because despite the climate being less cold, the lack of proper insulation and heating systems in southern brazilian habitation makes it FEEL its colder.

Jim said...

Rogério - you need a scarf!! hahaha