We're in a different world here.
As we sat in the Rio airport waiting on our flight to Iguassu Falls we remembered. The sights and sounds are different here. The smell is different, not bad, just different. Things are more sparse, not a bunch of stuff cluttering their lives. The food choices looked nothing like a burger and fries and there were no Starbucks on every concourse of the airport. Actually we didn't see a single Starbucks. The money is strange looking and it's whole new dimension to figuring out how much things are costing or whether or not you have the right change. The people are friendly and notice you. They will greet a total stranger and act like they want to be your best friend. The sounds are different as you hear people conversing in another language. It's exciting and a little bit intimidating. And we're looking at it all a little bit differently as we think of this (Brazil) going to be our new home.
Flying into Iguassu was beautiful. Trees, lots and lots of trees. Quite different from the land of "Rio" where everything is concrete, blacktop and beaches. The trees were a welcome sight!
The Roger family have been wonderful to take us into their lives and let us see what living would be like if we should choose "the Falls" to be our home. It's a wonderful place, but life is not easy here. It's not all about taking it easy in the tropical heat. There are things to be done and EVERYTHING takes longer than in the states. What they consider conveniences are hard work to us spoiled Americans. People here, like all Brazilians, are friendly and immediately make you their friend. The Rogers are continually welcoming guests and pulling out things to eat. So much for taking off a few pounds while we're here!
We were able to go to Argentina last night for dinner. We left at 9:00 and were still eating ice cream at 11:00! Great food. Again, different sights and sounds. Another country to add to our list of where we have been! (is that cheating by just crossing the border?!)
We are realizing that this change in life will be even more of a journey than what we had imagined but we are excited. I think.