South America | Brazil | Southern Brazil | Florianopolis – We don’t like rain…
Hi people! Well after two days of the concrete jungle of Sao Paulo, we decided to move south to a beautiful beach town called Florianopolis. Not that Sao Paulo wasn’t exciting. We were blessed with great company! We were received by a Japanese friend who picked us from the airport and took us to a great sushi place. After a long flight and several beers, we nearly passed out during the dinner. 🙂
We also visited Lyla’s friends Dwight and Carmulche.(Lyla speaking now) Dwight and his wife Mimi, are both classmates of mine from Brown. We had a wonderful time catching up. They ended up taking us to a phenomenal restaurant that specialized in barbacoa. The most tender, succulant meat was served. All you vegetarians, close your eyes and stop reading until the next paragraph. Carnivores: this was the ultimate experience. I have never tasted such delicious beef, pork and lamb – it was out of this world – my salivary glands are reminiscing as I type.
Back to Mike now.
The highlight of Sao Paulo? Pinacoteca! It’s a beautiful museum that was renovated from an old government building across from the train station. I have to admit, it was one of the best museums that Lyla has dragged me to. I really enjoyed it.
Well, now we are in THE TOWN for surfing in Brazil. The national championship has just finished. Lyla and I walked over to the beach this afternoon, shaking off the tired stressed muscles from Sao Paulo and the long bus ride, saw equal amount of wave maggots by the beach as Ocean Beach in San Francisco. But imagine this, Ilha de Santa Catarina on one side is surounded by pristine beaches and virgin islands, and on the other calm and warm waters that invite swimming. We’re on the open ocean side, but it’s still pretty warm. I kept thinking how cool it would be to circumnavigate the island, but yours truly probably won’t drag Lyla as easily as she does me to museums. 🙂
(Ahem, Lyla speaking again.) I would LOVE to go kayaking, but we were just informed that the wind and currents are at their worst right now, i.e., this ain’t the season for kayaking on this end of the island. So, if Miguelito can fanagle a rafting or kayaking trip on the North side of the island I’ll be the first one donning her pfd and jumping into the boat. We’ll keep you posted on any developments on this front. Back to Mike…
Anyways, Guilherme, our friend, who rents a quaint little house by the beach, left the house to us tonight. We’re pretty damn lucky. I met Mariana, his sister, at the Shamrock on Lincoln. But hey somehow we emailed and got a hold of his brother and now we are here! The only thing we wish is for the rain to go away here in the south of brazil…
Our stomachs are rumbling now so we’re off in search of a restaurant – most likely it will be Brazilian pizza for dinner. Of course, all dinner places were still closed at 6, 7 pm, but hopefully, by now, a few holes in the walls have opened there doors.
With warmest regards,
Mike and Lyla