After a week of trying to hold down the fort at the fazenda, while Manu is in Spain, we had a wonderful weekend in Picinguaba. Our friend Candice was visiting, and though we didn’t do anything too adventurous, we had a great time living the Picinguaba life. This entailed drinking beers and pinga at one of the 4 beach bars while Suell played his guitar and sang some popular brasilian songs as well as talking to the riddle-man, a banana farmer from Ubatumirin (he literally speaks in riddles, pretty hilarious and impossible to follow in Portuguese). We also met Jaque, who’s a Frenchman biking across the world – no joke. He even hitch-hiked a sail across the Atlantic to Recife with his bike and will continue heading down through Brazil to Argentina, hoping to hop a sail across the Pacific eventually as well. We had a fun and delicious sausage sandwich together by the waterfall at Zé’s linguiça shack.
Stay tuned for more news from the Fazenda as we’re pushing full-force ahead to open by March 1st (just in time for Carnaval). One construction team decided not to show up Monday, so we may be in for an interesting last bit of life in the construction world of Brazil.