Okay, just kidding – Thanksgiving got trumped by beach. (I will post about our thanksgiving sometime in the future . . . but at this point, what’s another 3 months, right?)

We had an amazing weekend at the beach with Tara, Jana + Alex, and April + Jeff. The weather was perfect, the water crystal clear and refreshing, and the company outstanding. These are the kinds of weekends that help me embrace living in São Paulo (along with our jaunts to the country-side). We stayed at a cute little pousada a few minute walk from the beach.

Both days we parked ourselves under some umbrellas, took in lots of sun, enjoyed a few drinks on the beach, tried out paddle boarding in choppy water and laughed lots.

On Saturday night we went to Manaca for dinner, which is a spectacular restaurant that gained popularity because of Anthony Bordain who highlighted it in his show No Reservations. It is located down a sand-road alley and not so easy to find, but turns out to be a gem. Surrounded by lush green, you sit on the wood deck and enjoy their delicious Brazilian meal (for a price, but worth it).

That’ll be a hard weekend to beat . . . but we’ll certainly try with many more trips to the beach!

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