We left Brazil on Wednesday morning on a quick plane ride to Buenos Aires where we’ll be for two weeks before heading back to the states. The week before, we traveled from Picinguaba to the Fazenda to Sao Paulo, saying our good-bye’s along the way.
In Picinguaba we stayed up late at a beach bar with some friends over many beers.
At the Fazenda Lone, Jamie and Julie came to visit from Fazenda Alfheim for a goodbye dinner. We had a feast, which included their delicioso sausage – made fresh the day before – and Gazpacho from Manu. On Friday we had a party for Pasha, the artist-in-residence who also left this week (see his latest addition to the Fazenda landscape below), which gave us the opportunity to have a very brazilian festa, celebrating with the workers, the farmers and their families and Manu. It was a wonderful, truly Brazilian experience, complete with a huge cake and lots of singing and guitar playing. We left with tears in our eyes the next day saying goodbye to Roseangela and Gisele – our daily dose of laughter from the kitchen – and Manu, our Fazenda Catuçaba leader and friend.
We missed the hotel opening by a few days – but it’s officially open now with the first guests! Here are a few pictures of the almost-ready rooms and Pasha’s latest art installation.
In São Paulo we had a few meetings regarding potential opportunities for the future and said goodbye to some friends over a few good meals and caipirinhas. We went to Le Jazz and really enjoyed our meal, which included reasonably priced tasty house wine. We also went to Marina’s for one last night, hanging out at her house where we were lucky enough to have Alexandre and his delicious tangerine and hot pepper caipirinhas with us.
Given the hectic nature of our last few weeks getting ready for the hotel opening, we had little time to reflect on our time in Brazil or ponder our future. We did, however, have time to enjoy the incredible experience we were given by Emmanuel. We lived in two 500-person villages, experiencing a side of Brazil that not everyone is fortunate enough to see. The people were incredibly warm and open to us and just as they became accustomed to two Americans running around, we became accustomed to their smiles, abraços, and laughter, which we’ll miss tremendously.