Monday, June 8, 2009

Some randomness (1)

F. and I have been here for about 3 weeks now (seems like longer than that) and we have not ventured out too much due to my sick episodes and me needing to get some work done. We are heading out to Rio for a week and I hope to do some exploring while there (even though this is a business trip too...I need to travel for pleasure...). I thought I'd share a little bit of our day to day in Salvador....we spend a good amount of time on the beach....

We also spend a lot of time in restaurants....one of my favorite meals is moqueca de camarao with vatapa (shrimp stew with a manioc paste dish)...

I am enjoying getting re-acquainted with my favorite snack food....

Amendoims Japones (Japanese style peanuts...do they eat these in Japan?)

We even made it out to Pelourinho on Saturday and the Cidade Baixa (Lower City) today. We were too busy trying to not step in urine to take pics in Cidade Baixa (they need some porto potties in this area for real), but here we are standing in the area that Olodum performs in twice a week....a nearby cafe serves iced cappuccinos and F. just had to have one....


We ran into the owner of Sankofa African Bar (I met him last year) and he told us that they now serve African cuisine for lunch and dinner...there is also a culinary school that serves Bahian food in the neighborhood, so we will definitely be back...

F. and I are both taking language classes as well. His pronunciation is spot-on, according to the teacher, and I am challenging myself by trying to read "Pedagogy of the Oppressed" and "City of God" in the original Portuguese....Freire's "Pedagogia do Oprimido" is easier than Lins' "Cidade de Deus"....I honestly only half understand the latter, but it feels cool to be reading a novel in a language besides English, lol!!! Its storming now, and my son claims he is starving, so I gotta make some moves....I will try to do something adventurous while in Rio...stay tuned!!!

4 comments:

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said...

Hey Mae!

I noticed that you didn't return to the dialogue at my blog and I didn't want you to think that I was shutting you off... that was NOT my intent at all.


Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!
Lisa

Mae said...

No Lisa not at all. I am traveling at the moment and I have less access to the Internet. Thanks for following up!!!

Amina said...

oi! tudo bem!
I am also learning portuguese and the pictures are simply goorgeous!
have fun in Brazil!

larepublicadeblackbottom said...

its so awesome u have ur son with u, im excited for his future just because you've taken him with you on your journeys.he's gonna be sooooo prepared for the world, so exciting!!! :D