Recovering from Carnival
Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
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Other than catching up on sleep, Jim's been working quite a bit trying to get the software development back on track. He even worked until 6am because he had so much on his mind. He's so close to releasing it, but still there is more work to be done. I have been hanging out with Dalia every day. Yesterday we went to listen to some Brazilian jazz and meet her friend Roxanne, a firery red head with lots of energy
Today, Dalia took us on the metro downtown. I was suprised to see such a modern metro system. It's pretty new and they are building more tunnels to other areas in south Rio. Downtown ws bustling. Dalia took us to a samba dance hall where people would leave work to go dance samba from 12pm-2pm and then return to work. What a culture! Then the dance hall opens up again for evening dancing. Young and old, black and white, rich and poor all get together to dance samba. It was electric and intoxicating. They were wonderful dancers and I was hooked. I danced a few dances. One guy was very pacient with me and the other was not so much. I'm not much of a couples dancer and not speaking Portuguese didn't help. I sat by Jim most of the time and observed, but I want to learn. Ater everyone left I asked Dalia to find Jim and I a teacher to teach us samba. We were introduced to Cesar, Claudio and Cida. Cida was a beautiful black woman from London. Her mother is Brazilian and her father is Jamaican. She was so beautiful with dark glowing skin, and a beautiful smile. She had taken a sebatical from work in London to come to Brazil and study Portuguese, history and some other topics I can't remember
Dalia has made us a great offer. She has a 3 bedroom apartment she will rent to us for a good price. The money we give her will go toward fixing up the floors and buying furniture for the apartment so that she can start renting it out. It's a win/win situation. It's in Copacabana a few blocks from where we are now and very close to Ipanema. It just needs a little work which we are happy to help, and I get to feng shui the place :-)