Another week in Rio

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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Wow! Has it been over a week since my last entry? How time flies. Well, we've created a bit of a routine for ourselves here in Rio. We attend Portuguese classes Monday through Thursday from 10:30AM - 12:30PM, then we eat lunch a one of the many "food by the kilo" restaurants. We've learned that the good restaurants are where the old Jewish people eat. They know the good, cheap eats. Then we go back to the apartment so Jim can work and I can study or we go to the beach or grocery shop. It's like we live here! Well, we are, for a time.
 
Highlights this week include Jim and I getting food poisoning at one of the restaurants. We think it was sushi that was sitting out too long.  I listened to my body and threw it up while Jim held on and paid for it the next day. Actually, we were both out of commission for a day.
 
I'm feeling much better and coughing 60% less. Night time is the worst! I'm finished taking antibiotics though my throat still hurts and can feel my lymph nodes harden. I've started up on the homeopathics again and Dalia bought me lotus root to make a tea. I'm committed to the natural approach now.  Dalia got the same bug and she fought it in a few days with the lotus root tea. I should have listened to her in the beginning. Live and learn. Jim started to get a sore throat last night so he stayed home to rest while I went downtown with Dalia to watch her son Dalus play. He plays violin and guitar in a band. They were very good. I'll be adding video clips of the night to this entry. BTW, Jim is feeling much better. The homeopathics his mom told him to take helped. Thanks JoAnn!
 
Today in class the faculty put all the Portuguese 1, 2 and 3 students together to teach us how the Brazilians celebrate birthdays. It was the birthday of one of the teachers so of course, it was a perfect excuse to have a party.  Everyone brought food and we got to know each other since there were 3 different classes. The students were mainly from Europe and America. We are learning more Portuguese but its slow going. I can't understand half of what the teacher is saying, but asking for things at the store in Portuguese is much easier.
 
After class we met Dalia at the apartment where we had previously stayed. Bad news. Today she was robbed! While at the bus stop, someone had reached into her purse and stolen her wallet. Luckily her bank was on the next block and so she cancelled all her credit cards, but still, that sucks!
 
To finish up the day Jim when to the dentist to have his tooth repaired. He had bit into something and cracked part of the tooth off, so now it's all put together and he is very happy. The dentist's office was a very modern facility where they spoke English, and our insurance will pay half the cost!
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Glad ur feeling better
and Jim's not gotten sick :-)

Also, this is so fabulous that you are now actively listening to the language, even if you don't undersand most of it your brain is still learning, and practicing it while shopping etc...

So do you know how to sing 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY' in portuguese???

sing to me when I see you next.... :-D

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