Day 5 - Smogalicious by Erin Socks
Trip Start Nov 28, 2007
23Trip End Feb 15, 2008
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Speaking of beverage addictions, I also have another one... Guarana. Guarana is basically the ginger ale of Brazil, except it tastes a heck of a lot better and you don't only drink it when you're sick. I think I drank over 2 liters of it today. I had tried it in the US and really liked it, and should have known that they would have it available at every fountain machine next to the coke. To keep my teeth from falling out of my face, I've made a conscious decision to regulate my coffee and guarana intake.
Side note: I forgot to mention this earlier... in Brazil, you don't flush toilet paper (you throw it in a waste bin next to the toilet). Carolyn thankfully taught me this at our first bathroom stop in the Sao Paulo airport. It's a tough to get used to when your lifelong habit is wipe and drop. I may have slipped a couple of times, but no overflowing toilets yet.
Another good workout today. We ran a huge flight of stairs for 30 minutes. Shout out to Adria, who bought me a shoe wallet... I have been using it for all workouts! Also, that handy travel clock has been getting my butt out of bed to workout every morning.
Next, Carolyn and I ventured into the city again to meet up with her co-workers for lunch. Today was VERY hot and the sun was shining bright. The smog seemed to be thicker than ever. I hadn't noticed it so much before, but walking through the city, every breath I took smelled like car exhaust and it was disgusting. We had a delicious lunch of picanha (a brazilian cut of beef), ran a few errands, and hit the mall because I had to get away from the heat and smog of the streets.
When entering the mall, I felt like home... it looked just like Lakeside Mall! With the same mall Christmas decorations,
and not crazy packed with people. We shopped for a bit,
then decided to watch a movie (Beowulf) to cool off in the theater. The movies are in English with Portuguese subtitles, so I felt even more at home! Another side note: a lot of the Brazilian radio stations play American music... I was jamming to Beyonce and Billy Joel in the same day.
Later in the evening, we went to Carolyn's cousin's house for a Brazilian pizza dinner and to visit with Isabele, his 8-month old daughter. Our dinner started at about 9:30, which seems to be normal around these parts... takes some getting used to when my usual dinner time is 5. Then I have to stay awake afterwards to socialize til about 11. Needless to say, I was ready for bed.