Normally, when I head to Estádio Beira-Rio for a game, I have my Inter jacket tied around my waist (o que posso dizer? tô quase fanática.), in case of late night chill and because it has zipper pockets where I can stash my keys, cell phone, and a little poncho.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tonight was hot. I was in a rush. I left home without it.
And. I. Got. Drenched.
It's all good. Most bad-weather days, Inter might be hard-pressed to get 8,000 fans in the 45k+ capacity stadium--particularly at 10pm on a weeknight. However, today was the first game of our luta (battle) for the Copa Libertadores da América. So I willingly got soaked during the second-half downpour alongside 40,000 other screaming, chanting, dancing, clapping fans. I think the team appreciated it, though, because after Ecuador's Emelec opened the scoring 3 minutes into the second half, Internacional came back fighting. Hard.
Tie. Then, in the final moments, we scored again to win it: 2x1. The action was electrifying in the first half, frustrating in the second, and joyful in the end. You will all be thrilled (or completely nonplussed [in the modern North American usage]) to learn that, in April, I will have my very own cadeira (chair) at Beira-Rio. That means that I will always have a seat to the games and never have to buy tickets. (Why April? Because my membership dues and game tickets are already purchased through then.) And even though I didn't mind it tonight, next time I won't have to stand in the rain.
I owe myself a story about Punta del Diablo, and about New Roxanne. But I might be back at the beach this weekend... poor me.
2010 is brilliant.
by Jenjinha at 00:47
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
My little backpack is equipped with:
- 2 swimsuits, a sarong, towel, sunscreen, goggles, books, and beach bag
- 1 dress, 2 skirts, 5 tanks and tees, a sweater and some intimates
- a camera, an iPod, and assorted widgets for each
- a wine opener and a journal
- my passport, Brazilian ID, a stash in 3 currencies, and bus tickets
- of course, my havaianas
Carnival is here. I'm off to Punta del Diablo.
Vamos ver o que vai acontecer... (suitable devilish grin)
by Jenjinha at 18:30
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
While many of the States have been buried in snow, I've been hiding out in any air conditioned respite I could find here in "Forno" Alegre. Still, the 100F+ days have brought some pretty wicked storms too. Legal. ("Cool", or at least, I wish.)
Another Spanish Ivan arrived for a visit last week. Me and The Ivans went for sushi... then cachaça, then beers, then hot dogs (for breakfast).
That, friends, is a caipiceva. The, ahem, let's call it a glass... arrives at the table with a couple shots of cachaça and fresh lime juice in the bottom, salted rim on top. Then the friendly waiter pours in a 20 oz icy Polar beer. Wheeeeeeee!
Bere, Ana, and Natália prepared another exquisite lunch on Saturday. Then it was bubble bath and bubbly in the jacuzzi.
Shelley had a birthday party for Rafael. Looking at all these tanned, happy faces reminds me never to spend Brazilian summer in Chicago again!
Lastly, more fruit experiments. Nice melons.
by Jenjinha at 19:54