Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Porto Alegre Calls Me (other) Home

That. Was. An. Amazing. Trip.




(Thanks for the sign, among other things, Gina!)

I really can't begin to explain it all. Even this blitz of photos won't do justice to the week. I felt like a mini-celebrity [I'm not--not yet (foreshadowing)]. I laughed so hard, so many times, during my week in Porto Alegre. Good Times, pra caramba.

My plane was late on Wednesday (the 6th). I'd say that was the reason I jetted straight to the Shamrock, but who am I kidding? I was planning to do that anyway. So with light luggage in tow, I grabbed a taxi at the airport and headed to meet my friends for English Quiz Night at the pub. I managed a slight detour to run into Zero de Conduta. I literally ran, leaving my bags in the taxi out front, into the bar to give a giant, suadade-filled hug to my good friends Fernando and Danilo. Then I was whisked into the opening night festivities. The greeting I received at Shamrock was heartwarming. Truly. Comical, even, as about 25 people yelled, "JENNY!" when I walked through the door, there was a brief pause in the game, and Victoria handed me a cold Guinness.

And the scene was set...

GIRL'S NIGHT AT LA PIZZA MIA



SAMURAI MADNESS AT BOTECO PEDRINI


ESTRANGEIROS HAPPY HOUR AT MUFFALETA







BOTECO NATALÍCIO



AREPAS BRUNCH AT JEFF'S


DANILO'S BIRTHDAY AT ZERO DE CONDUTA







AL NUR


AND A RISOTTO FOR THE ROAD


I did manage to take care of some business (dentist, accountant, genius hair stylist) in between parties, but not much else. Instead, I spent the week, delightfully, hanging with old friends and making new friends. Just the way I like it. Thank you everyone, for welcoming me (back) with such widely outstretched and warm arms. The friendship and fun was actually overwhelming, and at the end of the last night, I shed a couple tears, knowing I had to leave it all behind--again--in the name of Disorder and Progress.

A most sincere obrigada to Maureen and Rudimar for making me so welcome in their home.

Com amor,
Paulistinha