July 18, 2014

The Serrano, which is just outside of town, is our most frequently visited waterfall. It's about a 20-minute hike, up smooth eroded rock. The Serrano is a great place to swim. There are three main pools, usually very cold, but refreshing. There is a natural slide that...

July 11, 2014

 

A page from the records of Dona Bela, a traditional midwife in Lencois who died about 10 years ago. According to the hash marks, she caught 1120 babies over 60-some years of practice.

 

And not a single maternal or fetal mortality.

 

How to verify thi...

July 8, 2014

Monday was supposed to be the first day of kindergarten for J. He put on his backpack with colored pencils and a notebook, and we headed up the hill with N. and her mother to get the school bus. J. was a little nervous, but excited.

 

Kindergarten here is a half day, and...

July 5, 2014

The boys' Portuguese is progressing apace. J's vocabulary right now, though, consists primarily of "para" (stop), "desce" (get off of me), and "eu nao gosto disso" (I don't like that).

 

Let me explain.

 

The family we are renting from has three kids, too: a 14-year old bo...

July 4, 2014

No hot water for the past couple of days. When I asked the owner of the house, he said, philosophically, it must be broken.

 

But Brazil is about to play, so I philosophical musing is really all I can ask for at the moment.

 

Everyone else shivered through a cold shower, b...

July 2, 2014

It's always in the forefront when you've got a bunch of kids to feed. Especially when you're blessed/cursed with children who eat as much as mine do.

 

The little house where we are staying has a "kitchen" of sorts: a small stove, an outdoor sink that doubles for washing...

July 1, 2014

The Internet is soooo slow here! I keep waiting to post pictures--we have a ton of incredible ones--but if I do that I may end waiting until we get back to the States. So for now, just words.

 

Here's the place we're staying: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1649022?s=wJ-9

 

I...

June 30, 2014

Overheard yesterday, hiking to a waterfall to go swimming--

 

J: Is this a dream?

Dan: No. Not a dream.

J: (sighing) Because it's amazing.

June 29, 2014

Lesson #3: Things usually work out (see lesson #1).

 

We were supposed to have to pay a multa (fine) for missing our bus, but Nina took us to the bus station, and indignantly told the clerk, "These people had to sleep on the floor last night! You won't make them pay the...

June 28, 2014

Nina, our former next-door neighbor and the boys' surrogate vovo, refused to let us pay for anything--breakfast, dinner, lunch the next day--because apparently she'd come into some money. "I am rich!" she kept declaring. "In August, when you come back to Salvador, I wi...

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