minha familia brasiliera: sílvio lived with the fam as an exchange student when i was in 5th grade. between his abilities to roller skate backwards and add bossa nova flair to piano renditions of "a whole new world," sílvio single-handedly raised my popularity stock by 10 points. after nearly 20 years, it was wonderful to visit with him and his family. left to right: jim, leonor, sílvio, dad.
beco de batman (batman's alley). scott n and sam c, if you ever find yourselves in são paulo, promise me you'll have a photographic hayday in batman's alley.
although it was a brief visit, i was thrilled to see gabriela in this beautiful college town 3 hours west of são paulo. i met gabriela when she was teaching free portuguese classes in detroit as part of a fulbright fellowship. after several weeks of classes, she made me promise that when i made my first trip to brazil, i would visit her. she sweetened the deal with a promise of homemade mousse de maracujá.
dad, jim, and i took in the fazendas and landscape as we continued west to araçatuba.
it's long past bedtime and we have a big day tomorrow: traveling to buritama with the saito family to see what has changed since the days of dad's snake story...love from brazil!