Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Friends, Felines and Férias

A few photos from our life these days...

My childhood friend Hallie and her friend Cheryl came to visit over the holidays, fresh off working on the Obama campaign. We kicked things off with the requisite meal at Costa do Sol.

We also showed them a braai, in good South African style. We had a great afternoon with swimming, meat, wine and karaoke.

The food was delicious - the right mix of spicy and sweet, perfect for summer.

While the girls were here, we took them to the beach at Macaneta. It was a beautiful day, full of sun, with just a touch of wind to keep things comfortable. At one point, we spotted something strange wash up on shore. Upon closer inspection, it was a turtle shell. The insides were definitely rotten, but it was super interesting to have a look at the turtle nonetheless.

We spent New Year's in Maputo, which was pretty low-key compared to previous years in San Francisco, Rio and Cape Town. Still, we had a good time celebrating with friends. I wore white, holding up the Brazilian tradition, but was definitely not in the majority...

Hallie and Cheryl enjoy some champagne in our living room prior to hitting the town.

Ready to be out with the old, and in with the new!

Happy 2009!! (Though I must say, this toast was deceptively early. This was still around 10pm, prior to going out, though we were ready to kick things off with style.)

Onto other news, I realized yesterday marked the 2-month anniversary of Parceiro's death. It seems like it was a year ago. So strange how time works when you suffer a loss. Rico and I think of him often, and how he must be enjoying himself in the land of fleece and treats.

Much of Parceiro's spirit has been captured in our little ones, Mano and Nina. Here we are - the entire cat fam - enjoying some tv on the bed. Pria continues to be a stellar momma cat, keeping the kittens clean and sleeping with them in a protective heap. It is incredibly cute. :)

4 comments:

bart said...

good friends, good weather and good food... who could ask for more at a special time of year...

you look tremendous in the white dress :-)

keep well...

Ali la Loca said...

~Bart - Despite it being a bit frustrating to be in Maputo at the end of the year (many things close - restaurants, tourist attractions, etc.), it was a great holiday for sure.

The white dress has become my New Year's staple, as in Brazil I always struggle to find something white that I like and is comfortable. Thanks for the compliment. :)

MoziEsmé said...

That photo of Macaneta is making me miss the beach right now! And those kitties look so sweet - glad they are all getting along.

Help said...