Saturday, March 21, 2009

Family Times, Brasilian Edition

So to take my mind off the fact that I was the victim of identity theft not once but *twice* in the past week, let's concentrate on the more enjoyable aspects of our recent trip to Brasil.

Dinner at one of São Paulo's best Japanese restaurants to celebrate Rico's dad's birthday.

We spent a weekend in Angra dos Reis sailing with Rico's aunt and uncle. We stopped for a swim at this little beach called Pingo d'Agua (Drop of Water)

The water in Angra is the most beautiful shade of tealish green, and is as warm as bathwater - just how I like my ocean experience!

The pier at R and M's condo, just a minute's walk from their house...definition of "vida dura".

On this fateful day I discovered that I am a much happier sailboat passenger if I take Dramim.

Rico in his preferred natural environment.

For the past 8 months, the top tier of our wedding cake has been in Rico's mom's freezer. Since we won't be in Rio in July for our 1-year anniversary, we decided to go ahead and eat the cake on this trip. I love the fact that we were able to eat our anniversary cake in the exact same spot where our wedding reception was, while looking across the street at the church where we got married.

We all agreed that freezing actually made the cake more delicious than on our wedding night! The vanilla pound cake was super moist, and the apricot and brigadeiro branco filling had intensified in flavor.

Dinner in Rio with Rico's brother, our sister-in-law and her family - including our newest nephew, little B.

Our trip to Brasil was unfortunately shorter than we would have liked, and I had to work on a proposal for work nearly the entire time we were there. Still, at least if I had to be glued to the computer, it was with a beach in front of me and a cocktail in my hand, surrounded by people we don't see often enough.


judy in ky said...

It all looks wonderful. Nice photos. Makes me want to travel.

Ali la Loca said...

~Judy in KY - It was a good trip, even though we did too much in too short a timeframe for me to really feel like it was a true vacation. Oh, that and the fact I had to work most of the time! Still, always wonderful to go to Brasil and catch up with family.

Amber said...

The cake is beautiful, and YOU are beautiful.