"There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere . . . "
- Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Ben collected my photos and his video from the Rio de Janeiro portion of our recent excursion and created this epic compilation - set to music - about our days exploring the South American city with our friends.
Turn up your volume (at home probably...it depends on your office situation, I guess) and take a peek into our travel lives.
Bravo, Ben. When do we get to see Salvador, Brazil?
Main Course: Leftover Homemade Vatapa: (this is a Northern Brazilian fish stew I adapted and cooked after returning home from our recent travels. I made it with various fish chunks, scallops, lite coconut milk, dende oiland other ingredients, and it is served over rice - once again, presented in a sexy Ziploc disposable plastic container!)
This is a wonderful hearty yet (mostly) healthy stew. Even though it is warm outside, my office is freezing, so it's nice to have a comforting lunch. Using light coconut milk and a very limited amount of dende oil keeps the fat to a minimum.
On the side: Flavia "Japanese Green Tea":
Meh. It's warm. And I feel "healthy" sitting here drinking it.
I forgot to pack my salad, so no lettuce munching until tonight.
I wasn't able to make it our Annual Spring Spider Party this year (the commute from Brazil would have been tricky) but I wasn't about to miss out on one of the best swap events ever ~ the Spider Hand Lovin' Swap.
So I imposed a fun deadline on myself and began to knit mitts.
What I ended up with wasn't what I started, but I am happy with the results anyway (and I hope Sandra enjoys them!) A few false starts sent me scrambling for a pattern that is an old favorite -Evangeline.
Two weeks in Brazil is just about the right amount of time to knit a Baby Surprise Jacket!
Much of this was actually knit on a riverboat, winding down the Rio Negro toward the meeting of the waters.
Full details are on Ravelry, but I need to tell you about this yarn - Araucania Ranco Multy. It's Chilean and made from sugarcane! It feels like silk. But can I tell you, the tangles! Oy! I spent more time unknotting than knitting.
Other than the constant knots, I love the yarn and the resulting little sweater. Oh, and I looked everywhere for yarn in Brazil and found nothing. Apparently knitting isn't so popular there.
We found caiman lurking in the waters near our beach. We even saw some baby ones clambering around on the shore.
Ben and I fished for piranha. We saw some, but didn't catch any. Which was fine, since we wouldn't know what to do with it anyway!
Ben has the rest of our Amazon photos (including our encounter with an anaconda[ick] and a sloth [aw!!]) as well as the many photos we took of Iguassu Falls in Brazil and Argentina; when I can pry them out of his hands, I'll share some more with you!