Like: the first time my Portuguese abilities "clicked" and I was able to buy a bunch of cool new running clothes at Track n Field- (kind of like the Brasilian equivalent of Lululemon) without the translation services from L. The sales associate would bring me more clothes to look at and I was able to articulate in Portuguese if I liked them or not. I ended up buying 2 skirts, a sports bra, the coolest leggings you've ever seen and a blue tank top. Yeah. It's spring time there, so I won't be sporting much of these pieces until winter passes in Chicago.
Running in Parque Ibirapuera with my new skirt.
Or that time we went to a Brasilian Bbq hosted by our friends, and I was able to leave L's side and speak to friends in Portuguese. Maybe it was all the beer, cachaca, Yakult+ vodka, but it was just an amazing experience to have everything come together and be able to understand my Brasilian friends who don't speak much English and finally connect in a way we weren't able to before.
I LOVE THESE FOLKS!
So cozy for 11 hours.
Walking home from the EL, in the cold rain, just drove home to me how much I miss Brasil and the gorgeous warm weather we had been experiencing, and especially my friends and family.