So porra, this will be an account of the principle last few moments of my time in Brazil. This year abroad has meant everything to me, and I already know that I will never be able to completely and sufficiently explain to anyone what this year has meant to me. Lemme just get right to the last moments that contribute to the best year of my life.
Gincana is basically Paraty’s version of a city wide rave. Just kidding, it’s actually this huge event where thousands of children, millennials, maybe even humans, create teams and compete against each other in a wide variety of activities. This may sound a bit childish, but it is serious business. The competitions range from ping-pong battles, to bike marathons, to slayin’ the dance floor. It’s a 2 day, non-stop; heart throbbing and cut-throat battle to win the coveted Ultimate Gincana trophy. For these 2 days of competing joy, the streets were full of Gincana competitors running all over the city with eggs in their hands and tape in their mouth, competing for earth knows which battle. I opted for participating in slayin’ the dance floor, and started preparing for the madness about a month before the full on Gincana war broke out. I was part of the pão com ovo team of Kamikaze. I fell in love with everyone in Família Kamikaze, and we won porra!!! Adorei cada momento com vocês Família Kamikaze, e vocês sempre vão ter uma parte grande no meu coração, beijos!
Festa do Divino
The Festa do Divino lasted for about two weeks, was so beautiful and had great shows during the weekend. The church of Santa Rita was stunning, fully decorated with beautiful lights and traditional ribbons. On one of the nights of the Festa do Divino, Skol Beats, the beer company, was doing a commercial behind the church of Santa Rita, so my friends and I tried waiting out back there until the commercial started its shoot, but unfortunately we friggin’ left before it started, unable to claim our fame. Dei mole, sei. But at least during the concerts my amigos and I totes danced our bootays off!
The International Bourbon Jazz Festival of Paraty
This had to be one of the classiest festivals I have ever been to. The municipal of Paraty really out did themselves with the great outcome of Bourbon. All of the bands and artists were extremely talented, and fit the overall Bourbon theme perfectly. The crowds were beautiful and full of respectful and cultured Homo Sapiens. Also, I thought I met the Brazilian singer Alçeu Valença, but turns out the dude lied to me. My fault anyways, and he even stole a kiss (just on the cheek though)! Cara de pau. Overall just had a splendid time!
I went on a super cute field trip with my mates from escola to see the model version of Paraty’s humble beginnings, and its part in Brazil’s gold road.
Fazendo tapetes por a Festa de Corpus Christi
I spent a breath-takingly beautiful day helping decorate Paraty’s cobblestoned floors for the Corpus Christi festival. We used a variety of odd materials with symbolic meanings and a load of dye to transform the historical center’s floors into pieces of art. It was so tranquil, stunning, and a day full of smiles.
Just Hangin’ Out in the Most Beautiful of Places that Earth Has to Offer
My girls at the gym I burned fat at threw a cute little food and wine party for me. I seriously had luck landing at the incredible gym, where I’ve met people who I know will always have a part in my life, and who I truly care about so dearly. And thank you Cida for giving me the moves to building uma bunda maior!
My amazing Brazilian aunt Sandra threw a cute little get together festa on her boat for me. It was absolute perfection. There was worry that the weather would be a bum on the day of the party because of the previous days having been full of rain and clouds, but came the day of the boat party, everything cleared up and the sky was so blue with not a cloud in sight. Also the people who mean the absolute world to me all came, and the vibe was just full of good and lovely people. The music playlist had a bunch of Brazilian MPB and the holy Brazilian Funk, so it was the best thing everrr. Every single moment of the party was perfect, and it just topped everything that already topped everything. Like I said, these are my moments in true paradise.
My last few turn-ups with my best of best friends were at Brazilian Funk concerts. I went to see MC Koringa and MC Marcinho, and may have had a bit too much of pure fun. It all seems like a dream. Too good that it’s too hard to put into words, so I’ll just leave y’alls to the pictures.
My Last Day in Paradise
This was such a hard day for me. I didn’t think I was going to be able to take the emotional pain that I went through, saying goodbye to so many people who mean the absolute universe to me. My last day I spent crying non-stop tears, and trying to take in everything around my being. Let’s just say there’s a video of a girl who looks exactly and is exactly me proclaiming from the bottom of her heart her love for Paraty and Brazil, all along the main avenue of Paraty. Tears and fears, and more tears followed. Ai it was tough.
E Para Sempre.
Since this time in Brazil means the world to me, I wanted to get something that is permanent and para sempre. Tattoo it was, sorry Mom!
Too much de tudo de bom. Heart. Hurts.