As much as we wish we could, we can’t spend all of our time in Brazil traveling to new places. Our home-base is a smaller (but very affordable) city and although there’s not a ton to do on the weekends, we’ve managed to find several fun ways to get the most out of this extended travel experience.
We’ve enjoyed seeing a movie for the first time since… Gone Girl? We watched Mad Max at a nice theater here in Bauru, in English with American subtitles. The conversion rate makes the movie going experience much cheaper for us here than in the U.S. (which is why we don’t go that often, plus I hate sitting for that long) which is a nice perk.
We also went to a Festa Junina one weekend, a traditional party celebrating the end of the rainy season and rural life with lots of food, a bonfire and dancing.
I posted additional photos on the Bad Sentences Facebook page. But perhaps the most fun and scenic activity we’ve come up with so far was a visit to the local golf club on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.
Tom loves to golf but sadly wasn’t able to bring his clubs to Brazil, where the weather is almost always perfect for 18 holes. After some research, however, we discovered that he could rent equipment for a reasonable price at a golf club just thirty minutes from our apartment.
I didn’t play, opting instead to enjoy the expansive views of the countryside all while getting some easy exercise. Tom, however, was in heaven.
He played a good round, especially after more than two months off. Golfing in Brazil isn’t very common, so we had the course almost entirely to ourselves. It was a very serene and peaceful afternoon.
Sometimes the landscape here surprises me by how much it can resemble Oklahoma.
The red dirt, the open field, the big sky – they all look like home. It’s comforting in a way. And of course, toward the end of the round, Brazil treated us with another of her perfect sunsets.
It was a wonderful way to spend a laid back Brazilian afternoon.