Eyes burning, mind tired, writing this blog off no sleep in the last 36 hours, yet my heart if filled with full joy from the amazing six days spent in Brazil. It was a six-day span filled with surfing, drinking caipirinhas, body and soul resonating in hammocks, hiking through the forests from beach to beach, and meeting the beautiful people that inhabit the island of Florianopolis, Brazil. Our day of arrival was spent at our hostel meeting people from Germany, Peru, Chile, Spain, Argentina, and Brazil. We all found common bond in admiration of the positive energy radiated throughout the island. I have never been in such a state of peace for such an extended time and feel there was no better way to welcome a turning of the annual calendar. Our second day, we tested our surfing skills in the waves off of Barra do Lagoa, the northern beach of the island and village of our hostel. We then hiked a trail to the other side of the island to the natural swimming pools while encountering many different animals on the hillside. Then we immersed with the locals more that night by going to a small club on the trail to the piscinas naturales. However I wasn't expecting the samba dancing lessons that we would receive from the locals, a true test of allowing the body flow to the music in a rhythm as exotic as the island itself.
The next turn of the sun, we hopped a boat to the island of Capeche, where the sand is pearl white and the water crystal blue. This was your typical small island where human meets nature. A racoon came down from the trees to keep me company while enjoying a caipirinha. What is a caipirinha? It's Brazil's drink and can be compared to a Mohito or Margarita. It is made of limes, sugar and either vodka, 51, or Cachaca. Cachaca is a rum made of sugar cane. We then spent New Year's eve on the beach watching fireworks and running into the ocean for the opening seconds of the new year. This very well was my best New Year's celebration. The following days were spent exploring the island and going to the city center of Florianopolis which has a small-town/San Diego feeling to it. The final night was spent enjoying time with the friends we met from Germany, Spain, Chile and Brazil playing music and enjoying the moment. Yes, we very well could have went to sleep before our return to Buenos Aires, yet where is the fun in that? It's amazing how much energy the people of South America have since they sleep so little compared to what our conditioning. They carry little pessimism and transform positive energy to those around them. However, these eyes are ready to shut in preparation for my five hours of teaching tomorrow. Back to work, yet I am looking forward to it, that's not right is it? I hope your New Year's celebration was full of good energy and spirits as well.
Buena Suerte in 2008!