Today’s Portuguese language class took our little possy (Marcia, Mini and I) out to rural Araraquara to a Chácara which is portuguese for a small farm. This particular chácara is called RESTAURANTE RURAL CEDRO DO LÍBANO. It is open on sundays only for libanese buffet. It’s a local family place with lots of animals like horses, guinnea hens, peacocks, monkeys etc. It’s a really cool environment. The two prevailing colors are a rusty red and a deep green. The rusty red is the dirt which beautiful but gets into everything. Even the pores. No point in having white sheets as they turn red. Unfortunately I discovered this AFTER buying my expat supply of sheets. Now that it is winter and dry everything is covered in a thin film or layer of red dust, including my clean laundry…
The deep green is, obviously, in all the beautiful foliage around here.
I mean; how beautiful is this. I love the monstera leaves covering these giant trees.
Once again Leôncio the artist joined us to guide us through prat II of our Portuguese art studies. He made us draw from our own memory of our surroundings. We started with a little pony and then a tree and then the view in front of us, all the while drinking a cup of fruit salad…we forgot to bring forks.
Before we knew it it was time to go home and pick up the kids!
We managed to get lost on they way home and ended up taking, it seemed, every dirt road in outback Araraquara. Not surprising when out and about with Marcia. With her everything is an adventure. She is a great teacher but has no sense of direction even if her life (or ours eek!) depended on it.
I love these portuguese classes because we get to see such cool places and meet some really interesting people and at the same time learn a language. Sometimes most of the vocabulary is slang and can’t be found in the dictionary. They are however very useful. The one word I will take away from this class is “Putz” which means “gosh”.