Friday, July 01, 2005

Back on My Back

Grr. Last week, our extra-long holiday weekend, I was healthy. Russ was sick. But then he got better and we got to enjoy the holiday.

Now I'm sick again. Food poisoning, we think. I spent yesterday evening throwing up but now I'm doing much better.

What is frustrating about me having food poisoning is that I'm not a very risky eater. I don't buy acarajes on the street. I have been deliberately careful about not introducing to much funky new food to my diet all at once. And yet here I am, missing Portuguese class once again. It was totally a random incident- we've eaten at that restaurant several times but, just as happens in North America, they were having an off day.

On another, much more positive note, Brazil won the Confederations Cup (soccer) the other day. The tournament itself was pretty rocky- loss, loss, tie. Finally we won our semifinal game putting us in the final with Argentina. It was a very exciting game- the last time we had played Argentina (for the South American championship) we lost, not to mention some general old rivalries of a historical nature with Argentina. But there was not contest. Brazil showed why they are one of the best teams in the world.

It's incredible to experience Brazil during a game like this. Stacey and I were with Alicia in her apartment when the first goal was scored. Fireworks went off outside the window. (I mean RIGHT outside, which startled all of us immensly). People were shouting "GOOOOOOAAAAALLLL!" and horns were honking. It was so exciting. We weren't even watching the game at that point. When we got to Keith and Stacey's a few minutes later, the boys were watching the game. Every time a goal was scored we ran out on the balcony to watch the fireworks and listen for the yelling. Did I mention this game was at 4:00 in the afternoon? At the end, when our victory was finally official, the fireworks started again. It was dusk by this point, so you could really see them. From the Parkers' balcony you can see very rich neighborhoods and very poor neighborhoods. On Wednesday afternoon it didn't matter which was which- the whole city was celebrating the win!

I can't wait for next year's World Cup!


JenniferReinsch said...

i'm sorry to hear you are sick. food poisoning sounds pretty icky regardless of what country you are in.

Anonymous said...

Food poisoning stinks! Sorry you had to go through that. I will say I am impressed with how quickly you are "adopting" your new culture-the many "we"s in your entry are funny for a fellow American to read knowing that you are not from Brazil. It sounds like you are really acclamting yourself well in the culture though.

Valerie said...

Thanks for the sympathy, guys! I'm feeling much better today, though tonight we're headed to a restaurant with traditional food from Bahia- full of palm oil and peppers. I might eat the rice.

Ginger- we've been rooting for Brazil since long before we arrived. Guess it's from hanging around Basil too much! :)

Vincent Massey UNESCO said...

Val--that palm oil gives me trouble every time! I was sick myself a couple of months ago after attending a West African funeral reception where everything was drenched, fried, baked, etc. in palm oil. I knew I'd be sick because it happens every time, but couldn't refuse.


Ginger said...

Val and Russ,
Wanted to wish you a happy 4th of July. I know what it feels like to spend the fourth in another country. Keep up the great work you are doing!