Friday, February 16, 2007

Meet Marilia

The short woman in the front is my friend Marilia. Marilia was born in Rio but lived 8 years in Boston in the United States. She loves the US and loves to meet Americans. In this photo she is seen with 4 Americans whom she escorted around Rio. She encouraged them to relax and enjoy the city. She took them to the Northeast fair that is open 24 hours per day and to local bars where few tourists go. She took them to the favela known as Rio das Pedras. The Americans had a good time dancing all night in the little community.
Marilia says hello from Rio.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Meet Domingos

Hello, my name is Domingos.
Today I'm having an English lesson. I came to know some web sites. This site has simple English articles about American history, culture and politics. I was able to hear and read the stories. The speakers spoke clearly and slowly.
http:// When I go to study English in Santa Cruz I will go to the Masonic meetings and meet Mason brothers. I will take my masonic passport to California.
I am grateful to God that I have met Mr Blake, Mr Abel and his wife.
I ask God to bless them every day and all their lives.
Goodbye from

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Meet the Sunrise

We dedicate this photo series to the people who are still sleeping.

While you sleep this morning we are drinking coffee and reading our neighbor's newspaper.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Meet the Boys

These twin boys were born on December 19, 2006. Gabriele has bright blue eyes and golden blonde hair. Raffele has deep brown eyes and dark brown hair. They have Italian names and were named after the archangels.

They both listen very carefully to the sound of the waves. They are curious about the different languages spoken in their home. They blink their eyes and turn their attention to my face when I speak English. I believe they notice the different sounds coming from me.

kisses from Brazil

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Meet more of Raquel!

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Raquel likes to act funny!

Raquel Again!

This is another photo of Raquel. It shows her spirit.
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Meet Raquel

Raquel is 28 years old. She was born in Brazil and has dual nationality. Because her father, Abel, is a dual Brazilian-Portuguese national Raquel also is Brazilian-Portuguese. She studied history and communications at PUC here in Rio. She is now living and studying film making in Barcelona, Spain.

In this photo we are about to eat Balcalhau that was prepared by Abel. He learned this delicious recipe from his mother. Raquel loves her father's cooking.

Balcalhau Maria

1/2 kilo of prepared dried balcalhau (soaked for 24 hours) separate the fish from the bones or place large pieces with bones in a heavy bottomed pan with the following:

2 green bell peppers cut into large pieces

2 large onions cut into large pieces

3 large tomatoes cut into large pieces

4 large potatoes cut into large pieces

1/2 cup of olive oil

Bake in a 350degree oven until everything is tender.

Monday, February 5, 2007

Meet Ewerton

This is a photo of one of my students. His name is Ewerton and he is 16 years old. He is the son of Luzia, our housekeeper. He has summer vacation now because Brazil is located in the southern hemisphere and the seasons are opposite to the United States. Ewerton is a good English student. He studys hard and he has good pronunciation.
Ewerton says hello from Brazil.

Sunday, February 4, 2007

meet the teacher2

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Meet the teacher

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Carnaval starts Early in Rio de Janeiro

Brazilians just can't wait. Every year the parties and street gatherings begin earlier and earlier. We were just down near the beach and I took these photos. The bloco "Me Esquece" had just finished their parade.

The beer sellers follow the people who are dancing to the music.

It was 5:30pm and the Brazilians are still lying on the beach

and buying beer.

Kisses and hugs from Rio

Abel at the Helm

Abel is my husband. He is a Harbor Pilot for Guanabara Bay. He went to merchant marine school when he was 17 years old. He worked very hard and traveled as a first deck officer all over the world. At age 25 he took the pilot's exam in Rio de Janeiro and passed to become the youngest pilot Rio had ever seen.

He was born in Porto, Portugal and came to Brazil when he was 6 years old. His family settled in the neighborhood of Tijuca. Televison was not available in his home so he read books and played soccer for entertainment. Books are one of his greatest pleasures.

Abel loves his friends and has many friends from his childhood. I will post pictures of his friends later.

kisses from Brazil