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Monday, January 26, 2009

"blinded by the light"

GringoGene (http://expatbrazil.wordpress.com/) has made several comments to me about how ‘dark and dreary Nova Friburgo’ is. Well it is. I have no argument there. The summer, or the rainy season and its days upon days of clouds and fog and monsoon like downpours can bring your spirits down – that is for sure. BUT! when you wake up one morning and the sun IS shining, the air is clear and bright (the birds are squawking in the attic), the sunlight is the most glorious site you can see. Course if you've driven up here for a 3 or 4 day weekend to escape Rio’s heat and noise and you have to spend all the whole time in the pousada (B&B), watching the TV’s farmer’s channel because cable TV (local basic channels only) is the only thing working – No cell phone service in these mountains and Internet service is down after most heavy rains – IF you are lucky the electricity will stay on so you can relax and watch TV or play cards with your kids or 'whatever'. If you live up here, though, you know that if you can hold out for the inevitable you will end up with 2 or 3 hours or maybe even a day of being ‘blinded by the light’

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