Welcome back everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday, whichever you celebrate, and a Happy New Year! Here in Brazil Christmas isn’t so different than it is in Canada, so I won’t spend much time explaining that. It’s basically the same as the typical French Canadian celebration: big family gathering and dinner on Christmas Eve, presents at midnight, and more eating on Christmas day.
New Year’s Eve, on the other hand, is a bit different. There are still the usual fireworks and big parties in major cities and countdowns to the new year (although without Dick Clark and the giant ball drop),but since it’s summer, many people go to the beach to celebrate. And everyone keeps asking, “Why didn’t you go to the beach, Jill?” Well, first of all, take a look at the picture at the top of this post. There are so many people on the beach that you can’t even see the sand! Doesn’t look like much fun to me. So you might say, “But Jill, you’re in Brazil! Just go in the water, it’ll be fine!” In actuality, it ended up being rainy and windy on New Year’s Eve (and humid, as always), so all those people in Guarujá are nuts. And remember, this is salt water we’re talking about, because these beaches are off the south east coast of the country, so you don’t exactly feel clean and refreshed when you get out of the water. And with so many people overpopulating the beaches, that means there’s no running water left to shower when you get back to where you’re staying (if you’re from the city, it’ll take you a couple hours to get to the beach, without traffic). Anyone want to go to the beach now? Didn’t think so. I’ll venture out there when the sun is shining and the water is running. (Definitely not on New Year’s Eve.)