By the time this post goes up I will be landing in Brazil and heading to my uncle's house in Rio. It's been eight years since I've been to Rio de Janeiro and I am overflowing with excitement and a little tiny toy-teaspoon of anxiety.
I have no idea what to expect during this trip. Eight years is a very long time to not see aunties, uncles, dozens of cousins and family friends. So much has changed. All of my cousins who are my age are now married with kids; my grandfather has passed away since our last visit, so this will be my first time going and not seeing him (my heart hurts thinking about that); and my grandmother has Alzheimer's, and although she asks for me I'm not sure if she'll recognize me. In addition, let's not talk about the protests, the Pope visiting, and World Youth Day all happening while we're there.
But again that's just my teaspoon of anxiety. I'm way more excited about seeing my family, and being smothered in kisses and stuffed with food. For the last two months my mouth has been watering thinking about the dishes I've been putting in my special requests for like bife acebolado (beef smothered in onions), pastel de carne (a fried pastry filled with beef), and my aunt's version of feijoada (black bean stew).
I love market shopping so I'm looking forward to my mother taking me to the markets she loved going to as a young woman. Spending time with her is the thing I am most thrilled about. This will be the first visit since I was four where just the two of us are traveling together. Being with her, in her element, without the interruption of work and other responsibilities will be wonderful.
While I'm there I will also be attending a Brazilian bloggers meet-up where I'll be having a brief discussion about natural hair in the US (eek!!). Then later, we'll be visiting a part of Brazil I have never been to, Recife, which is a city on the beach (like our Miami) in the north of the country.
I really hope I will be able to share my journey with you. I'm not sure what my Internet connection will be like but will try to post here at least once a week from Brazil, and share pics on Instagram for sure.
Please continue to visit Fly, as I have regular posts scheduled.
Are you from another country or have family in another country and haven't been or seen them in a while? When are you going back? How do you stay in touch? What do you miss most?