So, next day I was going to the beach with Nery and Lucas, but there was something about that they didn’t have the rail to have the surfboards in the top of the car so they had to put them inside instead, so there was no place. So instead I biked to the beach, which was another one, “Barra Da Lagoa”… And damn it was hard!! Haha. Didn’t look that far away on the map, but it was 5 km over “mountains” so there was so much uphill, I was so sweaty when I arrived. But I passed by some beautiful places along the way! So it was worth it :)
The village there close to Barra da lagoa was so sweet, a really beach-village. They had another lagoon too and the sun was shining. On the beach they had some event with tents and stuff.
I met Fernando too, one of Nerys best friends. We were on the beach a little while and then went to one of their friends houses there in the beach, apparently they rent out rooms there, and it was adorable, and just by the beach!! The house was amazing… and later Nery tells me that that guy (Gabriel) only was 16 years old!! I was like… wooooot? Haha. When did the kids grow up?? He is born in…. 1997!! I mean.. how is it even possible that someone born that year can walk and talk like an adult? Haha. Sorry! Just feels like I’m so old now, haha.
Since I had surfclass at 15 I took the bike from there to praia Joaquina, another 5 sweaty kilometers. I had something to eat on the beach before heading to the class. It costed 70 reails, which I thought was quite ok since it’s almost the same price as I paid in Mexico and Peru, buuuut, then we were like 12 people on ONE instructor!! I had almost private in Peru and Mexico, like 5 students on 3 instructors, or only me… so this was different. Still nice to be on the board but the waves were a little uneven. I got to know to Argentinian guys there and I hanged out with them and their friends, a mix of Argentinian, Colombian and Spanish people, they had all studied together in Madrid a couple of years ago and now two had got married and were on their honeymoon there! : ) Nice gang.
At night we were going out to a big home party but the plans changed so instead we went over to our neighbors, the Spanish guy from yesterday, Carlos, and his boyfriend André. At first it was only us plus an older lady who is visiting them, Lolita, whose parents also are Spanish, but she is born in Brazil. But then people just keep dropping in, so we were like a total of 15 people or something. Love that Lagoa is so small and people live so close by so they just come by and say hello! Also that everyone is so damn welcoming. For me, it looked like everyone knew each other since forever, but apparently some of them didn’t know each other at all. Haha. :)
It’s funny, almost everyone speaks Spanish but in the group they all spoke Portuguese. At first I had a hard time understanding and I got quite tired in my head of trying to listen and understand everything, but in the end I started to get a little bit more hang of it, also because in the end it was only Gabriel, Nery, Lolita, Andre, a sleeping Carlos and me.. and it’s funny because they are all from different cities and they all have different kind of works.. so the conversations are very interesting! Still tired in the head though. But it was a perfect night for me, just sitting in sofas talking about everything! And everyone is soo so soo so nice. If I were to live here, I really would like to have them as friends. My kind of people. :)
Next day Nery took me out for a walk around Lagoa. We went up to the church and passed by some nice graffiti walls. They have special walls where you can do nice graffiti. ;) Nery made me try his favorite fruit Pitanga that grows wildly in the trees here, and it was really good! A mix of sour and sweet. We talked about the differences in our countries, about whats important in life, about education, fears etc. He is such a great guy with good thoughts .)
Then we went home and I met his landlord Claudette who has a brain tumor, the doctor had given her like a thousand of different pills and year to live but she cured herself with own natural medication. Very interesting story! Also she collects money for her cause, so sleeping there costs 10 reails per night. She gave us some flowers and leaves from her trees in the garden to have in our salad, hehe. And nery did a very good mushroom risotto!
In the evening I met up with Miguel and Leonor which is the very sweet portuguese couple I met in Iguazu. Since it was Sunday there were a lot of people out walking, and lot of handcrafts markets.
We went to the supermarket and bought some beers and snacks, where I ran into Lolita and her daughter, so we invited them to join us to a calm green place just besides the lagoa, where we kept having nice talks until it got dark. Lolita and her daughter had to leave and Nery went home to sleep since he wakes up 6 to do yoga.
Me, Miguel and Leonor went to the supermarket and bought some sauce and pasta and then went to their place to cook dinner, which is like 500 meters from ours. They live in a lovely little villa, and in that area there are like 5 more villas. Great hang out. We made pasta with broccoli and cheese sauce, turned out great! They are truly sweet sweet couple. They are 22-23 years old and have been together for 6 years! And are both studying here now for a year. :) I’m so jealous of them! Haha.
The day after I went around in the neighbourhood San Antonio and Smabaqui which is on the other side of the island where Nery works. I walked around for a few hours and it was nice, but I like lagoa more :) But also the weather wasn’t great. On my way back I got on the wrong bus (the opposite direction) and took a whole turn around the island. Free sightseeing. ;)
Everything is perfect here except that it’s very unreliable weather. I had like 2 days of sunshine and 2 days with a mix of clouds rain and sun. Not cold here now though, but it is in, like 5-10 degrees, and in the state it even snows a few days a year.
I spent my last night at Carlos and Andrés house again, they invited us over for dinner. Yet another lovely evening talking about everything. Lolita also came by later. We started the evening speaking spanish but ended with speaking portuguese, which I almost understand now, at least I get what the conversations is about haha. :)
I know I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much if it hadn’t been for my host Nery who introduced me to so much nice people :)
So yes, I’m sad to leave Florianopolis. I also love that you hear birds singing everywhere. And that it’s safe here, almost like in the Galapagos. :) Not looking that much forward to Fortaleza… haha.