Saudades

November 20, 2009

Brazilians have a term in Portuguese–Saudades.  It doesn’t really have an English translation, but it’s somewhere between longing and missing and fondness for something.  I’m excited to move to Sao Paulo, to be near the family, throw myself into my roof gardens project, and make a lot of friends.  That said, I’m going to have serious saudades for Rio.  On days like today, that are clear and hot, it’s amazing to walk to get an açaí and feel the breeze coming off the ocean.  I never thought I would be one of these people that would like living in places like Miami, but there’s something to be said for being able to wear flip flops everywhere.

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