I'm in Brazil! I forgot how incredible it is to be on this continent. Different manners, different trees, different ways people clump together outside their juice bars.
My last days in Boston were a *wild* ride. If anyone could have convinced me that I had so much stuff, I would have started packing a lot earlier. But I'm now the proud owner of a 10x5x8 storage space, filled to bursting; my turtle has a new home; and U-Haul is a little richer.
The Brazilians have a word saudade, which is central to the Brazilian soul, and has no English translation. Saudade is the feeling when someone is away, lost, or unattainable, or when a event you tried to hold on to has slipped into the past, but mixed with the longing and melancholy is a kind of happiness and cherishing, because when you feel saudade, the people and moments are with you in memory.
It is with saudade that I write now. You've all had a huge impact on my life, and I'm carrying you all with me. Thank you-- I hope to hear about your own adventures, and that our paths cross again. I know its not as good as getting a personal note, but I need to say it.
I'm going into radio silence now for a week or so. My last blogging projects were for the internet masses from the beginning, so this time I'm going to spend a while just writing for myself. But if you want to know how it's going, just send me an email.