Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
Last week I proudly posted pictures of the Hortensia in Condominium Stucky - now we have just returned from a Christmas trip to Gramado, just north of Porto Alegre in Brazil. The Hortensia grow wild there. They are planted and then just left on their own to spread up and down the hills. They run along the roads for miles and miles. I know there are supposed to be over 80 varieties, but I only have seen those common in the Friburgo area. In Gramado, I saw the more common blue, plus purple, pink, and almost pure white. also a different variety dark blue in the middle with light blue petals outside. Enjoy.
A ride on Maria Fumaça was not in the plan - but thank goodness Paulo enjoys impromptu activities because this is too great to miss. While Lenira and I ate breakfast, the guys hustled up four last minute tickets and we started our day. One thing you have to appreciate about Brazilians is their ever-ready ability to have fun. This group started at 9:00 am with a taste of wine (not me - not before noon... too American) and a dance or two on the platform, then loaded up, waving and cheering and blowing mock whistles (this I did - remember when the trains passed by when you were a kid? Woo Woo!)