Thursday, 3 January 2008

And finally.....

Anas Grandfathers beautiful garden.

Our last evening in Brasil was New Years Eve.  And seeing the fireworks on Copacabana was going to be one of the highlights of our stay.  I wish I could show you pictures of it but Im afraid I wasnt there - I didnt make it.  This was when I finally discovered my limits.

On several occasions during our holiday I had felt pretty exhausted, well it was only a couple of weeks earlier that I had been completely bed bound so I guess its not surprising.  The heat didnt help either - in the 40s during the day and not dropping below 30 at night.  My feet, ankles and hands were swelling up alarmingly by the end of each day and a number of times I really didnt feel well at all.  This came to a head on New Years Eve.  The area around the beaches is closed to all traffic so the only way to get there was on the tube.  This was packed, crammed with people going to Copacabana, and SO hot.  I was crushed in a corner behind Martin and after about 30 minutes I fainted.  There wasnt enough room to fall so I was just slumped against his back.  I came around after a few minutes but felt so ill that when we got off the tube the only thing I could do was get in a taxi with Martin and go straight back to Matts place.  The others carried on to the beach so they saw the fireworks, but poor Martin missed them - and apparently they were fantastic.  So that was that.  It couldnt be helped and maybe I had been overly optimistic thinking I could cope but it was very disappointing.  Being alone with Martin as the clock chimed 12 was very emotional.  There have been many times in the past year when I didnt think Id see 2008 and we just held each other and cried.  So I guess missing the fireworks wasnt that disappointing after all.  Im still here, and thats the important thing.

My final thoughts on Brasil?  South America is a continent that marches to the beat of an entirely different drum and it takes a while to understand this.  Nothing works the same as it does here.  Especially the airlines.  We had 4 flights cancelled, were delayed and finally re-routed via Paris on our way home.  And Catherines suitcase was lost and still hasnt turned up.  The poverty is dreadful, you cant trust the police and driving is a nightmare.  Everywhere you go there are bars on the windows and you have to be looking over your shoulder every time you go out.

But the people we met were so friendly and hospitable, the food was fantastic - the best meat in the world (dont go if you are a vegetarian, you will starve!) It was the most exciting, exhilerating, at times terrifying, different place Ive ever been - and yes, YES, I want to go back !!

Catherine, Edward, Anas Dad, Ana, Luke and Matt on Christmas Eve.


jeadie05 said...

I am sorry you missed the fireworks ,but really it was nice to spend the time with Martin,sorry it caught up with you I hope you are feeling better now Jan xx

pharmolo said...

You did quite well, all things considered. Pity about the fireworks, but you were out there and that's all that matters.

Happy New Year!


jeanno43 said...

I found your journal through Guido (Pharmolo). Sorry you had to miss the fireworks but it is marvellous what you have achieved after being bed bound so recently and you welcomed the New Year in a beautiful way.

carolelainedodd said...

Came from Guido's journal.  It looks a fantastic place.  I think I would have fainted on that tube.  Sorry to hear you missed the fireworks, but it sounds like you made your own. :)
Take care

cayasm said...

After such a terrible year it fantastic to see your holiday in Brasil, despite the dangers that it presents, what a great place the pictures are great, I would be in my element on the beach with shops comming to me lol. Sorry to hear you missed the firework display , however I think that spending that moment with the one you love is even better,
Good luck for the New Year.


specialadyfink said...

Here by way of Guido,also.You made such marvelous memories.
Saw things alot of us never will.Have photos to cherish-If only you could have felt well enough to enjoy it to the fullest.
I will light a candle for you and pray.

preciousone25 said...

Glad you enjoyed your trip even if you had to miss the fireworks.  I hope you are feeling better.  I'm sorry for all you're going through, my prayers are with you.


funnyface0s0 said...

It seems you had a fab holiday all things considered - these new memories will get you thru your next lot of IL2 - keep going girlie.
Luv Jaynee x

faircolleen said...

Im sorry that you missed the fireworks. But Martin will have been nowwhere else than with you.