I could live in Rio. If only I spoke Portuguese. The language barrier has taken a little getting used to here in Brazil. We've been spoiled and lazy in India for the past three months, where most people speak enough English.
Now we're back to pointing and grunting. I bought a Portuguese phrase book, but every time I think to try out one of my new phrases, I freeze up. I usually just smile and point.
We're in Ipanema. I guess it's the classy part of town. I know it's summer here, but there are about ten thousand people on the beaches in the middle of the week. It's packed. It looks like a city of large sun umbrellas. I guess maybe these people all work at night. Otherwise, I can't figure out how there could be so many people (all young, fit, and seemingly career-oriented) on the sand.
Everybody seems to work out here. And the men all shave their chests. It's a little weird.
It's also very expensive. At least compared to Indian standards, which we're used to. The bar bill the other night was equal to a four night stay in beach shack in Goa.
I woke up with a pinched nerve in my neck, so I was laid up for about two days. It was a shame, but at least we had a couch and cable TV. Though the selection on these channels is always strange. Of the English speaking ones, I had two movie channels, and a third devoted entirely to the show, "Smallville." I just couldn't get into it. I'd like to meet the head of programing at the Universal Channel and ask him or her some pretty direct questions like, "Deep Blue Sea? Come on, man. I can't move my neck here!"
At one point I had the choice between two dog-based films. In one of them, the dogs talked with the voices of some pretty big name talent. Toby McGuire, Alec Baldwn, and I believe Susan Sarandon in a bid to save the dog world for evil cats or something. The other dog movie rehashed the old "dog as cop" premise. No, not "K-9" staring Jim Belushi, but another one with a younger guy and a shaggier dog. I spent most of my time with the first dog movie.
Then "Star Wars: Episode 3" came on and all was forgiven.