31.12.2012 30 °C
It's the last day of 2012 and as I watch the sun come up over the palm trees for the last day of our trip to Brasil, I have to look back and think that it was another great year for us. We were blessed with continued good health and incredible opportunities to travel a lot of miles to have some amazing experiences catching up with old friends and meeting new. Our goal for 2012 was to find a new place to call home and unfortunately we came up a little bit short so far, so our travels will have to continue. Let me tell you about our last few days.
Ilha do Guajiru was fun, but got a little bit small. The idiosyncrasies that were initially novel became a bit annoying after 3 weeks so we made some last minute plans to make sure we ended our trip on a high note. Our last day there was an amazing session on the water and we managed to ride into the evening as even though the sun had set, the nearly full moon lit up the whole bay. The photo doesn't do it justice at all, it was magic.
On the morning of the 28th, we hijacked a taxi, kidnapped our new friend Ike from Montreal and set out on one last road trip adventure. The centre for amazing kiters and excellent beach parties in the area is a village called Cumbuco and it was in the general direction of the airport, so it just made sense that we stopped for a few nights. We booked a guest house online and the taxi got us there in a little under three hours. We are at the tail end of the windy season here but we weren't upset when the conditions were less than ideal, it gave us a day to clean up and pack our gear. Then we went in search of food and drink!
Cumbuco is a funny little town that is a mix of international kiters and brazilian tourists, but everyone is ready to party for New Years Eve. Our first night in town, (famous DJ) Bob Sinclair was throwing an all night bash right next to our pousada. We were late to buy tickets, but from our third floor balcony we had our own little VIP section for the show. We have sniffed out some great restaurants, had an amazing buggy ride through the sand dunes and caught up with a friend from last years trip, Nanette. She was kiting in Mui Ne, Vietnam when we were there and she is still following the wind around the world, great to see her!
This will be the last update for a few days; we get on a plane at 5pm today, will be in the air for midnight and we arrive at JFK at 6am tomorrow morning. We aren't worried about that as we have brunch plans to toast the new year in New York with great friends. Stay tuned as our search for a new home continues on January 9th when we will arrive on Ambergris Caye in Belize.