25.12.2012 30 °C
First of all, Merry Christmas and Feliz Natal to all of our friends and family wherever you are, we wish you the best for the season and hope everyone is happy and healthy.
If you followed our blog and our adventures last year as we went around the world then you are probably pretty disappointed with our efforts this time around. Unlike last years trip that included many exciting new locations, we are pretty much at the end of the world on a little strip of sand and not moving around much. We definitely aren't complaining as the kitesurfing is excellent and we are having a blast with that, but it is true that you can get too much of a good thing.
The neighbourhood here includes 5 small guesthouses that cater to kiters and 6 restaurants (only 3 of which know how to cook.) Our evenings usually have us heading to the guest house run by a nice old italian couple, we stop by in the afternoon to place an order and tell them how many people we are bringing. It is like coming over to their house for dinner, we arrive at 7 for drinks and they putter around with some appetizers before serving dinner at 7:30. The feasts they create are always different and delicious.
Another spot we enjoy is the shack at the end of the street that only serves whole fish, shrimp or lobster. It's run by a funny little local guy that always welcomes us with a big smile and drags us straight into the kitchen to show us what is freshest so we can choose. It also alleviates the language barrier which we are working our way around as time goes by. The other day we had 12 lobsters with rice and salad as well as non stop caipirinhas and our bill was ridiculously small. The only tough thing about this spot is figuring out his hours, he is definitely open weekends for lunch as that is when his friends come by, but week day lunches are hit or miss and dinner is a long shot as most days the kitchen is too drunk to last that long.
For Christmas we are definitely feasting non-stop. Last night our guesthouse managed to find a turkey and mixed a little bit of home with some Brazilian dishes to make a brilliant meal. The cachaca was flowing after dinner making for a lot of laughs and good times with new friends. Today the tide was low in the morning so instead of kiting we went for a buggy ride to explore the area here and meet a local family that happened to be preparing their Christmas bird. I think it was a chicken...or a duck...or a goose...all three were running around the backyard so your guess is as good as mine.
This afternoon we will be out on the water and then tonight we will feast again. Our Dutch friend Neils and his Brazilian wife are doing a big bbq on the beach. Neils owns the other restaurant in town that we eat at regularly so we know it will be good!
Hope everyone is having as good a day as we are, enjoy your holidays!