Celebrating a Year

September 27, 2013

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9.27a.13Today is transition day– I’m checking out of the hotel and going to stay at Romulo-+Cecilia’s for the rest of my visit. I pack my things, meet the UFRJ guy at the desk (apparently the bank is still on strike), sign all the forms, he pays the room, I leave my bags at the desk and go to meet Fernando and Bia for coffee. We chat, talk about his research, stroll in the park, visit the Edson exhibit again, then have lunch, another coffee in the park. They are fun and funny to hang with and I am feeling quite carefree, taking goofy pictures, relaxing. They walk me back 9.27b.13to the hotel and go. I run up to the mezzanine to use the ladies room and suddenly realize that I don’t have my purse. And just this morning I put all my travel documents in it for “safe-keeping”. My panic is absolute. And because I want to spare you the stress I will tell you that all ends well. But i spend the next half hour cursing my lack of vigilance, racing back to the cafe to check with the ladies there to no avail, resigning myself to spending the rest of my stay sorting this out so I can leave, wondering if I can get a new bank card, panicking about how I will get an official replacement passport in time to go to France for my son’s wedding. I race right past Romulo waiting for me outside the hotel, explain to him, we go inside to ask at the desk and there it is, sitting on the shelf behind the front desk. What relief. We stroll more slowly back to the 9.27c.13cafe to show the helpful ladies the happy ending, get my things and take a taxi to R’s new place. They have completely gutted and renovated this apartment and are almost done and it looks wonderful. We drop my things, drink a beer, go out to buy groceries, Cecilia gets home, we order Thai take-out, and settle in to watch a Moacir Santos concert video, Ouro Negro. His music is so amazing– here’s a link to a YouTube video from the DVD. So the day has a happy ending, but the cautionary tale remains, and I will keep vigilance on my shoulder from now on when not in the safety of a friend’s home.

Written by mairmusic

September 30, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Posted in Rio, September

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  1. You were quite lucky with your purse incident…I can only imagine the panic of losing so many important documents.


    September 30, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    • Yes, the angel of inattention must have been looking out for me.


      October 2, 2013 at 3:03 pm

  2. Phew! What a close call. Thank goodness for honest folks who return things, eh?

    “Ouro Negro” has no sound, but there are several videos so I will go in search of one I can hear. Hope it’s not my computer.

    Jamie Dedes

    October 4, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    • yes, a big relief. I’ll check the link, but you can just search YouTube for Moacir Santos “Coisas”.


      October 5, 2013 at 9:48 am

      • It works now. It was my computer. I had to reset my browser to get it work. Thanks! Enjoyed and appreciate the introduction. Have learned new things from you about music and found new-to-me music… Thank you!

        Jamie Dedes

        October 5, 2013 at 10:13 am

      • Moacir is actually new to me too, thanks to my friend Romulo.


        October 5, 2013 at 12:20 pm

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