Celebrating a Year

January 10, 2014

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1.10b.15Sometimes even with all the signs pointing to “yes,” the answer is still “no”. Today we realize my long-held dream to go to a samba school to hear a rehearsal of the school group for Carnavale. Our housemates have been to this school and recommended it. I spend a long time figuring out how to get us there safely, as it is far north of my usual stomping grounds. I am so looking forward to the band, the stage with the little old ladies singing harmony and the cavaquinho player in front singing the funny samba songs and telling long stories that we won’t understand (as seen by our housemates earlier in the year). We arrive early, to be there before dark, and sit outside the venue at a table, drinking a beer, little thinking this would be the best part of the night. Sigh. At right is a pic of two of the beija-flors (humming birds) who we were never to see in action. This photo is taken right after we pay the high admission (I 1.10a.15find out later it was free when our housemates went), and before we find out we still have to pay for a table to sit down. Clearly they are trying to cover the Carnavale bills, and as you can see from the photo to the left, they do, with a packed hall. Yes, there is briefly a cavaquinho singer as a warm-up act, but then it is a 2+-hour rap show. Yes, really. Pink-hooded rappers and percussionists. Just before 1:00 AM, as we are leaving, the baterie (percussion section) appears– they are on the balcony to the left. But we are on our way out. Our luck reappears briefly and we get a taxi quickly for a safe ride home. Ya pays your money, ya takes your chances.

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January 14, 2015 at 4:31 pm

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  1. A pink-hooded rappers…oh my…I certainly hope you got some good photos to show your students. :-)


    January 14, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    • Yes. ‘Twas truly a surreal experience that took way too much effort, money, and time. Ah, well…


      February 13, 2015 at 10:31 pm

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