Saturday, June 17, 2006

Adieu Brasil

Sorry for being MIA this week. Kashif came into town last Saturday and I spent the rest of the week getting ready for my exam and showing Kashif the city I briefly called my home.

Tonight is my last night in Brazil and i write from a charming pausada two hours north of Rio in the city of Buzios where we reached Friday evening. I can´t believe tonight is my last night in Brasil and I am equally surprised at the mixture of emotions. I know that this trip is one that has changed me. Its shown me perspective and insights I was not necessarily searching for but found me anyhow. Though it seems as though i really do work undercover for the department of Tourism for Brasil I would temper it with that my eyes are wide open to the not so rosy parts. I just want to wait to paint the entire picture when I return.

I am sorry for the lack of postcards and infrequent updates during my time here. Things were much busier than I could possibly have imagined and the internet not quite as accessible as i thought. As for the blogging I have been keeping a journal and when I return I am eager to start up loading pictures and excerpts from my journal for anyone interested in reading it. Many things Ive been waiting to share but watnted reliable internet to sit down and do so.

So dearest Brasil, tomorrow at 10pm I board a flight and leave you. You are not perfect yet despite your flaws I love you just the same. I will miss your stunning natural beauty, delicious coffee, and warm kind people. I hope one day life gives me an opportunity to see you again. It was an experience I will not soon forget.


mystic-soul said...

Somehow it remind me of Jibran's prophet, when Almustafa left the city of Orphalese:

"...But as he descended the hill, a sadness came upon him, and he thought in his heart: How shall I go in peace and without sorrow? Nay, not without a wound in the spirit shall I leave this city......Too many fragments of the spirit have I scattered in these streets..,...Nor is it a thought I leave behind me, but a heart made sweet with hunger and with thirst..."

Welcome back.

Enyur said...

Wow! Time went by pretty fast didn't it?? Well, welcome back! And I'd love to see the pics you post! Have a safe flight!

momyblogR said...

I've completely enjoyed your time in Brazil and look forward to hearing EVERYTHING!

You make me feel almost sad about your departure. Like you are saying goodbye to an old freind you've just met and have gotten to know. But it's the quality not quantity, right?

So glad you were able to spend some time with your Hubby in such a beautiful place.

Be safe coming home.


mezba said...

Looking forward to see your pics.

Huda said...

It will be good to have you home! :-)

wayfarer said...

Have a great trip home. Can't wait to hear more about your trip. Let's do lunch after you get back. :-)

pixie said...

Can't wait to hear more about your trip!

Muslim Mama said...

You know I thought u were there on a longer trip. I was wondering how will she manage,missing hubby and familiar turf and stuff? Great u r back!!

Baji said...

Have a safe trip. I can't wait to hear more about dear Brazil.

Aisha said...

Hey all!! :) Thanks for the warm well wishes.

Muslim Mama it was only a month long program. Kashif came for the last nine days alhamdullilah. You know besides family, you get used to the things that are familiar in the US as things abroad grow more familiar. Particularly I think I lived in a wealthy area in Brasil so the differences were still there but you learn to adapt.

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