What is a person to do when new girlfriends invite her along to a day in Buzios?
A person is to JUMP on the chance. No waiting, no thinking, no questions asked.
That’s how I ended up hopping the bus with Katja and Otti yesterday bright and early in the morning.
I’m so excited to find Katja living in our town! Our little expat community of two (me and B) has grown by one. We are quite an inclusive little group, with a representative from Scotland, the US and now Switzerland. Go us!
She actually found me, thanks to the miracle of social media (blogging and Facebook). We met in person a few days ago and I love her!
So, back to the bus. Did you know there is no ‘bus schedule’ here? There must be one somewhere, but it doesn’t seem to be available to the public, so we kind of just wing it. The first thing we found out yesterday was that there is only one bus per hour from Unimar to Buzios. Guess which bus we missed by five minutes? No matter, the beach was still there when we arrived two hours and three buses later.
And, really, with a beach like that at the end of your ride, who can complain about unreliable schedules? Not me. I can’t tell you how nice it was to cool off in that beautiful water! The day was hot, the bus rides were long, and the water was perfect.
And the sand was burning!
You would stand in the shady spots too.
Three hours lazing around in the sand and water with two really fun and interesting women was a good way to spend the day. That was just for starters too! We were nowhere near finished with Buzios.
There was much shopping, much laughing, a bit of coffee and some lime juice. There was more shopping, more laughing and a million bikinis and sandals to try on.
Later in the afternoon we finally gave in to the rumblings in our bellies and walked past all the other tourists along the beach.
Katja took us to a tiny little hole-in-the wall restaurant that served us the most delicious calamari and mussels. I wish I could go back again today just to have more. Yum.
Scenery, food, conversation, a couple of beers. Can’t beat that.
We walked back to Rua das Pedras while we watched a pretty amazing sunset.
Those fishermen are statues. I love all the statues sprinkled through the town.
We still had a good two hours of shopping left to do before heading home. I think we all wore out our feet, but it was well worth it.
Otti is here in Brazil only for vacation, and I’m so glad I got to meet her. The whole day was a swirl of Italian, English and Portuguese and it all flowed so well into a really, really good time. We hope she’s coming back soon, and I think we gave her some really good reasons to return!
For the first time I got home later than B. He worried about me, especially during the bus ride home in the dark, and he waited up for me until I got home. I came in the door after ten pm covered in sand, slightly sunburnt and smiling while jabbering about my day.