|pão do queijo|
|bolo de milho|
Besides giving ballet classes at Cenarte, Bia gives classes from home. Her father built her a ballet studio in the house! Their front room is decked out with mirrors and bars. It's a really neat set up! Great way for her to bring in some income. Luckily, none of her students could make it that night, so we strolled around her neighborhood a bit. I tasted my first pamonha there too. It's sort of like a tamale? I had mine sweet though, which was good, if very rich.
|outside of her house|
A lot of her family lives in town very close to her, so that night it was kind of like a big party. One of Bia's older sisters was there with her young children, an older brother, Bia's boyfriend, a cousin... What was neat about this experience was that no one spoke English! It was 100% Portuguese unless someone wanted to know how to say something in English. It was great. I feel like I understood the majority of what was being said, and I conversed on a lot of tough subjects. They are such a nice family. They were really genuinely interested in me, where I come from, how I see the world, where I've been, etc, even Bia's nephews who couldn't have been over 11! We all hung out and talked until about 11:30 that night.
|sunset from their front door|
It was a really good week. My boss Adriana told me that I can take dance classes through the company for free! They even have voice lessons. I'm not sure what to take. I'm thinking ballet, even if it's just once a week. a/Tomorrow is another feriado, Corpus Cristi, so I don't have class Thursday or Friday. I really need to look up the schedule of Brazilian holidays so I can plan a trip in advance!