We’ve now been in Brasil for a year. As was to be expected it has been a challenging but rewarding time. We arrived to find our house half eaten by cupim, the roof leaking badly, the water tower about to collapse, much of the land badly overgrown and then faced endless beaurocracy whilst trying to sort things out.
However we have risen to all the challenges thrown at us and amongst other things built 5 chalets, 2 fossa’s, a water tower, a swimming pool, endless walls and fences, re-roofed the house, replaced cupim riddled house walls and windows, built paths, opened an English school, become part of the community and rescued Luna (our dog).
We’ve had the opportunity to learn a lot of new skills including: how to manage the forest, how to handle snakes, endless building skills, gambiarra, how to open an English school, the children have both become fluent in Portuguese, how not to get too frustrated with how long it takes to get anything done, how to live with frequent and long power cuts and how to really enjoy a much simpler and more basic lifestyle.
Our English school in Morretes opened this week and our Pousada – Pousada Serra Verde
will be opening at the end of this month.
So we are pleased with our progress thus far and are really looking forward to year 2!!!