I’m Sorry, I Don’t Speak Portuguese!Posted by admin
It is a funny thing when you sit down at a restaurant and the waiter or waitress starts talking to you only to find you staring back with a blank look. We huddle and ponder what was said. Usually it was just “How are you” and “What can I get you to drink?” However, the best part is that when they realize you don’t speak their language they continue speaking but with indiscernible hand gestures. Even going out to eat is an adventure!
Don’t get me wrong, Brazil has been greatand the language barrieris nothing new to us. We have in fact mastered the art of restaurant going whilst managing most language barriers. More and more of our crew has arrived as each day has passed. We have now reached our full staff and athlete numbers. This is just a reminder of how close the race has come.
Each day is another chance to get on the water and to play with our friend the Caiman. You have good days and bad days, but another day on the water means it can’t be all that bad. Besides, it is a nice break from the monotony that is our ever present hotel rooms. That being said, we always enjoy retreating back to the air conditioning after a few hours of sun.
We are now two and half days from the official start of the Pan American Championships. This means that my nerves and excitement are mounting! It also means I am spending more time in the room getting rested for the upcoming challenges. Resting and excitement are not best friends, but you make it work. Yesterday we ventured outside of our beaten path and to the Parques das Aves (Bird Park). There we got to see hundreds of different winged species as well as a few grounded slithering and furry friends, an excellent escape from the norm!
So here we are, only a few more days away from the Pan Ams Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be much to give y’all for results and video, but I promise to keep updates coming as often as I can. That’s all for for now. Let’s go USA!
See you on the water