I have to say Brazilians love to have a good time. I was invited to Professor Erik's house for New Years Eve for a traditional Brazilian New Year bash. What a great time they have several customs to insure good luck for the following year. One which involves getting in the ocean and jumping over 7 waves. We didn't intend on getting as wet as we did until we all got hit by one huge wave. John and I got the worst of it and ended up being wet for the rest of the night, but it was totally worth it. I do have to say that I'm glad that I don't drink because I got home at 2:30am and had to teach a class at 7am. So on 4 hours of sleep I put the morning crew through the paces and now I'm feeling pretty good. I will crash for an hour or so before I head out for the day.
I would like to thank my new Brazilian family, they have done so much for me in such a short time. I was told last night that I'm a family member which is a pretty cool feeling. What a way to welcome the new year, 2009 is going to be one to remember if I have any say in it!!!