A lot of my happiness is tied up in my relationship with food. I eat food for comfort, I love to eat good food, when my husband takes me out on a date it’s a pleasure to sit and enjoy some good food together. My daughters are a constant source of amusement and frustration when it comes to food. What they will eat, how they play with their food, how it gets thrown to the floor when they are done and what they will refuse to eat for no good reason at all.
Well I’ve decided that I am very happy here in my new home in Brasilia, we’ve finally found a farmers market! I’ve been going to the supermarkets near our home and have been alternatly outraged and frustrated. The cost of pretty much everything is just outrageous!
Now having done this before and knowing what the minimum wage is here I assumed that things would be at least a little more in line with what we had in Bogota. Well it wasn’t even close, I don’t know how those minimum wage folks are surviving.
Well a friend took me to Guara and the Market there and oh my goodness did I have a great time. We came out with a wheelbarrow full of fresh fruits and veggies, snacks and spices. The sweet vendors were kind enough to help us select food based on when we were going to consume it, everyone I attempted to talk to was nice too. And I didn’t spend even 1/3 of the amount I’ve been spending at the supermarket to feel like I had fresh food to eat and offer to my girls.
I’m still very confused by the Spanish I’ve learned and the few words of Portuguese I managed to remember – but it worked out. It’s always such a relief when I feel like I can do this…
My new favorite things about Brasilia:
- small green pineapple
- candied orange rind
- homemade candy peanuts
- pastels made with fresh dough, tomatoes and basil
Yeah, I plan to be very very happy here and why not, the food is great!