By the end of our three-week long adventure all over South America (you know, after the FIVE MONTHS we spent living in South America!), Lara and I were POOPED. We had done so much flying, bussing, and walking around that we could not bear to do anything else. On our last day in Rio, we decided to just relax in the small town that Daniel lived.
Although, as couchsurfers, Lara and I expected to prepare our own food, Daniel's mother and grandma refused to let us eat our 3-minute noodles hahaha. They insisted on cooking for us all the time and the food was seriously too good to turn down. This dish they made for us was some sort of cheesy pasta with soft-boiled eggs on the top. I know that sounds like nothing you've ever eaten but wowwww it was so good! P.S. Yes, that Tapatio was ours.
We took a little walk around town and stumbled upon a small farmer's market. Lots of home-cured meats and artisan salsas.
The city kind of reminded me of San Gabriel, or even some parts of Pasadena. So suburban, so leafy.
That is all. We awaited the hour of our departure by napping on our cute little makeshift beds. It was a looonnnnnngggg trip back home. To quote one of my facebook statuses, "OFFICIALLYYYYY on my way home! Saturday: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to São Paulo, Brazil. Sunday: São Paulo, Brazil to Montevideo, Uruguay and then Montevideo, Uruguay to Santiago, Chile. Monday: Santiago, Chile to Miami, FL. Tuesday: Miami, FL to Los Angeles, CA. Woooooooo ♥". Crazy huh?
All in all, my time in South America was incredible, unforgettable, life-changing. Although I felt very homesick at times, I would recommend it to anyone. You would think that six months in a foreign country, away from all that is familiar to you, would teach you so much about the world and life and other cultures... but if I could say it without sounding horribly cheesy, the truth is that it teaches you so much about yourself.
Can't wait for my next adventure.
♥ ♥ ♥
P.S. Because I lagged it so terribly in posting all of my South America pictures, I thought I would treat you with a few pictures of us enjoying the nightlife during our backpacking trip. For obvious reasons I didn't take my camera out at night so these photos are courtesy of mi amiga Lara's digital cam.
As they say in South America, fin.