After six fabulous weeks, our Brazilian travels came to a close. We spent the last week of our South American journey making our way down the Brazilian coast. We made a few somewhat forgettable stops in some small coastal towns, including Canoa Quebrada and the city of Natal, until finally arriving in Recife for our flight home for the holidays.
We hadn’t planned to make a trip back home during our around the world adventure, but the timing and price were right. It was actually cheaper to fly from the US to the South Pacific (our next stop) than from South America, and it also happened to be Christmas so the decision was easy: home for the holidays.
Ah, how nice it was to arrive home after a few months on the road and our families certainly spoiled us silly. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care. The silver polished and linens crisply ironed awaited a plethora of holiday feasts. Christmas decorations seemed to have gotten a bit of extra attention this year. The tree looked as full as ever, sparkling with its bright white lights, and of course we were greeted by cookies, coffee cakes, zucchini and pumpkin breads and yes, even enough peanut brittle, to feed an army.
Being home meant nice hot showers, homemade meals, Christmas cheer, and best of all, time with family and friends. Ryan and I calculated we had been together for a whopping 1,488 consecutive hours prior to our arrival home so throwing in a few extra characters to our day just might have been the lifesaving buffer we needed to save us from killing one another (only half kidding, darling).
We’ve thoroughly enjoyed soaking up all the Christmas festivities and everybody’s been anxious to hear how our around the world travels are going. It’s quite challenging, however, to put into words all that we’ve experienced even in the short few months we’ve been traveling so I can only imagine what it will be like when we return for good. In the meantime, we’re filling up on time with family, loads of food and as many hot showers as we can fit in. We certainly will miss these while we’re gone.