Airport = Starbucks 😍 ... I think I will start spelling my name Tereza now 😜
17 December 2017
Back in Rio we enjoyed a wonderful sunset at Ipanema beach and wondered the streets off of Copacabana.
15 December 2017
Ilha Grande was definitely worth the trip! Hiking to wonderful beaches with all kind of monkeys and birds on the way was wonderful. ☺️🐒
13 December 2017
The next day we had better luck with the weather so we managed to hike up the sugarloaf aaand went to see christo redentor. 😃🏔
12 December 2017
I ❤️ Rio!! 🇧🇷🇧🇷 our arrival in Rio de Janeiro was somewhat misfortune because the weather was very bad, but we managed to do a walking tour of the center of Rio which was really grate! We learned a LOT, such as: Rio used to be the capital of Brasil, Carioca is the name of the People living in Rio, a lot of this town is artificially made, Rio used to be a very swampy area, the Portuguese conquered this area first, during the war against Napoleon the royal family of Portugal fled to Rio, a lot of buildings were built under the influence of Parisian architects, a mayor once decided to build big avenues so he moved away a lot of homes resulting in the formation of the first favela, Brasil was the last country to abolish slavery, aaaand so on .....
needless to say: It was very interesting to understand a little bit about the history and culture of this city
10 December 2017
Goodbyes are never easy, add a few sick days and the positive energy we brought from Manaus was gone. 😥
But luckily we got well very fast so we could actually say our goodbyes properly. It made me both, sad and proud, to see how thankful people were and how important it was to them to give us a proper goodbye. ❤️☺️
2 December 2017
Getting back to Manaus and civilization we enjoyed some local food, music, museums and even went into the famous opera house for free!
1 December 2017
Waking up in the middle of the Rainforest was even cooler than going to sleep! After breakfast we packed up our stuff and went to see a tarantula (!!)
On our way back to the lodge we picked up our fisher net. It was completely tangled up because of caimans and a few fish that were caught in the net actually had been eaten a little bit by piranhas already! 🐊🐠🐟
30 November 2017
Then began our adventure night! One night camping out in the jungle, sleeping in a hammock. Before we set camp and started a fire we layed out a fisher net for the next day. Then we prepared everything for our night in the forest. Looking for firewood and getting the hammocks ready while fireflies start appearing was incredibly cool!
Night set in quick and we enjoyed a fun evening by the campfire!
On the next day we went to visit a local family and learned a lot about living off the land, different kind of fruits and vegetables and the making of tapioca - A dish made from manioc. Manioc is actually poisonous and has to be processed a certain way before you can eat it.
29 November 2017
.... and Caiman catching at night! ..... little ones of course! They can get up to 5 meters big 😱😱😱
Piranha fishing was the next activity. Needless to say we had SO MUCH FUN!!!
After breakfast we went out for a hike in the Rainforest..... pictures only begin to describe the beauty. We saw monkeys and sloths and sooo many interesting plants. It was such a blast walking through the jungle. I am still amazed our guide found his way out of the forest- I would have been so lost!
The next morning we got up before sunrise and got to experience nature waking up. Starting with the dolphins jumping high to all the different kind of birds (tucans eagles parrots etc) 🦅ending with the howling monkeys. 🐒They are soooo extremely loud that it's almost scary.
Back at the lodge a few fish wer caught in a trap so we already got to see what our lunch would be! Jummm!!!
Our lodge was located at juma river a small arm of Solimões river. Because the river rises up to 3 meter during raining season a lot of houses (like our lodge) float on the river.
In the afternoon we went river dolphin watching and caiman spotting! I even got to see pink dolphins which has been a dream since childhood! 🐬🐊
28 November 2017
I am having a hard time deciding what to write about the Brazilian Rainforest and the Amazonas, simply because there is no way I could do it justice. It was such a different experience, so wonderful that I don't think anyone could ever imagine unless they see it themselves. But I will try and write down a little bit of the activities we did so you will get an Idea:
Anna and I had booked an Amazon Joungle Tour 4D/3N and the journey started with the beginning of the Amazon river. Right in the area of the city Manaus (biggest city in Amazonien with about 4 mil. Inhabitants) the Rio Solimões and Rio Negre meet at the "encontro das aguas" and so the amazon river is formed. This unique "meeting of the waters" is clear to see because one river is brown and the other one is black, one is faster than the other one and one is warmer than the other, therefore they don't really mix and driving past it with a boat you can easily make out the "border" of these separate rivers!
24 November 2017
Spontaneous trips are always the best! 😃 Salvador is such a wonderful place full of great people and energy!
The heart of this city is beating an African rhythm and you can hear great music almost everywhere you go.
Because Salvador used to be the capital of Brasil many slaves were brought here. This resulted in a wonderful African-brasilian culture that has manifested especially in this area! It is a town of great music great food and Michael Jackson apparently... ("they don't really care about us" was filmed in Salvador together with a famous Afro-brasilian music group)
19 November 2017
We finished off my birthday celebration at MIMO (a music festival in Olinda) together with Matheu and Gustavo! :)
17 November 2017
Day three in the park was the day of my birthday! When the guide found out he said: "we will go on a very special tour then today." And we did! We walked thru wonderful scenery, by small villages with mud huts and ate fresh and native fruit off plants!
Once we got back the guide even gave me a small present! 😀😀
16 November 2017
I would say pictures say more than a thousand words but they really don't do it justice! Every time our guide would turn around the corner I was more and more amazed by the beauty of this park.
We hiked round about 15 km that day and it was a lot of fun.
14 November 2017
Vale do Catimbau was definitely worth the trip!
On Tuesday we took a Bus from Recife to Buíque - a very small town further inland, right by a wonderful national park and fell asleep immediately! After breakfast the next morning we asked for directions to the parkentrance, because we were determined to hike all day long! Little did we know that the directions we were given were meant by car and it only dawned on us after having walked one hour in the blazing sun that at this rate our hike would actually consist of walking to the entrance! 😂🤦🏼♀️
Eventually we made it though and did go into the national park, had an amazing view and met a wonderful guide who from now on also arranged our transportation back and forth to the pousada, too. 👏🏻🏃♀️
I also saw cave paintings for the very first time, which had me in awe for the rest of the trip! 😀🇧🇷💪🏼
12 November 2017
We went to the Frevo Museum and learned a lot about Carneval and Frevo - the dance of Pernambuco.💃🎊🇧🇷🎭🤹🏽♂️
During Carneval everybody dances Frevo - big, small, old, young - everyone knows how to dance and is caught by the spirit of it. "A Rua o grande espaco do paco do Frevo"(The street, the great space for dancing Frevo) - The street is where you learn to dance and where the dance itself has been shaped and formed by all kind of different influences!
11 November 2017
.... also Recife 😢so much trash on every street. It's so sad
8 November 2017
Work the other day- checking out the loose tooth I was proudly shown! 😍❤️ I really love the work here and the kids are so sweet and so thankful.
5 November 2017
Even though Karneval is not till February you can already experience a little bit of the spirit in Olinda. People already practice the dances and music and it is a blast to go watch and even learn to dance a little yourself. 💃💃
My favorite part were the Bands and the Drums.
30 October 2017
We found this cute coffee place very close to our work place! 😍😍😍 yay Coffee for meeeeeeeeee!!!
29 October 2017
There was a school competition the other day. The games were: dodgeball, soccer (of course), dance, and running .
It was very intense. The kids were in it with all emotions. The gym was what felt like the loudest place on earth to me, just because everyone was yelling and screaming so loud and not seldom a little kid had to be carried off the court because he/she broke down crying of disappointment. Talk about Brazilian temperament. 😁💪🏼🇧🇷
28 October 2017
The weekend after the girl had come to our office we had a trip planned to Porto de Galinhas. It is a very touristy but nice little beachtown not far from Recife and let me tell you: the beaches are NOT AS EMPTY as the pictures might suggest. We actually walked along the beach for 1 hour to find a quiet stretch.
Although I really loved the ocean and had fun scuba diving I had a hard time to enjoy myself just bc I still could not stomach the "little girl's teeth situation." It felt wrong to me to be in the position, where I can go out, spend money and not worry about it, while I personally knew someone that could put it into better use. People there lived live abundantly and I was part of it.
But aside from where I come from, most Germans would be considered rich here in Recife. So how can it be, that the gap between rich and poor is so big in Brazil? Whenever I ask I always get the same answer: Corruption! And since 2 years there has been no perspective or hope for better. 😞
24 October 2017
I was feeling a little blue for the past week, which is why I haven't been writing lately! 🙈🙊
A little girl and her brother showed up in our office and even though we have seen a lot: this was the worst jet. She is about 10 years old and it is apparent that her teeth are in very bad condition! She simply won't have teeth. The worst thing about it is that no one really seems to care. 😢😓 "if it hurts we can just give her pain killers and antibiotics" is what her mom told me. "Oh it's ok she doesn't feel any pain. We cannot afford to make her a prosthesis let alone an x-ray" she says while I stare at her 6 tattoos and wonder how she payed for those..
It's been hard to realize that not everyone cares.
I might be able to get all the kids at this school at a cavity free state for now but hearing this made me wonder if it will last? I wish I could do more but our possibilities are so limited and our help is only lasting if they understand the importance. Most kids at least are very thank
22 October 2017
The visit of this "museum" made me laugh on one hand, simply beacuse it was such a confusing order. Contemporary artists next to pictures more than 500 years old and Chinese weapons next to Dutch emperor paintings.
But on the other hand has it made me realize that I have never really known much about colonization. From the point of view of a country, like Brazil, that has been colonized it is very eye opening. The Dutch had a big part in it, as well as Portugal.
Riwa once told me that Brazil was only aloud to trade with Portugal and when Portugal set them "free" it was during the time of Napoleon. But since Napoleon was pretty much conquering every country in Europe except of England. England was the only Country left to trade with.
Hitler also left his mark in Recife. The airport here used to be a German military base and Brazilians fought alongside the Allies in Germany!😱
Instituto Ricardo Brennand was something else! 😂🤣
The Institute was created by Ricardo Brennand, a Brazilian collector and businessman of English ancestry, born in Cabo de Santo Agostinho in 1927. The Institute holds a permanent collection of historic and artistic objects of diversified provenience, ranging from Early Middle Ages to 20th century, with strong emphasis in objects, documents and artwork related to Colonial and Dutch Brazil, including the world's largest assemblage of paintings by Frans Post.
The Institute also houses one of the largest collections of armory in the world, with 3,000 pieces, the majority of which were produced in Europe and Asia between the 14th and 19th centuries.The library has over 62 thousand volumes, ranging from 16th to 20th century, including a collection of brasiliana and other rare items.
21 October 2017
No ar coqutel molotov🦋🌈🥕🔮🎉🎉
Scrolling through these pictures you might recognize Matheu and Gustavo! We met this nice couple on the bus to pipa and if it's one thing I have learned in the past month it's that Brazilians are very friendly and welcoming. So contrary to me thinking we would never see them again Matheu not only made sure we got home safely from pipa but also invited us to come to this really cool Brazilian music festival. His boyfriend Gustavo (tie dye shirt guy) is an artist and was working there so they got us in for less than half the price and they let us design our own bag! 😍
Brazilian contemporary music is crazy to say the least, but check out "o terno" (the suit) if you want to get an impression. They were my favorite this night!
When we went dancing with Riwa a few weeks ago we met Renata. Turns out Renata lives right around the corner and ever since we once met on the bus by accident we have become friends. This Friday she let us tag along with her and her friends and we got to experience the typical Friday night of an Brazilian student in Recife. It was so great!The streets in the city center are full of bars! We talked a lot about life in Brazil, especially as a young woman. How a lot of men have children somewhere and only attend to them occasionally. How she teaches as a dance teacher to earn money for her studies and sees a lot of kids in poverty because there is no social security for young families. How open the young generation in Brazil is. Starting with open relationships and accepting gays and lesbians. But how the old generation is not accepting at all and therefore gays loose their family really fast. We also learned a lot about history and how a country is shaped by colonization and ministry.
20 October 2017
Unfortunately this picture has become one of our regulars.... 😢
Last time we had a blackout something broke and we had little success with fixing it so far. It's so sad, but I am confident that we will be back on track soon. Until then we have only been able to do certain things, such as extracting teeth.... 😱👩🏼⚕️😷
It sounds so crazy but we actually established an "extraction day" - Anna and I thought it was very successful, the kids thought differently 😱😇😂
15 October 2017
Nothing much to say about our trip except it was a huge success!
14 October 2017
13 October 2017
12 October 2017
Recife in pictures
11 October 2017
Our work here is challenging us every day!
Many kids have big inflammations. Therefore very often the only option we have is to pull the tooth. But is not easy because we only have very few really fitting instruments and anesthesia sometimes does not work very well in inflamed areas. 😢
So we have to give them a lot of medication. The kids are very enduring and brave and thankful for our help though. And there is always this one exception of the rule such as this little girl who fell asleep while we were sealing her cavity-free teeth.
10 October 2017
Dia das crianças is a special holiday here in brazil and it's celebrated big!
A few weeks back we met a guy our age who told us that he will be celebrating his birthday here at this school. It wasn't until the day of the party that we finally understood what he meant exactly:
For his birthday he asked his friends to not buy him a present but instead give him the money that they would have used for a present. He then set out to make a huge party for the kids at "our school" using the money he was given for his birthday. 😍🤡🍩🤹🏽♂️ It's him in the white shirt giving out presents for every child at the school.
7 October 2017
At mercardo sao Jose we were able to whiteness the wonderful market place where locals come and buy fish, meat, vegetables, fruits, all kind of spices and also table cloths and pans etc.
we had fun looking at all of it and trying some new food.
6 October 2017
We asked the waiter if the dish would be too much for us. "It will be fine" he said! - It. Was. So. Much.
But the Caipirinhas and the food where very good and thinking we could never finish we actually did and shared a chocolate cake for dessert! 🤢😋😀 when in Recife....
Layane has become a very special friend to us. She studies psychology at the university near by and works and also lives with us here at the school. So naturally when she asked if we wanted to tag along to a international book fair we were happy to do so.
Even though there was nothing international about this fair when it came to language choices we could all agree that Harry Potter and the little prince speak a universal language. 👑⚡️📖 (let me just say that there should be a Harry Potter emoticon!!)
I could only very hardly stop myself from buying the Harry Potter books but when it came to "o pequeno principe" I caved!
3 October 2017
Gustavo tem medo mais ele e muito curacjoso
1 October 2017
On Sunday we spent the day at the beach- of course it wasn't this empty!!!!!!
But it was fun anyways and we made sure to steer clear of sharks! 🦈🦈🦈
In the evening Riwa took us dancing to a traditional latino party. And well - I felt like a German Kartoffel!!! 😜💃🥔
Beside the fact that the place was somewhere in the middle of a neighborhood and no tourist EVER would find this place all the girls were wearing dresses and dancing beautifully. It was so wonderful to experience. Young and old, tall and small everyone would dance with everyone no judgment or no saying no to a dance partner! 😍
When we walked in Riwa told us to follow and so we did. All the sudden we were on a dance floor. ups! 😂 now what?!?! all the time I kept thinking: "where the heck is my double 07 training?!? - I bet a Bond girl could dance salsa"
I ended up dancing with a friend of Riwa though who actually taught me a bit and it ended up being So. Much. Fun.
Oh and we met a famous Brazil Movie star at that p
30 September 2017
The next day we went to Olinda. The so called "Sister" of Recife. It's an UNESCO world heritage and a very artsy town! 💒 The contrast to Recife couldn't be any bigger: Very clean, lots of history, beautiful churches and Paintings all over. Many small art shops and home of the biggest Carneval Festival in Brazil. 🤹🏽♀️🎭
The buildings,by the way, are so colorful because the houses used to not be numbered. Instead of a normal address you had to write on your letter the street and then: pink house with yellow windows. Houses in one street could have the same color but then the windows had to be different. 🌸
29 September 2017
Since we live right by the beautiful and safe university campus we go there a lot. There we usually buy a coconut and just sit, drink the water and enjoy the happenings! 👩🏼🏫👨🏽💻
One day we met Riwaldo (Hiwaldu) who literally announced himself with the sentence :"Ey was geht ab man, ich bin der Riwa!" Riwa is from Brazil and lived in Bremen (Germany) for 1,5 years resulting in him talking like a Turkish-German.... you know what I mean.
Riwa enjoyed the German lifestyle so much that he opened up a "beer garden" and craft beer shop with his friend. They brew their own beer and he taught his waiters to announce the drink with "einmal Bier vom Fass" when it's brought to your table!
We had a blast and the beergarden is legit! 🍻🍺
27 September 2017
The daily life at the school! Irma Helena prays with her children a lot, stets them straight or comforts them. 😇😂🙌She explains that we are dentists and therefore are doctors and that the teachers are pedagogues.
26 September 2017
When I stepped out of the office one day I found a few paper airplanes which had been thrown out of the window. 😍
24 September 2017
Sunday we went downtown and looked around the town square a bit. Recife is the capital of Pernambuco and Marco Zero (big round town square) is the 0-Mark of the State. Around this praça there are a few museums and markets and shops. There are very colorful buildings and the ocean makes it even more pretty.
Sadly this is not the standard. We have been driving through town a lot and I honestly cannot say that I have come by by one single place where I thought: "oh this looks nice, we should get off here."
The streets and houses are mostly dirty and broken. But the people within are shining of bright color. We have been caught by the Brazil and Latina- lifestyle and the friendliness of the people. Even though it's very apparent they have next to nothing, they stick together and set fire your heart! 💖🇧🇷
23 September 2017
After working for two days we soon learned that most of the kids have very very bad teeth. Lots of teeth- even permanent ones - have to be pulled. So we decided to stick them in groups and explain how to brush their teeth and why it's important they let us help them.
A lot of kids have cried already even though we haven't really done anything. Some kids are very still and quiet and don't show any emotions. Despite the fact that they are very well taken care of in this facility and they are so grateful for us being here treatment has been hard. It breaks your heart to see them cry and it breaks your heart to pull their very infected teeth. 💔💔
One girl has even told us about her dead brother while she was in our office. It took us a while to digest. But luckily most kids are very happy and come and hug you and want to play with you.
22 September 2017
20 September 2017
Eventually we DID get our breakfast and it was So. Much. Food.! They treat us well here and every time we sit down for a meal the table is already set and one particular nun always comes by and tells us to eat more. So you do, even though you're not hungry anymore.. -You try saying no to a non 😂😂
Upon arrival we found out where we would live and work from now. After checking out everything and taking a quick shower we fell into bed and were woken up very early the next morning. It felt like a 5 min nap to me and my body was craving coffee but when Sister Helena, the headmaster of the school, is insisting on showing you around YOU DON'T SAY NO. You just don't. 😃😇
From here on out it was a lot of handshaking and meeting people who work at the facility and also meeting a few of the kids. Then we started getting our office ready! It would be well equipped- if everything were working just fine. Wich it mostly doesn't 😂 but we have learned to work around it.
The school is directed by nuns, who take care of the kids. They come from all kind of backgrounds but sadly most of them have experienced violence at home and now live in a foster home or with grandparents, ants or uncles.
Well it's about time I keep my promise and catch you guys up on the happenings of my trip so far.
Because the common denominator speaks it, English is what you get! This is me unfiltered. And I am telling how I see it. - so feel free to judge! 😂 😀
We have arrived!!!
After what felt like the longest trip ever Anna and I finally touched down in Recife, Brasil. Now all we had to do was get to the School, where we would live and work as dentists for kids in need from now on.
We didn't walk far after we got off the plane, when we met Luiz the driver of our Organization. "Be careful!" "Trust nobody!" "Brazil is dangerous!" Is all I could hear myself think, after having been told so like a 1000000 times for the past couple of weeks before my departure. After debating whether to get into the car or not, we eventually did and drove off. Recife seemed very dirty, dark and a bit scary. Car shops everywhere and scary dogs behind the gate guarding the cars. But we made it just fine. 😊