It has been about a week since Khambatta Dance Company got home from our tour to Brazil. The day of our performance we landed at 2:30am in Fortaleza after 28 hours of travel, not including the travel from Mexico to Seattle we had done the day before we embarked for Brazil. We were at that point, excited for more adventures and also more skilled in sleeping on red eye flights. When we landed in Fortaleza we were picked up by our very nice guide and taken to our hotel. There we slept for about six hours before getting up to grab breakfast and get ready to tech for our performance that night. Coffee was our friend! We all kept in good spirits, and I personally felt that if I could perform that night after 28 hours of travel to a different continent, then I can do anything. The floor was not what we were expecting and required adapting. The marley floor was not what we were used. It was sticky and actually rolled up under my foot when I slide into the splits. I was very proud of the performance that we gave and had fun performing for our Brazilian audience.
April was an amazing whirlwind month with a LOT of travelling. Brazil was beautiful but definitely not what I was expecting. We saw both the beautiful side of Fortaleza and the rougher side of the city. It was an eye opening experience and I am grateful for the people I was travelling with. The beaches were amazing and the rip tide was intense! Lots of fresh coconut water, straw-in-a-fresh-coconut style, and delicious fresh pineapple, mango, and papaya. We used tons of sunscreen, saw very tiny swimsuits, and discovered caipirinhas. The language barrier was a struggle, but by the end we were able to communicate enough with the little bit of Portuguese we had learned and hand gestures. Hint: Spanish and French are similar to Portuguese but will not be enough to communicate. My advice, start learning a little bit before you get down there. I used an app called Duolingo, and it was fun and helpful.
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