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July 31st 2006
Published: August 6th 2006
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Hello friends

My nights have been spent at home, but my days have been one of a tourist exploring the Gainesville area.

My sister Andrea and her husband, both from Brazil, have been our guests for the past week. Besides shopping intensively and spending time chatting over coffee at Starbucks, we have been visiting several sights around town, like Orlando and the amazing Itchetucknee river.

This Itchetucknee river is part of a gold medal state park, with amazing springs of prestine water. It's incredible to go tubing on the river, being gently carried by the slow current, surrounded by a spectacular and complex ecosystem. The canopy of ancient trees, the hawks, erons and eagles soar above us, as we lazyling lay on our tubes, comtemplating nature's beauty. The freezing cold water brings an welcome contrast to the super hot and humid temperature this time of the year.

We always have a wonderful time when we take each of our guests to the many area springs, and I hope one day to take YOU too.

Beijos e saudades


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Prestine, and freezing, waterPrestine, and freezing, water
Prestine, and freezing, water

One of the many springs (nascentes)
At ChopstickAt Chopstick
At Chopstick

Favorite pan-asian restaurant by the lake (full of gators). Many tasty vegetarian choices.
Midnight barbecue by the poolMidnight barbecue by the pool
Midnight barbecue by the pool

With "carnivour"Brazilian guests, churracos (barbecue)by our pool happened nightly
Quintellas in my kitchenQuintellas in my kitchen
Quintellas in my kitchen

My sister playing with beautiful, and probably genetically engeneered, tomatoes

7th August 2006

Can I Come?
Hi! I just feel like joining you guys for that Midnight barbecue! When was it that you stopped being a carnivore? I'm still preatty much like that! And we're sorry (really) you are so far from us... we miss you all! Love from California, Jeanete
7th August 2006

Oi Patricia
Olá Patrícia: É sempre divertido ler seus "travel blogs", pois com suas palavras e fotos às vezes me sinto parte das senas que relata. Acho que você tem um certo dom de escritora. Como vai você amiga? Me parece mais feliz e mais desligada dos "problemas". Por aqui, estou na mesma - sempre trabalhando muito. No entanto, estou em contagem regressiva para a viagem na Espanha. E... guess what???.... Beijos com saudades. Rita.
9th August 2006

Hi friends
Nice to hear from you. I will be e-mailing both of you, okay! Thaks for the compliment Rita. Patricia

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