Friday, August 19, 2011

Moving to Zona Sul....?

The view of Pão de Açucar from Botafogo Beach

We are so close to moving to Zona Sul I can taste it and it tastes like a delicious glass of cold milk after you just ate a big piece of chocolate cake.  (P.S. Milk.  It's that delicious.)

Don't believe me?

So, the apartment in question is in the lovely neighborhood of Botafogo.  It was always a neighborhood that I thought really fit my personality - Botafogo has a lot of good restaurants, cool and interesting bars, big trees, bike lanes & parks, a neighbor-ly personality...

It's also the home of 'our football team' (put in quotations because that would imply that we have a team, which we do not, but everyone in Brazil MUST have a team.  I'm pretty sure it's a federal law. So, our team is Botafogo).

Anyway, I've compiled a list of reasons why moving to Botafogo from Jacarepagua will greatly improve my quality of life:
  1. The sidewalks are not broken into a million peices. 
  2. You don't have to walk up a gigantic hill to get to the apartment, and then walk up another giant hill once you enter the condo just to get to your building.  (It's like a mountain)
  3. The buses are comfortably full, not literally bursting at the seams.  
  4. You have a variety of options for restaurants and bars.  And no, Bar do Tio Joao, Tio Paulo & Tio Orlando do not count as 'variety'. 
  5. There are actual trees, not sprouts of grass that have found life through the dusty cement.  
  6. People understand that at 6:30 a.m., on a dangerously crowded bus, it's inconsiderate to scream and laugh LOUDLY, sounding like a bunch of parrots, and give the bus driver fliers (while he is driving at about 100km/hr) about buying purified water filters, while I am holding on to the railing with the tips of two fingers and my backpack in my other hand.  (true story, happened to me yesterday). 
  7. I hope to God people don't do number 6 in Botafogo. 
  8. THE METRO!!!!!
  9. I have friends close by! (Bia, if you are reading this, you still live far away from me, even in Barra!)
  10. Leme Beach, Praia de Botafogo, Rio Sul Mall, Metro, Friends, Bars/Restaurants, Culture, Theatres, Parks, Bike Lanes, Close to Work = QUALIDADE DE VIDA!
Ahhh!!!  Guess what?
Ro just called!

WE GOT THE APARTMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'M MOVING TO ZONA SUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  1. Congratulations! The last time we went to Rio we stayed in Botafogo and really liked it. I hope you do as well.

  2. WOW! -- So cool! Congratulations. Welcome back to civilization! When is the house-warming party!?

    Very cool!!!!

  3. YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY!!!!! So happy for you!

  4. CONGRATULATIONS Neighbor!!!! We'll have to get together for a chopp to celebrate :D

  5. Yeahyeahyeahyeah!

    No more 5am alarms!
    No more crazy long commutes!
    No more expensive taxis home!
    No more favela neighbors!
    No more late-night funk!
    No more long walks in the rain just to get to the first bus stop!

    More culture!
    More students!
    More free time!
    More safety!
    More time with Ro!

    MoRe ExClamAtIon PoInts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111111

  6. Danielle are you in my head?!? hahah your list is better than mine... have you been here before? ;-)

    Thanks Jim, it's been a long since I've been there!

    Ahh Rach I'll be so close to you now!! Many many chopps!!

    Thanks you guys! I know I'll love it... !(Steph and Meredith!)

  7. Congratulations! Can I crash that housewarming party? Really happy for you!!

  8. Isn't it wonderful to get what you want? It doesn't happen that often so I hope you revel in it. I misread Danielle's post for just a sec and thought she said "No more late night f*ck" lol! I was is that b/c of the long commute?

  9. Congratulations, Lindsey! I'm excited for you! woohoo!



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