You'll be glad to know that Gailor called to say she was back in the States.
Faithful readers will remember that she's started business school at Northwestern, and the first week was a group bonding experience in Brazil. She wasn't allowed to take a cell or laptop with her, but I did get this e-mail from her. It's not like I remember school: ...
"I'm sitting at an internet cafe in Buzios, a beach town about 2-3 hours from Rio. We spent the morning on a catamaran with high winds, but beautiful water. We jumped in and swam to shore at one little beach. The highlight was when a little rubber boat pulled up next to us and a local climbed onto the boat with skewered fresh shrimp with limes. It didn't appeal in the heat, but I ate them anyway and they turned out to be fabulous. Shell and all. I don't have long to type, but I´ll give you a few highlights.
"Yesterday. The big birthday. We left Rio in the morning and took an air-conditioned coach here to Buzios. After lunch (crepes with cheese that day) we did "beach olympics." A group bonding thing with five events. We came in second, although I still think we were robbed. ... We ate dinner at an outdoor restaurant with traditional Portuguese food. I had a cod dish (they call it Christmas cod) with olives, onions, rice, and a bunch of other stuff mixed in with the cod. After dinner, they brought out a huge chocolate cake and everyone sang happy birthday (for the second time -- the first was on the bus the night before at midnight on our way home from a samba club in Rio -- more on that later). It means a lot to me that everyone has made the day such a big deal all week. ..."