I should have packed a hammock

About a third of the balconies visible from mine have hammocks suspended from hooks fixed to the walls. My balcony has hooks too so if only I’d have packed a hammock I could’ve been even more slothful this vacation.

PackingBut getting a hammock into my suitcase would have been as challenging this morning’s exercise of getting everything put back in plus the souvenirs of my journey. It’s like playing Tetris, except in three dimensions and with mostly squishy blocks.

I am going to miss this weather, the near constant temperature in the mid-80s, regular rain followed almost immediately by sun. I have not needed the air conditioner in the apartment at all and haven’t spent very many hours under artificial climate control in public. I gather that will change once I return to North Carolina. None of the Brazilians flinch when I talk about the heat but they can’t imagine water freezing outside.

I am more going to miss the friendly folk of Salvador. I have had plenty of people go well out of their way for me even though I can barely speak or understand their language. They have been wonderful hosts.

It’s raining again. I’ll head out to balcony to enjoy it on last time. If all goes well, my next post will be from Florida sometime tomorrow.

Tchau, Brasil!

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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3 Responses to I should have packed a hammock

  1. Euphrates says:

    I have to say it love – for all that I don’t much care about soccer (nothing against it, just not much of a sports fan of any stripe, except when the Reds are actually winning), I’ve really enjoyed taking this vicarious adventure with you. And while I expect it can’t hold a candle to how YOU feel, I rather hate to see it end. :) You made the world cup personal for me this year, which is something of a miracle, I suppose. Thank you. :) Safe travels home!


  2. Will says:

    I have enjoyed living vicariously through you as well. Thank you for the journey in playful prose, pithy stories and pleasant pictures. Now back to the states for some Dog House!


  3. Thank you both for reading. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Safe and sound in the States now. Stand by for my next post.


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