The dictionary failed us today. The word listed for shovel –
escavador - actually means a R$200,000 piece of excavating equipment,
which Ethan casually asked Tito to borrow from his father Fione, who has a
cattle ranch a twenty-minute walk from the Lodge. After a short game of
charades, Tito understood, and Fião has kindly agreed to lend us site-clearing
tools. A tractor was lent to us from Eduardo’s other friend, but we seem to be
S.O.L. with motored vehicles because this one proceeded to die when it arrived
on-site, hence the search for hoes, shovels, rakes, and a wheelbarrow.
This photo is post-6/13, we had to show off our sweet clean technology.
In kitchen news, Miltom made a delicious dessert, arroz doce, the Brazilian version of rice pudding – this one is with white rice, condensed milk, regular milk, cinnamon, and coconut flakes – served chilled. Gostoso. Tasty.