I had a six month assignment in the engineering department at work. Since I had travel for a year and a half prior to being stationary, I had forgotten what it was like to be able to plan events in advance more than a week. During this time, I was able to go to four weddings, visit Tom in Trinidad multiple times, see my newborn nephew and run a 10k race with my bro-in-law, visit my parents on Thanksgiving, go on a ski trip to Colorado, and much much more! But by the end of this temporary assignment, I was ready to get back on the road for a bit.
Lake Charles, Louisiana
By March, I was back on the road and back to Louisiana. The assignment originally was only 10 days but turned into one month. I ended up working straight 12 hour night shifts for more than half of this time so did not explore too much. Went on a two hour swamp tour where I saw lots of birds and even a few alligators...ate alligator for lunch afterward. Drove to Beaumont, TX to visit some fellow friends/co-workers on an assignment there. I was even able to get probably five feet away from an alligator, if I got closer he would hiss at me....and those suckers are fast. Did not want to take any chances.
Straight after Louisiana, I traveled to Ohio. Again, this assignment was longer than expected as are most assignments. Also, two friends and also co-workers were in the same town at a different refinery on an assignment. I tried many yummy restaurants because of them. The Art Museum I checked out in town had a very interesting glass blowing demonstration.
Long Beach, California
This assignment was awesome because it was in California and only 45 minutes from my grandparents. Since I had to take a safety class the Friday before I was supposed to go to work, that gave me the weekend off. Saturday morning I went on a whale watching tour where I saw two groups of grey whales (both a mom with her baby), common dolphins and bottle-nose dolphins. That night, I headed up to see my Grandparents. Ate home cooked meals and yummy fruit from my Granny's garden. Surprisingly, this assignment was a lot shorted than actually expected.
Corpus Christi, Texas
Last minute trip to sunny Texas. My first weekend there, I went to the beach and got burn extremely bad. Ate really good Mexican food while there and went to a local bar and heard a different kind of country music - forgot what they called it exactly. I was even able to see Tom and go to a friend's wedding - a perk of working on assignments in the States.
|North Padre Beach|
I finally went out of the country again and Brazil is not a bad place to land :-) I arrived at the end of June and have loved every minute here. It's winter time here but luckily stays anywhere between 15-25C (60-75F). Things are super expensive here - shopping, groceries, restaurants, transportation, etc. The food is delicious and the people are super nice! I am slowly learning Portuguese. Portuguese and Spanish are somewhat similar but unfortunately, I took German in school and do not know a lick of Spanish. The town we are staying in is on the beach and our hotel is only a couple blocks away. Have taken full advantage of running on the beach multiple times! On my first long off - I took a trip to Machu Picchu, Peru with a friend/co-worker who is working in a different area of Brazil on assignment. That post is forthcoming!
|Santos, Brazil from Ilha Porchat|