Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Our neighborhood, and Tainha (Tah-EEN-ya)

Our street.

Santos has several canals that run through the city and empty into the ocean. Here is one that is close to our house. (Our house is an apartment, but I'm used to saying house. So from here on out, when I refer to house, insert apartment.)

A couple weekends ago we were invited to a fundraiser for orphans. From what I understood, this facility is specifically used for fundraisers. This evening they were serving Tainha, a type of fish, grilled whole and served with rice, farofa, bread, and lime wedges and a vinaigrette (what we would refer to as a salsa fresca) to accompany the fish. Everything was delicious.

Many of the kids there found each other and started playing, and then there was a mission to get the tabs off all the empty soda and beer cans. Both Andy and Sam's classes are collecting them; somehow they support the production of wheelchairs? I'm not very clear on how this happens; maybe the money raised from the metal is donated? Regardless, it provided hours of entertainment. Andy said he told everyone obrigado when they let him have a tab.

One of the girls in the pack of kids running around was very friendly, and it turned out her parents were grilling the fish.

That's a lot of Tainha!


  1. Yey - I've been waiting for an update on here. The fish is never something I would make myself but I would love to try it. Seems like you might want the whole can for recycling, no? Glad you guys are settling in.

  2. Your street looks really nice, lined by trees and it looks like a calm and quiet residental area. At least as quiet as you can get in a large town like Santos.