ROOTS in Brazil - part 2

When we were planning this trip, we had these grand intentions to blog every day and post five pictures. Unfortunately, power, wireless, and time have all been limited resources, but maybe that's a good thing. In the U.S., we all live these busy lives where we are constantly plugged into the Internet, our phones, connected to everything and everyone we want to be practically every minute of the day. Here, I've found that my brain is starting to adjust to a different way of living. I haven't heard my cellphone ring in a week, I'm online only once or twice a day, and I've been worried about being late to something only when I wanted to be. I wonder if I'll be able to take these lessons back with me. As for the conference and all the rest, all I can say is that it's far too much to process in the limited time I have here. The performances have been so amazing, so different, challenging, and sometimes extreme, it will take me a very long time to be able to talk about them in a way that feels satisfactory. If ever. For now, I'll just say that there are these excellent moments of art making that lead you to wake up, pay attention, and see the world in a different way.The best thing about any conference or travel though, are the small moments...the little epiphanies of a hard conversation with someone at a train station, new connections with unexpected new colleagues, the shared experience. And food. Some of leave Saturday night and others on Sunday. we hope to bring you more before we leave, but if not, we will write and post lots of pictures upon our return. Until then, signing off with hope and adventures from Brazil... Shannon Turner