Saturday, March 31, 2007

Making progress...

Today felt very positive. We submitted our passport applications. Everyone, but Mike's. The Office of Vital Records in Los Angeles is very slowly searching for his birth certificate and should send it any day now. If necessary we'll pay extra to expedite his application. We also finished our last lesson of Pimsler's Basic Portuguese and have moved on to Pimsler's Conversational Portuguese. I can now have a very lame conversation in portuguese, as long as the other speaker sticks with the small collection of words I can respond to. Still, it's something to build on, and it's kind of fun.

This week we found a Brazilian lawyer who's agreed to help us with visas and finding a realtor in Curitiba. We also lowered the price on our house and Trish (our realtor here) has placed an ad in the local papers. This is all getting pretty real.

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