Brazil Day 8: Penápolis Thanksgiving

From John and Lori’s in Penápolis …

It’s Thanksgiving day! Donna and I begin the day with a Turkey Trot. There isn’t a 5k here and if there was we wouldn’t be running. But we do get out for a walk through downtown, past John and Lori’s, to the walking path for a lap around the park. It isn’t a brisk walk on a chilly Thanksgiving morning. It’s in the 80’s with high humidity in Penápolis, while back home in Fairfax it’s in the 40’s.

The walking park in Penápolis

We return to Maria Helena’s for breakfast, then John drives us out to the edge of town to see the family farm. At one point Donna and John’s father grew coffee beans here, but now the farm is home to a small herd of cattle. The property is filled with fruit trees including mangoes, cashews, papayas, and pomegranates. We go from tree to tree sampling the different types.



On the farm



Sugar cane on the farm next door



Cattle on the farm



The farm parakeet



Passion fruit flower on the farm



Not today!

Next we head to John and Lori’s. They live in a high-rise building in the center of Penápolis. After lunching on chicken sandwiches we pitch in to help Lori cook the Thanksgiving meal. We may be in Brazil, but the menu is traditional American. Lori is from Pennsylvania so she is preparing her family favorites. There’s turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, asparagus, and sweet potatoes. And of course there is American football on TV all day long. But here the play-by-play is in Portuguese. For dessert Donna and I are making the apple pie. No Pillsbury pie pastry in the refrigerator aisle of your local grocery, so we’re working from scratch. What started a year ago with a Facebook post has now come full circle.



The apple pie



Dinner is ready

Thanksgiving in Penapolis with Maria Helena, John, Lori, John, Deco, Tuca, Julianna, and Donna
Nikon D750 • 28-300 mm f/3.5-5.6 at 28 mm • ISO 6400 • 1/20 sec at f/5.6



Today is our last full day in Penápolis. Tomorrow we drive to São Paulo. Thanks for reading!

4 Comments on “Brazil Day 8: Penápolis Thanksgiving

  1. Happy Thankgiving Michael and Donna and family! The best apple pie story ever.

    PS Please post a picture of the cashew tree if you have one, and a slice of the pie. 🙂

  2. What a spread! Great looking pie!
    I didn’t know sugar cane looked so grassy! I thought it looked more woody like bamboo (also a grass I think?) Thanks for sharing your adventures!!! Safe travels home!

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