My portuguese is awful. I'm learning but until then I speak portunal. Which is half spanish and half portuguese with an american twist. Luckily, brazilians are very willing to help understand me. They are also very direct on the phone. Tonight I called the front desk with a question and after trying to speak portuguese I gave in and spoke english. They transfered me and the the man answering, in a nice voice said, "What do you want, Lady?" I laughed because if you said that in the US it wouldn't come out so nicely. I love Brazilians.
In other news, I think we found the apartment we want. We made an offer today and we are waiting to hear back. I'll let you know as soon as we know. Wish us luck!!