Brazil in Summary

What we did: 35 Days in Brazil, mainly covering the states of Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, and Bahia Where we went: 7 nights in Rio de Janeiro, 12 nights in Buzios and Cabo Frio, 1 night in Tiradente, 1 night in Belo Horizonte, 4 nights in Salvador, 4 in Morro de Sao Paulo, 6 [...]

Brazilian Beach Dogs

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Brazilian Beach Dogs

Since being here in Brazil, We´ve been introduced to many different styles of dogs. City dogs, farm dogs, stray/nobody dogs, and beach dogs. Beach dogs tend to be our favorite style of dog here. They don´t require a walk down the the sidewalk and a poop-scoop like a city dog. They don´t need to be [...]

So long, Brazil!

After 5 weeks in Brazil, we had to think long and hard about the best way to spend our final day here. What has been the most influential part of this trip, the one thing we needed to experience more before departing? The answer was simple. We drank juice. I am forever changed by the [...]

Sleepy in Rio

Hostels make me feel old sometimes. Especially in a party city like Rio, especially when it’s only a few weeks from carnival. Try as I might, I can’t stay up late. My night out is a drink at the hostel bar- the equivalent of a pre-party for the majority of my dorm mates. There at [...]

Prelude to Carnival

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Prelude to Carnival

Everyone comes here for Carnival. We get asked why we aren’t staying for it practically everyday. The one week street party and festival seems to occupy the minds of the community for months prior, and as we’ve been told, will put all other business on hold for a ten day period. Our hostel dorm will [...]

The Last Day of Summer

We awoke this morning to two surprises: a time change, and a guy passed out on the floor in front of the door to our dorm room.  Today marked the first official day of fall, and we can only imagine there was quite a party to see the final day of summer out well.  I’ve [...]

Back to the City

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Back to the City

Rio is a shock to the system after spending the good part of a month in small beach towns and fishing villages.  Skyscrapers so tall they block the sun, people dressed up to the nines, the shuffle of busy streets and car horns… It took us a bit to adjust back into city life.  We [...]

Cacao the super food

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Cacao the super food

Chocolate grows from a tree. It’s not just a bean we see described on the labels of fancy chocolate bars. Those beans grow inside a big beautiful fruit, and like all fruits the brilliant brazilians juice it and drink it. Cacao juice, the finest thing we’d never tried. Orange and yellow, star shaped and hard [...]