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Everyday is a farmers market day in Nadi. Our trip through the marketplace was challenged by having our backpacks with us, but the people of Fiji are so abundantly kind and helpful that our fears of being annoyances were quickly put at ease. We were in transit from Denarau to the Coral Coast, and the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Caipirinha Love

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Caipirinha Love

The caipirinha goes way beyond a national drink. It appears to be the only drink in common place here. It can be found in sidewalk street carts, in shopping malls, and at beach stands, boasting tall displays of stacked fruits and various bowls of berries. Unlike the complicated and overpriced ‘delicacy’ found in upscale american [...]

Getaway to Itaparia

Known as a weekend getaway for wealthy Salvador residents, Itaparia island is quiet and comfortable on a summer weekday. We needed a break from the city, and the 35 minute ferry ride was an easy answer. We left around mid morning, spent the day enjoying the beach and were back at the hostel late in [...]