Salvador: up front and personal

I won’t say it was a rough drive in from the airport, but our introduction to Salvador was a new experience for us. The drive in, along a scenic road alongside the ocean, I thought I’d found my new favorite city. But Salvador had more in store for us. The poverty here is overwhelming in [...]

15 hours in Bela Horizonte

In a nutshell, it was a quick trip and we don’t have too much to report. We didn’t see as much as we should have, didn’t give the city too much of a chance, and really should have stayed longer. We didn’t stay for two reasons: we found the trip from Rio to Bela Horizonte [...]

The winding roads of Tiradente

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The winding roads of Tiradente

Driving from Buzios up through the mountains and valleys, past signs asking drivers to watch for monkeys and through narrow pebble-lined pathways built hundreds of years ago… At the end this journey we found ourselves amongst the rock lined sidewalks of Tiradente. Having only a few hours here was heartbreaking- this historic town is charming [...]

Praia de Cabo Frio

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Praia de Cabo Frio

Another day, another beach. The summer heat is nearly impossible without the care of the ocean water, and any day wouldn’t seem quite right without it. Bring on the beach at Cabo Frio- a bigger city on the edge of pure white sand. With it comes bigger crowds, more beach vendors and a bit less [...]

Sugar Cane Juice

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Sugar Cane Juice

The Brazilians seem to juice just about everything imaginable here. Simple roadside fruit carts pulled by horses and fancy city juice bars are prevelent just about everywhere.  Our first night in Brazil we were taken to a shop in the small rural town near our place for sugar cane juice.  I’d heard of this before.  I knew that cane juice [...]

Dave´s Wicked Stomach

I love the street stalls and the beach vendors, but when it comes to trying the risky things I´ve become terribly nervous and backed down.  Dave, on the otherhand seems to have a braver way of confronting the food in small town Brazil.  I´ve watch him devour fresh oysters from a man selling them on the [...]

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Summer in Brazil

This will be a quick post since internet is a bit challenging at the property we are staying in. We’ll follow up with photos once we find an internet cafe. The flight from North Carolina to Rio de Janeiro was not nearly as bad as I had planned. We were lucky enough to score seats [...]