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Mar 21, 2014 - Canoas Quebrada to Ubajara National Park, Brazil

Friday 21st March 2014 Canoas Quebrada to Ubajara National Park, Brazil Today we left the beach town of Canoas Quebrada at around 7:00am as we continued our journey north. Today the weather is fine and hot again. It was a long drive and when we arrived at the National Park at about 5:00pm, it was at the wrong gate so we had to go back and out of that area and head over the mountains to the other side of the range which took quite some time. We camped in the grounds of quite a nice hotel and so quite a few people upgraded to rooms. The hotel...

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Feb 23, 2014 - Armacao, Salvador, Recife, Fortaleza in Brazil

Sunday 16 February Day 45 - Armacao Dos Buzios, Brazil John went ashore on his own because it's a tender port. The town is located on a small peninsula jutting out from the main Brazilian Mainland and had been discovered by pirates first who smuggled Brazilwood to Europe but they were banished by the Portuguese who set up the colony in 1575. It has a long continuous history of 500 years and the buildings reflect that. It is reputed to be one of the ten most beautiful tourist destinations in the world. When John got back he said he'd...

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Dec 7, 2013 - Finishing the program

Hi all, I realize it has been a while now since my last update, but it has been a busy three weeks! I finished up my time researching in Vale do Capão in the Chapada Diamantina, Bahia and spent a day in Salvador, Bahia before returning to Fortaleza to write my monograph and present it to the program. My last week and a half in Vale do Capão could not have been better. I finished up my interviews and was able to revisit Cachoeira da Fumaça, the tallest waterfall in Brazil, before leaving. This time it was full and flowing beautifully...

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Vamos Brasil 2013!

Oct 8, 2013 - From the beach to the desert

Hi Friends and Family! I hope you are all having a great fall and would love to hear about it! I am currently in Fortaleza again, but I haven’t been here long nor do I intend to stay. Since Canoa Quebrada, I spent the remainder of September in Fortaleza recovering from a weak stomach, going to classes, and working at IPOM for one last week. When I left IPOM on Friday and said a final goodbye to the kids, they truly made me feel like I had an impact and that they enjoyed having me there even when I hadn’t felt very productive. They hugged...

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Sep 22, 2013 - Let's go to the beach!

It has been another eventful week in Northeast Brazil. Last weekend, I went to the beach (Praia do Japon) and got some sun and amazing food. I also went to a samba party that night but sadly didn’t really learn the dance. Parties here are often outdoors and involve live music, which I love. I am learning more and more about Fojo, Funky, and Brazilian Pop. Some of it is upbeat and lots of fun, but some of it is reminiscent of Brazilian country music which I am not a big fan of. The next day I accompanied a friend’s host family to a...

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Sep 9, 2013 - Sickness, Dunes, and Music

It has been a busy week! Since Wednesday, I have gotten sick, gone to the hospital, recovered, celebrated the Brazilian Independence day, went to the sand dunes for the sunset, attended a Beyonce concert, and had two days of Portuguese and seminars. Wednesday night I caught a bad food bug and spent all of Thursday sleeping, being sick, and taking meds. Friday I still was too weak to go to school even though I was starting to eat again, so my program's assistant insisted that I go to the hospital. I got some blood work done and lots of IV...

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Vamos Brasil 2013!

Sep 4, 2013 - Classes and homestay

Bom Dia Todo! I have now been in Fortaleza with SIT for just over one week. I am now at my homestay where I will stay until November and then again in December. Classes have started and I am well on my way to learning Brazilian Portuguese! Practice at the homestay is helping me more than anything else. My host family consists of myself, my younger sister, who is 12, and my mom, who is widowed. I have my own room and bathroom with cold showers and non-suction toilets. I sleep in a hammock (mainly by choice because the bed is more of a box...

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Aug 29, 2013 - First impressions

I’ve been in Brazil for less than 24 hours and I’ve already had Vitamina do Acai, learned basics of Portuguese, and accustomed myself to the Brazilian perception of time. Last night I arrived to find that my hostess was out partying and would not answer her phone. She showed up two hours late to get me and instantly greeted me with dois bezerras (two kisses into the air, one on each cheek.) After 19 hours of finding my way by using Portunol (Portuguese-Spanish combo) I finally could unwind and relax. Today, Oelito (the program assistant)...

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Feb 27, 2013 - Fortaleza, Brazil

We had a partial day in Fortaleza. That is, we got in around 9:00 and left about 4:00 – just enough time for a short sightseeing trip around the city. Fortaleza is a city of about 3 million. It is also a city where you do not want to be on your own. We took a bus tour of some of the highlights: the obligatory cathedral; a craft and food market; the beaches. No matter where you turn, you see evidence more strongly here than anywhere else so far of Brazil’s duality: great wealth concentrated in the few and great poverty un-concentrated almost...

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Oct 8, 2012 - Jericoacoara

Notre prochaine étape : Jericoacoara, paradis des hippies et des kite surfeurs. Pour atteindre le village, il faut prendre un véhicule 4x4 qui peut rouler dans le sable comme à Cabo Polonio en Uruguay. Nous avons trouvé ici un camping sympathique avec des travailleurs brésiliens et des hippies qui vendent des bracelets, nous y sommes donc restés plusieurs jours. En plus, le terrain était rempli de cajueiros et des cajus tombaient sur la tente. Après avoir vu le plus grand cajueiro du monde, nous avions ici des cajus à profusion. Le village...

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Nov 26, 2011 - Jericoacoara

Hiya, From Belem I caught the bus to Forteleza where I met a Swiss girl - Angela - and on Wednesday we both headed up to Jericoacoara, a little travellers paradise in far corner of Brazil accessible only by jeep. Jeri itself is tiny, with just a few streets which are just sand, lots of shops, restaurants and pousadas (places to sleep). Jeri is a very popular wind and kite surfing spot however it is also a nice place to stay still for a few days and enjoy the sea. Most of the last few days have been spent doing just that, sitting on the...

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Jan 16, 2011 - Fortaleza

Sunday, January 16, 2011 Our tour of Fortaleza began at the boardwalk along the seashore, which was right outside our hotel. Megan is our guide and told us the history of the city that began with the story of a Portuguese nobleman falling in love with an Indian maiden. There were a number of statues along the way portraying events in their lives. The beach is well used by people engaged in sports, exercise groups, a handicraft market, a fishing village and just pure enjoyment. The biggest event is New Year’s Eve when up to one million...

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