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Mar 14, 2016 - Direction Nord

Bonjour! L’aventure continue : La découverte du Brésil direction nord, nord-est. Salvador (3 ième plus grande ville au Brésil) ou j’ai passé presque 8 jours entre coupé par un séjour de 4 jours au Parc Chapada de Diamantina. Ce séjour au parc fut super et comme à Ilha Grande ça m’a permis de recontacter avec la nature. Ça s’avère nécessaire après des villes comme Rio et Salvador. Comme au parc j’ai fait des beaux trekkings. Salvador m’a un peu déçu. Certains quartiers sont bien : Barra (ou je vivais), Centro Antiko, Vittoria, etc. Mais...

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AmericaDelSuRo

Apr 3, 2014 - April 3, 2014 – Fortaleza, Brazil

April 3, 2014 – Fortaleza, Brazil We docked this morning at 8. Our local guide was on hand to give us the tour of the city. The 1st thing we saw was the old lighthouse which we could not go into. It now sits in the middle of a favela, and it is not safe to get out of the car. We then drove to the Praca Monsenhor Amarilio memorial from which we got a good overview of the city. The next stop was at the office of the Governor of Ceara state. There was a park there and memorial to the dictator who ruled Brazil in the 1960’s. Across the street...

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Apr 2, 2014 - April 2, 2014 – Aboard Regatta headed to Fortaleza, Brazil

April 2, 2014 – Aboard Regatta headed to Fortaleza, Brazil This morning I got up and went to the top deck to walk. I met Dave up there, and we did a couple of laps together although he was almost through just as I began. I had tried to be quiet when I left the cabin, but I woke Patsy up. It took me about 20 minutes to walk a nautical mile (only way they measure it) on the track. When I got back I woke her up again although I again tried to be quiet. I jumped in the shower, and when I was dressed I was ready to go to breakfast. I happened to...

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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!

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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Vamos Brasil 2013!

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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Vamos Brasil 2013!

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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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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South America

Jan 21, 2010 - Fortaleza, Brasil

Fortaleza, basically just a stop on the way down the coast to break up the bus trip. We found a decent hostel with air conditioning and had a surprisngly good Italian supper. The next day we wandered around but since it was Sunday, there wasn´t much open. We bought a giant watermelon to quench our thirsts. Watermelon is so much better in South America. They still have the black seeds and are much tastier. I was more excited about going to Natal, our next stop. They have day long dune buggy tours there. Apparently you can drive the entire...

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Feb 8, 2009 - Fortaleza, Brazil

Feb 8 DAY 9 FORTALEZA Today we started our day with a shuttle to H. Stern jewelry store. It was a little too upscale. A pair of drop crystal and 18 K gold earrings were priced at $900 US. Then six of us piled into a cab for a $7 US fare to the public market. Pretty normal stuff – shirts, embroidery, table cloths and very nice shoes. We found that ATMs only function from 10 am to 6 pm. Not sure why that is. Then we took in the Cathedral, the third largest in Brazil. We walked the area then headed for the fort which took us through a very...

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