Remember my trip to Brasil in May? Yeah, I remember it like it was yesterday… I’ve been overwhelmed with photos ever since my return, but wanted to give you a few morsels. Here are a few photos. I’ll post more soon.
Rio de Janeiro at sunset (this is the lagoon that is half salt water and half fresh water). Very similar to this photo I took on Victoria Island last year.
Floripa is a resort island / village with some nice resorts and dunes. Cool place.
Also from Floripa, and this is the beach.
This is what a favela looks like. There are over 500 of them in Rio de Janeiro.
Door handle down in Brasil.
I took my Moleskine notebook with me to Brazil and captured about eight pages of notes about random things I thought about. I decided to share them with you. Here’s the first two pages.
- We boarded an airplane in Floranopolis without even showing our identity or passport. Just gave them our tickets and we were set to go. Freaky.
- A neat name for a skydiving company would be “Golden Parachute.”
- Airplane headrests are too high. It’s really difficult to fall asleep when you can’t put your head back into a resting position. I only saw one airplane that actually had decent headrests the whole trip.
- MythBusters should find out if 30% of your body’s heat is really lost through your head. This just can’t be true.
- I saw an exact duplicate of Wheel of Fortune except it was in Portuguese. Amazing, too, was the fact that I couldn’t understand any of the letters and vowls. The contestants would say one thing, and I heard something totally different.
- Rio de Janeiro means “River of January.” It was discovered on January 1st and entered in a ships log book.
- Rio de Janeiro has a lagoon that is half salt water, and half fresh water. This means that different types of fish exist in the same lake, but at separate levels.
- The Brazilians believe it was a Brazilian that invented the airplane.
- Brazilians eat a lot more mango, pinapple, and coconut than we do.
- I saw only one wifi spot in Brasil that was reasonably priced. It was an Apple iCafe (not sure if it was official) in downtown Rio de Janeiro, near Copacabana Beach. In US dollars it was about $1.25 for 15 min.
- Millions of people live in favelas which are slums. The people that live in them go to work in the city and work in hotels, restaurants, and everywhere in between.
- The voltage in Rio de Janeiro is 110v and 220v. In Floripa it is mostly 220v.
- Interesting things to eat: quail eggs, duck, mango, ravioli filled with brie cheese, shrimp, oysters.
- Why do horses need shoes and what other domesticated animals might need shoes?
- While in Rio de Janeiro I had a really good Churro… also referred to as Brazilian Donuts… hot caramel injected into a type of sugary bread. Most excellent.