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  • Day43

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (part one)

    February 15, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Wow! Three full days in Rio! We are always given little talks about always being aware onshore for pickpockets and petty crime, but the warnings for Rio were downright intense. Apparently, Rio has a reputation for robbery crimes-we have gone in with nothing-no jewelry, watches, bags, etc.
    We took a 5 hour walking tour our first morning and we had 2 bodyguards for 12 of us. Enough of that.
    We learned some fascinating history and heard about some of the problems that are prevalent present day, specifically, the cost of living being far too high for wages that can be earned. There are myriad issues that come from this, including the ever-growing “favelas” and drug and gang activity. Sounds like some bad politicians.
    We located a guide that took us out to a couple of clubs this evening. It was interesting in that getting there in his car, we saw no one walking around, yet the actual area where the clubs were, were teeming with people. There is zero tolerance for drinking and driving so people take a taxi to where they are partying, then take a taxi back out.
    We visited 2 clubs with live music, drank caipirinhas and yes, danced the samba. It was definitely an experience and we got a real taste of night life in Rio.
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  • Day38

    Potatoes and Pineapple Brazilian Style

    January 4, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    Maria and the girls join us for a BBQ this evening. Steaks and the usual fare accompanied by a side of Brazilian potato and pea salad and followed by a Brazilian pineapple dessert. Dimitra questioned the authenticity of the salad. The dessert didn't set in time so plenty left over.

    I would recommend the dessert for the health conscious. It is a pineapple liquefied in a food processor with lime juice and some sugar added.
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