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Final Days in Brazil

January 5, 2011 by Chelsea Slone

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Our travels have been a little hectic the past few days, so we are doing a little bit of catching up from Rio. We apologize for the delays. Here are the last few highlights of our time spent in Brazil! Make sure you click on the image to get the full picture!

One of the seven wonders of the world is the Cristo Redentor, the Christ Redeemer, which is found in Rio de Janeiro. This is considered to be the second largest statue in the world. We arrived to this incredible statue by train. There are two ways to get to the top, by train or by bus. The train ride to the top gave us the feeling we were in a jungle, as it was so plush and green. Also, every once in a while a gap in the jungle displayed magnificent views of the city. Once we arrived at the top we were astounding not only the Cristo Redentor, but the panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro. It was a breathtaking experience.

After a full day of sightseeing we decided it was a great time to attempt the famous Brazilian “churrascaria.” A churrascaria is a buffet style all you can eat restaurant, with a focus primarily on meat. The buffet is filled with breads, cheeses, fish, pasta, and many other Brazilian prepared side dishes. The meat is brought out on individual platters by the waiters. You are given a card, one side green and the other side red in order to inform the staff if you do or do not want more meat served to your table. The waiters continue to bring you all different types of meat with a variety of preparation styles until you turn your card to red. This was an incredible experience, much better than the imitation restaurants located in the States. However, even after a long day, it was way too much food!

Now for a few little local flavors we found interesting. Guarana, a drink in which I became quite infatuated. It can be best described to taste similar to a ginger ale and cream soda mix with cherry flavor. It was so delicious I couldn’t get my hands on enough of the little green cans. Thank goodness they made the “zero” version.

A erythrina lysistemon, also called Lucky Bean Tree, is a tree native to South America producing beautifully dainty coral red blooms. This type of tree blossoms only once a year with the coral blooms only lasting a few weeks. The tree is not only beautiful in blossom, but the blooms also signify to the people it is time to plant their crops. We were lucky enough to be in Brazil during this time to see the beauty of it in action.

As much as I could go on about the many things we learned during our time in Brazil, these are the few we found most meaningful. Overall, Brazilian culture is very different from anywhere we have traveled before. Seeing as it is both of our first trips to South America I have a feeling we will have new experiences each day we spend here. We hope you have enjoyed being a part of our journey through Rio de Janeiro , Brazil.

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