Current Date: Monday, March 15, 2004 6:00p.m. (Mercedes, Argentina)
Current Itinerary: I'm heading into this natural reserve (I think it's called Ibera) tomorrow morning for a few days...it's supposed to be even better than the Pantanal. We'll see. After, I think I'll head south towards Buenos Aires, maybe stopping a couple places on the way but I'm toying with the idea of going west to Cordoba first.
Note#1: Life on the road has already brought me some cool unexpected twists, which you'll all read about soon. As I said before, I'll be getting you all caught up as fast as I can. Please keep all the e-mails coming...I love them!!
Note#2: This and the next e-mail coming aren't really "journals" persay but they were written during my time in SP...sort of a fun break and kind of informative. What follows began many, many, months ago as a short list of quotes that I really just started for myself...then I started making a couple lists of favorites and then it just kept growing so I decided to turn it into a journal for all to see. Most of it is from early in my trip. Anyway, below you will find some favorites, worsts, bests, and quotes.
Top 10 Favorite things about Brazil
4. Male/female ratio
5. Attitude of the
people and their zest for life
6. Wide variety of
terrain and cultures
8a. By the kilo meals
9. One word: Consumacao
10. "Todo bem"
2. Telephones (private,public
3. Head on draft
4. Difficulty of
buying cold beer in a store
5. Plastic cups
7. Customer Service
8. Getting directions
10. The popularity
1. "Where are
all the beautiful girls?"
Top 5 things I DON'T miss from home:
1. Lab Meeting
Top 5 inanimate objects I miss from home:
Some of My Favorite
tenemos un dicho...Si cabe la cabeza, cabe todo."
"Is that near
"And now, Bala,
on the vomit."
"There's a funny
sort of sink in the bathroom...I turned it on and it sprayed water all
over the place."
piss me off."
of this eye game..."
"...and my friend
becomes a girl"
"Do you know
where is my boyfriend?"
I'm gonna do."
make me angry."
not the first time he's touched that."
are the other 20, buried in the sand?"
probably coming to ask you for 10 reais"
"Oh, I used
to work in Chicago at the old department store..."
got the heavy head goin'."
"This is life"
"She does have
a kid though."
Theresa falls ill..."
"She said it
tasted like boiled dick."
In 2006, when I watch The World Cup, I am gonna be able to recognize all the Brazilian players.
Before this trip, I had spent 21 consecutive years going to school. This is the first time I haven't been a student since I was FIVE years old.
I don't think it's a coincidence that the largest bag of chips you can buy in Brazil is the "fun size" and there are not many fat people here.
As I have been stripped of access to TNT and TBS, this is clearly the longest stretch of time I have gone in the past 10 years without seeing “Die Hard” or “The Shawshank Redemption”
I don't really understand why buying fresh bread every day never caught on in the US.
The first thing to go on Brazilian cars has got to be the horn...the last thing to go must be the turn signals
Brazilian women could hold a world wide clinic and teach everyone else how to walk. I'm not sure if I've ever seen a woman's backside move in so many directions at the same time.
Watching NBA games with the commentary in Porteguese really just isn't the same.
Lastly...not specific to Brazil or traveling...but just a thought from the other day. One of the true joys in life has got to be finding that last beer in the fridge that you didn't see because it was hidden on the door. It's right there on the list next to finding a 10 in the pocket of your jeans.
And now some favorites/bests and a few numbers:
Favorite beach: Praia do Sono
Most beautiful place: Lencois de Marenhenses
Best Beer: Bohemia
Number of beers consumed: Yeah right
Best party: Olinda Carnival
Best street food: Meat on a stick
Most meat on a stick consumed in one day: lost count at 12 during Carnival
Favorite fruit to mix with drinks during Carnival: Maracuja
Favorite fruit to mix with drinks NOT during Carnival: Maracuja
Favorite fruit you can't find in the US: Maracuja
Cleanest city: Natal
Dirtiest city: tie...Belem/Sao Luis
Wettest city: Belem
Coldest city: Pouso Alegre
Hottest city: Recife
Best women: Belo Horizonte
Most women: Belo Horizonte
Best place to be a man: Belo Horizonte
Fewest women: Brasilia
Worse place to be a man: Brasilia
Best hostel: Lua Cheia (Natal)
Worst hostel: Tie--Rio/Fortaleza
Best food: Pernambuco
Approx. travel hours spent on planes/buses/boats/vans: 325
Percentage of that time I was freezing: 85%
Approx. miles traveled (within Brazil): 8000mi. (12,870 km.)
Number of times I couldn't believe my eyes: 10 zillion
Number of cities visited: over 30
Number of Regrets: 0
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