There’s no question that my time spent in Floripa was absolutely remarkable. I met 25 strangers from all over the world that became 25 of my closest friends. Traveling solo has its benefits but now I truly believe traveling with a group has even more. I was able to do more, see more, feel more, … Continue reading Goodbyes Suck.
Before writing some closing thoughts, below are several more random observations I jotted down during my trip. Note that these are only specific to my own experience in Floripa so take them with a quarter of a grain of salt. Brasil is fanatical about wrapping meat and cheese in dough. Empanadas and pastels abound! I … Continue reading Floripa: Notable Odds and Ends
If there is one profession I have mastered, it’s being a beach bum. Growing up on the beach has its pros and cons. Pros: I can handle sitting on the beach all day because I know how to prepare. I know what dangerous water looks like and to avoid it like the plague. Sand, sweat, … Continue reading In Floripa, Life’s a Beach
There’s something about destination hiking that I absolutely adore. Whether the end of the trail offers expansive views, a water feature, or a historical landmark, it almost always makes the pain worth the effort. The trail we hiked on Saturday was no different. Costa da Lagoa is a small fishing village just outside our neighborhood … Continue reading Hiking to Costa da Lagoa…and Other Random Observations
One week! How is it possible one week has already passed!?!?! My social calendar overfloweth and I can hardly keep up. But I am like a pig in sh*t right now. It’s already been an incredible experience and I STILL have five more weeks to go. Winning! Here’s the skinny on where I am, what … Continue reading Saying “yes” in Floripa, Brasil
Boredom has set in like something fierce. I have the social life of a sloth and life is passing me by. Work work work. Work work work. Working from home is no fun if you don’t leave said home. So, I shall. I shall leave my hermit crab shell and set out on another solo … Continue reading Another solo adventure awaits…in Floripa, Brasil!
Another calm night was upon us and not a leaf flapped all night. I certainly didn’t have to worry about the tide as I was about 20 yards from the waterline, in the grass, so I had a better nights sleep. The only thing I worried about were the possible sounds of Godzilla footsteps around … Continue reading Kayaking the Exumas: 2nd Annual, Final Day
Camp setup was complete, lunch was digesting, and Tamara led us back out for a bonus afternoon paddle. We were heading to a sandbar that we had just paddled over a couple hours earlier at high tide on the way to Cluff’s Cay. So we were backtracking a couple miles but it would all be … Continue reading Kayaking the Exumas: 2nd Annual, Day 3 Cont’d
The sleeping issues improved as I wasn’t as worried about the rising tides but it still wasn’t a restful night. Having said that, I still awoke refreshed and eager for my morning swim at dawn’s early light. Swim is a strong word, more like a lazy water stroll. Sharks are always on the mind as … Continue reading Kayaking the Exumas: 2nd Annual, Day 3
I watched the sun as it slowly rose over the “bush” (as they call it in the Bahamas) and it brought the air temperature up just enough to take a morning dip in the ocean, for more reasons than one. The water was dead calm and still a bit nippy but when ya gotta go, … Continue reading Kayaking the Exumas: 2nd Annual, Day 2