"Poor poor Niagra"

Upon seeing Iguazu, the United States' First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt reportedly exclaimed "Poor Niagara!" (which, at 50 m or 165 feet, are a third shorter). Savannah and I were able to visits one of the seven natural wonders of the world a few weeks ago, Foz do Iguaçu. Its beauty can't really be described but I did the best I could by uploading a video for you of what we saw. They say seeing is believing but even this video that you will see doesn't give it justice. Because sometimes feeling or experiencing something is  so much stronger than seeing.

Paraná and Barueri

 My stay on the beach in Camboriu finally came to end. The week consisted of further research for TV azul and Vigzul. When the weekend arrived I took the opportunity to check out some of the Bailadas (Dance Clubs).  I was not yet aware that brazilians stay up till the sun comes up the next day, and when I  saw the sun coming up my body came to the  sudden realization that it was time for bed. After a weekend full of house music. I flew back with my supervisor back to São Paulo Campinas to meet up with Savannah, and move into our apartment. When we arrived at  our apartment we realized we would be staying in a hostel again.. on the bright side being around poverty makes you appreciate the things back home and how blessed we are to live in the United States. After a week of work I flew down to Curitiba to visit a family I knew from Rio de Janeiro. When I arrived in Curitiba I could already perceive the differences of this airport to previous ones I had seen in Brazil, the airport reminded me of the US airports. There is a very strong European influence in Curitiba. When I saw the family again my heart swelled with joy it had been three years since I had seen this family. To see the changes in the children and their growth was incredible.  Over the weekend we explored the city and saw some of the sites I even attempted to dance Forro (brazilian country music...). Monday morning came back around and I flew back into work to go back at the grind.

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Night view of Balneario

Night view of Balneario

View from the Curitiba tower.

View from the Curitiba tower.

Corpus Christi

This weekend has been an extra long weekend in Brazil, thanks to a religious holiday that put the entire country on hold. (Brazilians are famous for taking extra days off of work whenever possible. I think it's a Latin American thing...but don't tell them that. They HATE to be lumped together with all of the countries that were settled by Spaniards.)

Although I think the majority of Brazilians use this holiday as an excuse to have work off, spend time with family while guzzling alcoholic beverages and flocking to the beach, its roots, in actuality, are religious. Translated directly from Latin, this holiday celebrates the body of Christ.

Celebrated with large "tapetes" (carpets) made from flowers, colored sands, and spices, Corpus Christi is fascinating to foreign eyes. Being in a smaller town, there aren't the mile-long carpets laid on top of blacktop, but we did find a small sand painting located in the back of a modest Catholic Church. (According to my boyfriend, every church is supposed to have the procession and Christ-like paintings of peace and holiness, but apparently everyone here decided to make the two-hour journey to the beach instead...)

I've included images of the tapete that I visited below. I am impressed with the detail used when it is completely made out of various colors of sand. (You tap the picture to move through the gallery.)

On to the next adventure!

<3 Savannah

Bom dia, Brasil

My heart fills with joy as I inhale the beauty of each day here. Camboriú is a beautiful, lazy beach town with a vivacious nightlife. On to the next adventure!

There are few things in this lifetime more beautiful than a Brazilian sunrise over the ocean.

There are few things in this lifetime more beautiful than a Brazilian sunrise over the ocean.

O Jeitinho Brasileiro (Finding a way to get it done.)

     Well, our first week started off somewhat hectic as we arrived in Guarulhos Airport in São Paulo, where we were greeted by William. He proceeded to help us with our bags and off we went toward Alphaville. During our drive on the freeway, I realized that Utah drivers may be some of the worst in the world, but we are definitely not the craziest. Savannah and I felt that we came within inches of death at least three times with cars and motorcyclists swerving and dashing in front of us. When we arrived at our destination, we found out that we would be staying in a hostel for a few days. The housing would not be open until the 1st of June. As Thursday approached, our time in the hostel was running out. So our supervisor graciously offered for us to stay down in an apartment on the beach in Balnéario Camboriú.

Local fishers throw large nets into the ocean in Camboriú. When they are close to fully pulling it out, people gather to see what treasures they find in the ocean!

Local fishers throw large nets into the ocean in Camboriú. When they are close to fully pulling it out, people gather to see what treasures they find in the ocean!