The Greatest Drink in the World

The Greatest Drink in the World

  Working behind the simple plastic table, the beach bartender’s hands move with the efficient speed born from hours of repetitive practice. The mashing of the lime, the quick, unmeasured scoops of sugar, and then that oh so magical elixir – cachaça! Cachaça, the powerful firewater distilled from cane sugar native to Brazil. Ice is added and the drink shaken […]

10 Reasons to Celebrate Oktoberfest in Brazil

10 Reasons to Celebrate Oktoberfest in Brazil

October  is my favorite time of year in Brazil. It is full of everything I love: chocolate, beer, beaches, wearing costumes, dancing, singing, parades, authentic German food, cheesy photo opportunities, and overall revelry. That’s why one of our favorite events and places in Brazil is Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest takes place in Blumenau, a very German city in Brazil. Also the pretty city of of […]

Rota das Cachoeiras

Rota das Cachoeiras

About 50 miles west of Joinville, tucked into the Itapocu Valley, is a remarkable trail passing by 14 separate waterfalls as it traces the path of the Rio Novo. Over the course of the 2900 meters the trail continues up (and up, and up!) until it culminates at the base of the Salto Grande waterfall – which drops almost 125 meters. […]

Turistas in the Jungle

Turistas in the Jungle

Shortly after moving to Brazil, we were so impressed with the mountains surrounding our small city of Joinville that we couldn’t wait to go hiking.  Dale researched several trails in the Joinville area and read the reviews in Portuguese.  He found one particular trail that the Brazilian reviewer reported was “facil” or easy in Portuguese.  This “muito facil” (very easy) […]

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

The crowd of people. The lights, the sounds, the street food. The carnival is in town. Only this one is spelled Carnival (well, Carnaval) and its excitement has taken over the Cidade Maravillhosa. That Marvelous City – Rio de Janeiro. This was our second trip to Rio. Our first time in was so much fun. Rio always looked incredible in […]