Goin’ with the Flow in Brazil

We’ve reached the beginning of our fourth week in amazing Brazil!  We definitely enjoyed our 8-day retreat in beautiful Buzios and got to plan how to spend our final two weeks in the country.

After spending a week there with an awesome hostel owner of Hostel Geriba who had fabulous travel tips, I definitely realized that this is the best way to travel:

A few things booked to get us where we need to be, and the rest we make up as we go along based on information we gather on the road.

Doing that brought us up the northeast coast to Salvador.  This city is a bit rough and Lonely Planet warns of muggings and sketchy street-walkers, so we stuck to the advice of staying in the touristy area of Pelourinho.  It is known to show off its African roots as well as its colonial architecture.  The whole area includes cobblestone streets with outdoor eating spots, beautiful old churches and statues, as well as tourist police!

After a day of packing in as much as we could and getting a chance to chill at our hostel and meet some new people, we decided to hop on a boat a day earlier than we planned to head to our next suggested destination.

A few hours passed, and we arrived at our second Brazilian paradise: Morro de Sao Paulo.  This small section of an island has no motorized vehicles and only one sand covered street.  ‘Taxis” can be described as local guys pushing wheelbarrows full of tourists’ luggage around the winding and steep path to their accommodation.

This hot spot has postcard beaches with blue ocean in front, decorated with palm trees and jungle in behind.  Countless restaurants and bars with live music line the one street as well as the beaches to make for some lovely ambiance at any time of day.

So, going with the flow has allowed us to see amazing parts of Rio with our couch surfing host, a cute getaway in Buzios, and another hammock for me to lay in here in Morro de Sao Paulo.  We even have suggestions to keep our next two weeks full because of getting to know some locals and keeping our schedules open.

If travel time permits, I highly recommend this laid-back style.  I’m beginning to accept that the world is a huge place, and I’d rather enjoy different parts of it without rushing to check off as many places as possible in one go.  Moving to a new cities every two days no longer seems as appealing as taking time to really discover a place.

I even found a yoga class on my wanders today and was able to pay for a drop-in class.  The instructor wasn’t the best I’ve had, but my body was very thankful for the opportunity to stretch out after lugging around my backpack.  My mind and spirit were also grateful for the chance to experience a new teacher, style, language, and location.  I was laying out under the stars, with the sound of real ocean waves (not playing on a CD) and palm trees swaying overhead.  I even did my very first headstand (with help).  It was an hour experience that I’ll never forget.

We’re excited to keep the adventure going and to find more tips for our next country, Argentina!

2 Responses to Goin’ with the Flow in Brazil
  1. Emma Legon
    March 29, 2011 | 6:31 pm

    Hey – it sounds like you’re having a great time. Missing you and Edwin – Daegu just isn’t the same! Have a fantastic time in Argentina

    Big hugs Emma and Chris xxx

  2. […] has been the first extended period of unwinding since our days in Brazil about three months ago.  I highly recommend taking weeks “off” like this to recharge […]

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Goin’ with the Flow in Brazil

We’ve reached the beginning of our fourth week in amazing Brazil!  We definitely enjoyed our 8-day retreat in beautiful Buzios and got to plan how to spend our final two weeks in the country.

After spending a week there with an awesome hostel owner of Hostel Geriba who had fabulous travel tips, I definitely realized that this is the best way to travel:

A few things booked to get us where we need to be, and the rest we make up as we go along based on information we gather on the road.

Doing that brought us up the northeast coast to Salvador.  This city is a bit rough and Lonely Planet warns of muggings and sketchy street-walkers, so we stuck to the advice of staying in the touristy area of Pelourinho.  It is known to show off its African roots as well as its colonial architecture.  The whole area includes cobblestone streets with outdoor eating spots, beautiful old churches and statues, as well as tourist police!

After a day of packing in as much as we could and getting a chance to chill at our hostel and meet some new people, we decided to hop on a boat a day earlier than we planned to head to our next suggested destination.

A few hours passed, and we arrived at our second Brazilian paradise: Morro de Sao Paulo.  This small section of an island has no motorized vehicles and only one sand covered street.  ‘Taxis” can be described as local guys pushing wheelbarrows full of tourists’ luggage around the winding and steep path to their accommodation.

This hot spot has postcard beaches with blue ocean in front, decorated with palm trees and jungle in behind.  Countless restaurants and bars with live music line the one street as well as the beaches to make for some lovely ambiance at any time of day.

So, going with the flow has allowed us to see amazing parts of Rio with our couch surfing host, a cute getaway in Buzios, and another hammock for me to lay in here in Morro de Sao Paulo.  We even have suggestions to keep our next two weeks full because of getting to know some locals and keeping our schedules open.

If travel time permits, I highly recommend this laid-back style.  I’m beginning to accept that the world is a huge place, and I’d rather enjoy different parts of it without rushing to check off as many places as possible in one go.  Moving to a new cities every two days no longer seems as appealing as taking time to really discover a place.

I even found a yoga class on my wanders today and was able to pay for a drop-in class.  The instructor wasn’t the best I’ve had, but my body was very thankful for the opportunity to stretch out after lugging around my backpack.  My mind and spirit were also grateful for the chance to experience a new teacher, style, language, and location.  I was laying out under the stars, with the sound of real ocean waves (not playing on a CD) and palm trees swaying overhead.  I even did my very first headstand (with help).  It was an hour experience that I’ll never forget.

We’re excited to keep the adventure going and to find more tips for our next country, Argentina!

2 Responses to Goin’ with the Flow in Brazil
  1. Emma Legon
    March 29, 2011 | 6:31 pm

    Hey – it sounds like you’re having a great time. Missing you and Edwin – Daegu just isn’t the same! Have a fantastic time in Argentina

    Big hugs Emma and Chris xxx

  2. […] has been the first extended period of unwinding since our days in Brazil about three months ago.  I highly recommend taking weeks “off” like this to recharge […]

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Kristin’s Backpack won 1st Prize for TESL Ontario’s 2011 ESL Week Blog Contest.
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Welcome to Kristin’s Backpack! I jumped on the blogging bandwagon in 2010 to share my Canadian-theatrical-backpacking perspective on my world adventures. With my return to Canada, I will continue to dig into my pockets and reflect on life as it has come to involve Teaching, Travel, and Theatre. Time to unzip the pockets!
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This is what summer is all about- finished a book yesterday and am on to the next today.  I just opened The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, which has been on my shelf for ages.  I have been extremely interested in reading accounts that stem from true stories in a dark history that is often swept to the side.  
At the same time, I have been listening to The Maze Runner series as an audio book and have been extremely captivated by the young characters’ circumstances and their view on the world.  
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