Brazil Blog Day 1 & 2

Photography: Longwood Graduate Fellows

IMG_3862Early Tuesday January 8, the first year Longwood Graduates and chaperones, David and Lori, kicked off our long awaited trip to Brazil.  After meeting at the airport in Miami, we flew, without a hitch, to Manaus, Amazones, Brazil.

After breezing through customs, we collected our luggage (luckily nothing was lost.) A wonderful Brazilian man named Alex was waiting for us. As he gave us a quick tour of Manaus, he told us about our agenda for the following day and delivered us to our hotel, the Go Inn.  We reminded each other to use bottled water for teeth brushing, had a short meeting and were off to sleep.

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It’s fair to say that until I arrived in Manaus, I never knew humidity. It wasn’t particularly hot, only 80 degrees, but the air stuck to us like dew on the morning lawn.  Immediately we were awestruck by the impressive humidity and the friendly people.

IMG_3967 IMG_3918 The next morning, we tried various juices of the region…Acerola, described by one Fellow as “mystery citrus deliciousness,” Maracuja (Passion Fruit) “tart and tropical” and Cupaucu with a “Limey Pear” flavor.  We admired Manaus’s varying architecture and walked around the famous, Teatro Amazones, where we were able to hear the Symphony rehearsing for the evening’s concert.  Before noon we visited many notable parks and public spaces that featured the influence of famed Brazilian landscape architect, Roberto Burle Marx.

That night we spent our first of three evenings on the Amazon Clipper, with our guides Hugo and Sardes. (Who have already helped us with a lot of tree and bird i.d.)  As we set sail, the air was so humid it began condensing into raindrops but a few minutes later a rainbow appeared. We enjoyed our first dinner on the boat and then went for a night cruise around the Rio Negro in small canoes to scout kamens, night hawks and frogs.  Along the way the stars came out. I mean hundreds and millions of twinkling, sparkling gems, so close together, one could hardly identify the constellations.  There was so much to see that we couldn’t look away. For the first time ever, we saw Orion’s bow and all at once we witnessed a falling star. The true meaning of “infinite” started to glimmer for each of us. As a result, I’ve started to believe that diamonds are just the earth’s attempt at mimicking the heavens.

Enjoy the photos—stay tuned for our adventures on day 3 and 4!

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7 Responses to Brazil Blog Day 1 & 2

  1. masandik says:

    nice photo, what next in day 3 & 4.

  2. avi says:

    omg! i know Alex – we wher in an amazing tour of Manaus with him!

  3. sconda says:

    Nice pictures, I actually love the first one most

  4. i love Longwood Graduate Fellows will share it

  5. Jay Dee says:

    Never been to Brazil yet, but I am looking forward to the day very soon. Just the thought of the humidty, how you described it, “The air stuck to us like dew on the morning lawn” Amazing! I have visited tropical Pacific nations such as Fiji, North Eastern Australia, and Bali, Indonesia. I too never knew humidity (Extreme) until I travelled these places, each with such a different intensity. So I can imagine what you actually felt that morning. Thanks for the heads-up on a part of Brazil. I am aiming to visit during the World Cup Soccer. So VIVA Brazil! Here I come! :)

  6. reyada says:

    nice photos!!!

  7. Raheel Nawaz says:

    Yes, I wish I can go and visit Manaus…Very well written Laurie, Good memories!

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