Be careful what you wish for

The 1995 enforcement of a Chicago ordinance to ban the sale of spray paint was, by all public opinion, a good thing. Of course the legislators knew it wouldn’t curb the taggers completely but I have to whole-heartedly agree that it has kept the majority at bay. The gang paraphernalia had to go, but there […]

Hostel Scene Tonight

I guess everyone is staying in tonight in preparation for New Years tomorrow!

Obrigado Brasília

‘Thank you Brazil’ in Portuguese. What a country. It’s famous for some of the things I enjoyed most about it’s sandy shores but it has so much more to offer. To the untrained eye its Christ the Redeemer and warm equatorial beaches… not a bad start. Brazil was amazing in my mind for so much […]

Iguazu Photos

Per request of my Dad, photos of Iguazu Falls are now up! Click here to see them.

Leaving Rio

It’s our last day in Brazil; tomorrow we head to Buenos Aires through the holidays. Aside from waking up one morning to a line of ants crawling directly across my pillow, overall it’s been a great experience. However, I am excited to “settle down” a bit in B.A. and spend a little more time in […]

Goodbye World, Hello Rio

We made it to Rio! If the world does end tomorrow, at least I can say I spent my last day on Ipanema beach. And if the world doesn’t end, check back soon for pics of Christ the Redeemer…

Amazon Rundown

I´ll allow Z to give you the full play-by-play of the Amazon tour. He is much better at remembering the names of the animals anyway. In the meantime, I´ll brief you on the highlights of the trip, the first being our sloth tracking adventure which resulted in this:

December 16th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , | Category: Brazil | 3 comments

Welcome to the Jungle

We landed Tuesday in a city called Manaus. It’s a fairly large city (almost 2 million people) that grew so big in such a remote region of the world because of their rubber export boom in the late 19th century. Remote is an understatement. There is unimpeded tropical rainforest for over 1,000 miles in every […]

Playing Charades

Well, we arrived safely and on time to Salvador, Brazil a few days ago and became immediately aware of the non-transferrability of our Spanish skills in this Portuguese-speaking country. More surprisingly, almost none of the Brazilians we’ve met speak any English at all, leading to an interesting night of exploring the city without proper directions […]


Acronyms. If you’re flying in South America you can’t avoid them. Just look: TAM, GOL, TRIP, TACA, LAN. All names of airlines that operate in South America. I can’t even keep track of them anymore. All I know is that I just booked two Brazilian airpasses on GOL airlines through BROL, the online travel agency […]