Leading up to my Brazilian adventure, I wondered how South America was going to compare to the rest of my travel experiences. Up until Brazil, my travels had taken me through Australasia, Europe, North America and the Caribbean, rendering me a complete stranger to South America.
As per usual, I did a fair bit of reading to familiarize myself with my destination, and as per usual, my expectations were far exceeded. Brazil blew me away. A nation so unique – the people, the culture, the food, the beaches, the mountains, and so many other things that amalgamate to provide an extraordinary travel experience – an experience that can’t be beat, or at least not without the same flair.
The people are the true beauty of Brazil. They are oozing with spirit and energy – an energy that is so contagious it had me tapping my feet to the beats of Samba as I boarded my flight back to Canada. Brazilians are vivacious and captivating, to say the very least, and it’s therefore not surprising that people-watching is one of the best things to do as a tourist in Brazil. The energy and zest for life that Brazilians exude is remarkable and so admirable that I wish we would adopt the same qualities here in North America.
Aside from its people, Brazil’s landscape is one to marvel at. The mountains seem boundless, the sea is mesmerizing, and everything else is somehow sprinkled across this breathtaking terrain. Between the mountains, the beaches, the Samba, and the parties, it’s amazing that Brazilians even have time to enjoy good food. The world famous Brazilian steakhouses were exquisite, and the abundance of high quality meats certainly satisfied my meat-loving appetite.
This small dose of Brazilian culture was the perfect introduction to South America, and I can’t wait to go back!
Photo Credit: Brazilian people