Travel Blog: Brazil
On June 29 I boarded a plane with my mother and sister, beyond excited to be spending a month in Brazil where I would travel and spend time with my mothers family. If you didn't already know this my mom was born and raised in Brazil and came to the United States when she was 27 years old, where she met my dad. My mom's entire family, including her 9 brothers and sisters, live in Brazil.
During my time there we stayed with my mom's twin sisters. They live in a small two bedroom house near some of our other family members. Many of you probably think that I had a luxurious stay in Brazil, I don't want to be dramatic but most of the time it was far from it. My mom's family struggles to make ends meet and experiencing life the way they do really puts things into perspective. It also helps you realize money isn't everything. Family, love, compassion and surrounding yourself with people that make life worth living is what really matters. Every night my sister and I would hear sirens in the neighborhood which we stayed and find out about later how there were armed men robbing people on the streets. It's definitely far from the life I experience here in the states where I feel safe 95% of the time walking around the streets at night. This is beside the fact but I wanted to set up the scene for you guys. My sister and I were lucky enough to know a little bit of Portuguese and have cousins who know English. This made life 100 times easier. Also without my mom translating for us, life would have been extremely difficult.
During the first week and a half we spent time with our family and stayed in the city of São Paulo. I cannot even explain how much guarana (a popular Brazilian soda) I had. Also just all the food there, I ate too much. A little after a week into our time there we boarded our first flight with one of our aunts to travel to Caldas Novas, Goiás where were there for about five days. During our time there we went to a hot springs water park which was such a great time. I drank coconut water, played with birds and got to hold parrots and toucans. My sister and I also got to zip line over this beautiful lake which was also a lot of fun! I'll insert some pictures here.
Not going to lie, that week really felt like a vacation. Hanging out by the pool, tanning and having a couple drinks was definitely relaxing. After 4 days, it was time for us to head back to São Paulo because just two days later we were going to be on another plane and off to our next adventure.
Our next location was south of São Paulo, near the Argentina and Paraguay border. We boarded another early morning flight with excitement. We were heading to Foz do Iguacu, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. These waterfalls are 2.7 kilometers, making them one of the largest waterfalls in the world. Seeing this was incredible, our world is absolutely beautiful. You can see these waterfalls from Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Pictures don't even do this place justices. When visiting you are able to stand in the center of the waterfalls, also called the devil's throat. It was truly breathtaking.
During our time in Foz do Iguacu it was fairly cold which sucked, especially when the first two out of five nights we were stuck in a HORRIBLE hotel that had no running hot water, heat, disgusting beds and just a unpleasant situation to be in. After those two nights of hell (seriously my sister cried) our travel agency finally put us in a suite in a very nice hotel, which I don't want to say made up for those past two nights but it definitely made it better. During our time there we ended up visiting Paraguay and Argentina to do some shopping, but I didn't get to see as much of those countries as I wish I did. By the end of these 5 days I was so excited to get back to my aunts house and be in a warm bed with my family again. At this point in our trip we only had a week left before we were going back to America and we were all so excited. I think at this point we were all exhausted from traveling (seriously we had been on 6 planes by this point in the trip and countless busses). We really just wanted to go home and see my dad and our pets. We spent our last week eating so much good food and spending time with my family playing games and touring the city. Finally the time came to make sure all of our stuff was packed and we were ready to go. We said our goodbyes and got dropped off at the airport. We checked our bags then went to the immigration area before we boarded our plane, only to find out that they weren't going to let my sister through because she was a minor and she didn't have the proper paperwork since she was only traveling with one parent. I ended up getting on the plane and coming back because I was so over being in Brazil and wanted to get back to my bed at home and I also had to get to work a few days later. I'm not going to get too into what happened with my sister but yes she is back home! My sister has a YouTube video on what happened to her and her experience so I will link HERE. She also has made a couple beauty videos so check out her channel and give my little sister some love.
Overall, I had such a great trip but am happy to be back home. I think it was hard being in another country where I don't speak the language for a whole month. I'm so thankful I was able to go to Brazil and experience another culture and spend time with family and visit the country where she grew up.
I'm sorry that this blog is about a week late. I've been busy moving out of my apartment and getting my life together. Also my this past weekend, my sweet little angel Toby passed away which has been hard. Toby was the sweetest and most kind hearted dog ever. He loved belly rubs and chewing on bones. He was ten which is old for cocker spaniels so it was his time. If you guys could send a couple prayers his way to make sure he's happy in dog heaven I would appreciate it. My other dog Bailey, who grew up with him has been sad as well so some prayers sent her way would also be nice.