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04 February 2013

Still peeling

Day 2: Prainha (a beautiful little beach) and Churrasco (a great little BBQ)!

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See that unshaded shoulder? Other than my forehead, that spot was probably the worst of my sunburn. Three things: 1) make sure the sunscreen is evenly applied everywhere, 2) re-apply, and 3) it's probably not best for a northern girl to go bobbing in south-of-the-equator waves when the mid-summer sun is near its strongest on a sunshiny day.

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I was driven into the sandy beach by waves a few times, nicely exfoliating my legs. Um, yeah. That only happened a few times before I figured it out!

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I wore my new bathing suit and I was not the only woman wearing a one-piece on the beach! (Close, but there were a few others.) I listened when the saleswoman told me that people tend to buy suits a size larger, when really they should buy a size smaller because they stretch when they're wet; so I bought the smaller of the two I'd tried on, and should have gone down even one more (this may not hold true for a two-piece -- I'll never know -- but a one-piece really does get weighed down by water!).

I brought two cover-ups with me and never wore either one, opting instead for the the canga with the Copacabana design that I bought at the beach! I love that thing. It's what everyone wears/uses at the beach and they come in a zillion different designs. I even bought a dress made from a canga. I can't wait for summer so I can wear it!

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We rented an umbrella and a couple of chairs, and settled in (or got wet, or dug a hole in the sand). The woman visible just left of center, above the large rock, was carrying a large selection of bikinis for sale; she found willing customers in the folks just behind the rocks on the right!

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I really can't think of a better way to spend the better part of Day 2.

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After a few hours at the beach, we made our way over the mountain to a co-worker's house where we'd been invited for churrasco. It was a lovely house with a beautiful outdoor kitchen/BBQ, fully plumbed, and a sauna. Who knew? The house that Annie lives in has a sauna room, also. Saunas are quite popular in Brazil!

The sauna might have actually helped my sunburn, which was quite fresh at the time, by super-hydrating my skin. I don't know. It was never really painful, except for my shoulder and that was because of irritation from various straps.

The food! The drinks! Our hosts & new friends! So many delectably grilled meats, I lost count; farofa, salads, and other beautiful side dishes. I managed only to photograph that lovely lime dessert, of which I indulged in two pieces (and that was really one too many but it was so good). Caipirinha with lychee and lime and other citrus. Our hosts were a co-worker of Annie & Brian's, his wife, and another couple who are very good friends; the co-worker and the wife of the other couple spoke English (he very well, she learning). It was all very fun, with lots of kisses and hugs.

Impressions: Not everyone in Brazil looks like a model. Not even close. Most looked a lot like me. Wearing a bikini. (I did not, would not, will not wear a bikini.) MORE CRAZY DRIVING! Beach. Sand. Even more relaxed. Vacation. Food. Laughter. Friends.

 

Comments

That sounds like a perfect day!

You fit right in, immersed yourself in the culture, and had a wonderful vacation day! Job well done.

Wow! Oh, Vicki! What a wonderful experience! Such a beautiful place. (Except, maybe, the sunburn.) Thanks so much for sharing your trip with us.

Poor shoulder- lots of aloe. Sounds like paradise. Thanks for sharing, I love to travel vicariously.

Sounds like the perfect trip at this time of year. Your photos are a lovely respite from the snowy view outside my window today.

sounds delightful. except for the sunburn. it is hard to believe the weather is like that somewhere when it's so ...not... like that here!

I love hearing about your adventures in Rio. Looks like a great time. Yes - that Brazilian sun is not kind to northern pale winter skin. I usually sit under the umbrella the entire time... and even then I burnt the tops of my feet because I didn't realize they were peaking out from under the umbrella. I'm making black beans with linguica right now!

You are making me desperately jealous of your trip, and I tend to not be a fan of heat or too much sun. And yet, you have managed. Keep the stories coming.

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