Diary, Travel

Brasil, belatedly. The final one.

Already half-a-year has (nearly) elapsed since the magrelinha and I landed on the hot tarmac of Natal airport’s runway. I haven’t written anything yet about my experiences there so, with the guilty conscience of a debtor being 6-months in arrears, I am going to make weekly repayments through this series of blog posts – Brasil, belatedly.

Here’s hoping your new year celebration was an enjoyable one. We spent the eve having dinner in our hotel room while watching the partying and countdown on television, then viewing part of the fireworks display in the distance from our terrace. Of course we could have chosen to be present in person but shoulder to shoulder crowds smelling of alcohol is not the ambiance we seek out.

The real bang was the first of January, when we set out on a walking tour of (a very small part of) the city. We combined this with a hobby of ours – geocaching. This is basically a modern day type of treasure hunting, using the phone’s GPS to locate hidden containers. These come in various sizes but as a minimum they must have a log book inside. The idea of the activity is to find the cache (which can be ingeniously hidden), sign the log book and replace it. Anyway, we ended up walking 22 kilometres,  finding 3 caches of the six we attempted. This is the route we took…


and here we are geocaching…

(You can watch a short video about the activity by clicking on this link: https://youtu.be/4SpBPkPfoC8.)

The first day of the year was also the first time I tasted “caldo de cana”. It’s the juice of the sugar cane, ever so simple to make. Take a 60cm piece of sugar cane…


put it through a roller, the silver contraption in the background…


and here is the result…


The only addition is ice, turning it into an absolutely refreshingly delicious, all natural drink. What still amazes me is how something that looks so solid can in fact contain so much liquid.

Saturday afternoon we were flying back to Natal for the final few days of this Brazilian stay.


So, this is also the final “greetings to all ” ending because we’ll be back on the pebble in the Mediterranean on Friday.


The “Brasil, belatedly” series. Click for: parts 1 to 11



2 thoughts on “Brasil, belatedly. The final one.

  1. Pingback: Brazil – Our 22 kilometres and his first sugar cane juice | Between seas and about all things

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