Food is something that brings the world together. Each culture has its own traditions and favorite foods. As a self proclaimed foodie, I was so excited to try cuisines in the countries they originated in. During my travels, I have discovered and will undoubtedly continue to discover culinary treasures around the globe. I am honored to share with you, My Elephant Tribe, the amazing meals I have enjoyed throughout the world.
Words can’t even begin to describe today. We started the day by walking around the city. We headed toward Sugarloaf Mountain, but as we got closer it got more and more overcast. So we decided to head back to the apartment to relax for a little while. In retrospect it was the smartest decision we could have made, but we didn't know it at the time. In fact, we didn't know it until much later.
Around 5pm we headed out for dinner. We ended up at the same place as last night. Up until this point neither of us had brought up the previous nights argument. At dinner the subject was finally broached and we both acknowledged that this isn't easy and that we get to have our own journeys at some point along the way. We get to continue to strengthen our relationship with each other as well as ourselves. We get to have it all. Life is about choices. However, its also about what you do with those choices. Make them wisely. Don't make rash decisions. Now, I’m not saying don't make spur of the moment choices. Please do, those are the ones that make life exciting. What I am saying is, don’t make choices because you feel as though you have to. If Brian and I had made a decision rashly we would be choosing ourselves over our relationship and that would be a lose/lose situation.
After dinner we headed to the market for some Samba Parade essentials, beer and water. We then called an Uber and headed over to the Sambadrome. Now, if you follow me on Facebook, you know that I deleted my Uber app for moral and ethical reasons, but in Brazil, Uber is the way to go. Lyft needs to get on the ball and get to Brazil.
We were told to get to the Sambadrome by 8pm (check) and that the parade started at 10pm. That was the only information we were given. As we waited the 2 hours before the parade began we followed suit with the locals and got slices from Mister Pizza. It looked way better than it tasted, but it wasn't terrible.
When the parade started, it was amazing. No, amazing doesn't even do it justice. My vocabulary doesn't even contain the right words to describe it. It was like nothing I had ever seen before. The floats were massive and the dancing and costumes were incredible. I had never experienced anything like this in my life before. The parade lasted 1 hour. At which point Brian and I decided to leave quickly before the crowd started to descend. When we got to the gate we were informed that we had just seen the first of 6 parades and that the entire event would complete at 7am. Yes, 7AM!
The parades just kept getting better. This was my jam. I can’t describe it adequately. So, here are some pictures and videos. You get to go! Every body gets to experience all that is the Samba Parade.
Even though my mind can’t process it getting any better than what we witnessed, it does. These were 6 preliminary Samba Schools. The final 8 perform on Saturday.