The Unknown is Scary

Day 26:  Brazil

Today was our last few hours in Rio.  It has been amazing.  I am actually sad to leave.  It’s been a truly magnificent experience.  There have been ups and downs and life lessons learned, but so is life and the whole point of this journey.  I will continue to push myself out of my comfort zone in order to experience all that is around me.  I ask the same of those reading this.  Step outside because life begins at the end of your comfort zone.  I won't tell you that it isn't scary at times because that would be a lie.  It’s petrifying.  What I can tell you is that it infinitely more amazing than it is scary.  I’m not saying you need to drop everything in your life and jump on a plane tomorrow to travel the world.  Although, that is one way to step outside your comfort zone.  What I am saying is take some time each day or week or month to do something that you’ve been wanting to do for awhile, but were holding back because of fear or doubt.  You can do anything and it will be amazing.  You may learn that it wasn't your thing, but you will be grateful you tried.  

Even though I am sad to leave Rio, I am excited to take another step out of my comfort zone and into the unknown.  We are not leaving Brazil just yet, but I’m going to leave you in suspense about where we are headed to next.  If you follow me on Facebook you may already know where we are going, please don't spoil it for the rest.  Also, if you don't follow me on Facebook and Instagram (@_TheJourneyWithin_) get on that.  You’re missing out.

Before I get too far ahead of myself, let me back up.  We woke up this morning and I headed over to our local fave, Bonde Sucos and got us some salgados to eat while we packed.  If I haven’t said it already, go to Bonde Sucos in Lapa, it’s right next to the Arcas da Lapa.  Order some salgados and enjoy.  

We pretty much had to repack in an attempt for them not to be overweight (which they still were).  However, no cockroaches in my bed for the win!  After we finished packing Fabiana came to check us out.  I definitely recommend staying at one of Fabiana’s AirBNB’s.  She is very friendly and speaks English.  She is very connected and knows the city well.  She has friends all over South America and is willing to give referrals if requested.  

We returned our keys and said our goodbyes, then we called for an Uber to the airport.  We learned that not only are Ubers cheaper than taxis, they are much more reliable in Brazil.  When we arrived at the airport our instructions were to go to Terminal 1.  As the taxi driver pulled up it looked abandoned.  It was like some strange movie. Literally nothing was there.  Windows and doors were boarded up.  We finally found an entrance and went inside only to learn that we really needed to be at Terminal 2.  Which was a trek from Terminal 1.  Once we lugged or bags to Terminal 2 we learned that the airport we were flying into was about an hour and a half from our destination in Sao Paulo.  Gotta love cheap flights.  With the price of our taxi to Sao Paulo ($120 US) we could’ve flown direct, but I digress.  It is what it is and we finally made it to our apartment around 9:30pm.  We were hungry and exhausted.  We checked in with a very nice woman named Juliana who speaks absolutely no English.  Between my broken Spanish and translating apps we figured it out.  She even told us we could get a really good burger across the street at this place that was open until Midnight.

We didn’t even settle in before we left to go eat.  We were grateful that they had an English speaking waiter.  We admired the ambiance as we waited for our burgers.  It looked like it could be in Wicker Park or a similar New York neighborhood.  The burger was phenomenal.  One of the best things we have eaten so far.  I learned why it is called Holy Burger.  It is kind of a religious experience eating their burgers.  We will definitely be back before we depart Sao Paulo.  

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