Don't Sit on the Sidelines

Day 29:  Brazil

This morning we planned on having the cereal I bought at the market yesterday for breakfast, but something happened to the fridge and the milk was warm by the time we went to use it.  Instead, I had a gigantic banana and we waited until lunch time.  For lunch I made peanut butter and jelly.  By the end of this journey I will be able to tell you what peanut butter and jelly tastes like in 15 countries.  I can tell you that so far it was the worst in Belize.  The bread was on the harder side and the jam was too sweet.  In Costa Rica the bread was really soft and the peanut butter and jelly were the same as the US.  Here in Brazil, it is really hard to find peanut butter.  The peanut butter with the honey tastes ok.  My biggest compliant is the grape skins in my jam.  Not cool Brazil, Not cool.  How many countries have you had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in?

Tomorrow marks 1 month ago that we started this journey.  Its hard to imagine that we have already been gone 29 days.  We’ve done so much in such a short period of time that it is kind of difficult to process it all.

  1. We snorkeled in The Great Blue Hole
  2. We drank on swings in the ocean
  3. We saw the sunset in Malpais
  4. We hiked Rincón de la Vieja
  5. We hiked Hanging Bridges in Arenal and Monteverde
  6. We went to Carnaval in Rio
  7. We went to the Sambaparade
  8. We went to Sugarloaf mountain
  9. We went to Copacabana and Ipanema beaches
  10. We saw Christ the Redeemer
  11. We saw the Sao Paulo Catherdral
  12. We’ve explored Sao Paulo

I can't wait to see what comes next.

Today, we went to Parque Iberapuera.  It is a huge park that seems to be the Sunday afternoon hangout for families and teens.  We walked around the path, taking in our surroundings.  I really liked how they used fallen tree branches to make benches and seats.  It was a creative way to recycle the wood.  We ended up walking to the Museum of Modern Art.  I am a huge fan of the MoMa in New York, and I wasn't expecting it to be of that caliber.  However, I was a little disappointed.  I expected more.  The girl at the desk was a Potterhead and she liked my “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good” shirt.  There were several paintings I liked and a few that I loved.  I would definitely recommend this park and the museum.  It creates a very peaceful Sunday afternoon.

After the museum, we decided to walk over to a huge monument across the street.  Again, me and monuments, so I’m not sure what this one was called.  Walking over we had a few laughs because I am a klutz.  I kept tripping and turning my ankles.  I am truly surprised I have never broken a bone in my life, especially an ankle.  Wait, clear and cancel that, I am GRATEFUL that I have never broken a bone in my life.  

The monument was huge and Brian wanted to climb on top.  The first time he did it some cops came by and told him to get down.  Once they left, I encouraged him to try again.  You only live once.  One of my favorite people in the world, Nancy Gianni, taught me one of life’s most valuable lessons.  She taught me that sometimes, it is better to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission.  I think this was one of those situations.  In fact, I can't really come up with a time that this isn't appropriate.  We only have one life.  Are you going to sit on the sidelines and wait for permission or are you going to jump in head first and figure out the rest later?  I choose to jump in head first and figure it all out later.  It’s more exciting that way.

After the police came around a second time we decided we were pushing our luck and should move on to another location.  We ended up on the Rodeo Drive of Sao Paulo.  There were so many cute little stores.  My favorite was one called Rosa Cha.  It was like the Brazilian version of Anthropologie which is one of my favorite stores.  I liked a few things from the really cool Brazilian exclusive line called John John.  Once we hit all of the stores we decided to find dinner.

We ended up at a fun pizza place called Piola Jardim.  The pizza was amazing.  Like something out of Italy.  This is a definite recommendation.

Once we finished our dinner we called an Uber to take us back to the apartment.  The rain that we have been so lucky in missing, finally caught up with us.  the traffic was horrendous and we ended up getting out of the Uber a few blocks early and walking in the rain.  I am sure we got back before he even turned the corner.

Remember, this is your only life.  Don’t sit on the sidelines.  I know, I was there.  It so easy to give in to the monotony and the complacency.  However, that is not living.  Do the things that scare you, often times those are the ones that surprise you the most.

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