Life on the road can be pretty tough at times.
Long stretches of flying and driving, difficult language barriers,
constantly feeling lost and unsure, being cut-off from friends
and family, and handwashing the same dirty clothes over and over
- it can make a traveler feel weary and yearn for home. And, oooh,
Then there's all the work and decision-making.
For example, right now we're in a town called Buzios about 3 hours
east of Rio de Janeiro. We've been exploring it for 3 days already
and we haven't even seen half the beaches this town has to offer.
It can be a burden in the mornings deciding whether we should
go to a beach we know and like, or explore a new one. Luckily,
our friends Jeremy and Hope are here to help with this difficult
decision-making process. It's the most important agenda item at
our daily bungalow breakfast meeting.
Joao Fernandes Beach in Buzios
It wouldn't be as bad if we weren't worn out
from a similar situation in Rio de Janeiro last week. There we
had to choose between world-famous big-name beaches like Copacabana
and Ipanema, etc., and when we got to the beach we had to make
brain-twisting decisions like, should we rent chairs, or no chairs?
And how many umbrellas? Constantly, there are the nagging questions
on the back of our minds: Shall I go for a swim now? Book or magazine?
Sun or shade? Nap or not? Should we go watch the beach soccer
tournament? Do I need to put on more sunblock? Water or coconut?
Should we rent surfboards? What should we eat for dinner? And
we had to concentrate all day long; we were constantly having
to make split-second decisions about what to buy (or usually *not*
buy) from all the beach vendors (see brazil:
bizarre beach bazaar). Then there's all the work involved
in looking away from all the gorgeously-tanned women in skimpy
bikinis. Lucky for me, Grace is a workaholic.
Seriously though, traveling can be tough, but
it isn't right now. A lot of what we've seen of Brazil is beautiful.
A lot of what we've seen of Brazil is beach. I know it's not very
"world-traveler-y" of us, but we're resting for the
moment - a vacation from traveling, so to speak. We'll be on the
road again soon enough, but for now, I think I'll have another