Brazil has been on my radar for quite some time. In the fourth grade, I became best friends with a girl, Carla, whose family was from Brazil. She was born in São Paulo, and her family immigrated to the United States when she was a toddler.
Before our friendship, I knew very little about the country, but the longer we were friends, the more I began to learn. Of course, since we were nine, I learned all the important stuff: the country’s delicious dessert: brigaderio, how to say butt in Portuguese: bunda, and all about Brazilian bikinis.
Over time, our friendship faded, but my desire to learn more about Brazil did not. I knew that one day, I would visit the largest country in South America, and there are many reasons why I wish to go there.
Apparently, Eleanor Roosevelt exclaimed “Poor, Nigrara,” upon first seeing Iguaza. I’m not sure how accurate that fact is, but the waterfalls that lie on the border of Brazil and Argentina are a big reason I wish to head to Brazil. After seeing Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe this summer, I now wish to see other waterfalls throughout the world, and this is one I just have to see with my own eyes.
Christ the Redeemer
While it may not be the largest statue of Jesus in the world, it is one of Rio’s most famous icons. I think the first time I saw, and fell in love with it, was in 1996, while watching Romeo & Juliet, the one with Leonardo DiCaprio…sigh. In the movie, the statue looks over Verona, but I was immediately intrigued and delighted when I learned that it was, in fact, real.
Whether it’s a bellini at Harry’s in Venice or sugar cane juice in Egypt, I can’t leave a country or city without trying a beverage they are famous for. Which is why, I cannot wait to have Brazil’s national cocktail in the place that made it famous.
As I mentioned in my Colombia post, I love feeling surrounded by art while in a city. From what I hear, there’s no shortage of street art in Brazil, and I look forward to discovering it all.
Brazil is famous for its beaches, and while there, I plan on visiting as many of them as I can. This one is Trindade, which according to Lisa of Downtown Traveler, is what you picture when you think of a beach town. I can see myself relaxing on the beach here, or honestly, anywhere in Brazil.
How could I not include the shopping? From both Leah Travels and Mrs. O Around the World, I have heard of the many shopping opportunities there are in Brazil. Of course, I plan on taking advantage of all of them.
In the next two years, with the Olympics and World Cup, Brazil is sure to be a hot spot for travel. I know, that no matter when it happens, I will get to Brazil, but I am hoping that it happens sooner rather than later.