Hello hello hello from Brazil!
How are you guys doing? I hope you’ve enjoyed the pictures! More from Dominica will be coming soon plus these Brazil pictures.
So first, Brazil is awesome! We took our ship up the Amazon completely to the center of Brazil. The Amazon river is HUGE and it took us almost a day before we could see the sides of the river! This was a sunset after a rainstorm.
I wish I had a picture that could show how HUGE the river is. But look out the window of your class and imagine it all being brown water from the Amazon. Pretty cool, yes? J
My first day in Manaus I got to see beautiful buildings, including an Opera house that was built more than 100 years ago with materials from Europe. They would put the supplies on a boat and ship it across the Atlantic, up the Amazon and all the way to Manaus! Here I am with the Amazon Philharmonic Orchestra.
Kara and I also got to visit a Children’s Village. This is a home where children without parents or who needed to move because their parents were not very nice, can be safe and become a family together. We had so much fun playing with them and trying to communicate in Portuguese with them. At the end we went to a place where the rainforest had been cleared away and we played soccer for almost an hour! The children were your ages and had been through a lot, but were SO happy to play with us and get small things like stickers or bouncy balls. They don’t have many toys or shoes so it was a big deal for them to get gifts. This is my bud Talia who is 12.
After the soccer game we had to leave and all of the kids gave us hundreds of hugs and then stood on the side of the road as we drove away. They were the sweetest children and I love them so much!
That night we went alligator hunting. We took little motor canoes at night and went deep into the rainforest. One of the native men stood at the front of the boat with a flashlight so that he can see the red eyes of the alligators. He then reaches down and either leaves them if they’re huge or catches the smaller alligators with his bare hands! We then got to hold the alligators: we were nervous but it was SO cool! The skin is really tough and we had to hold their necks tight so that it wouldn’t bite our hands.
Early the next morning I left for a two-day, one night trip deep into the Amazon forest. We took a small river boat and explored the jungle.
We went piranha fishing (piranhas ae meat-eating fish and very dangerous), and Kara saw a sloth! We got to do jungle exploring and learned how to survive in the jungle by eating plants, roots, and bug larvae! L I didn’t taste the larvae but I did eat piranha. We even slept in hammocks on the river boat! We got to swim with pink river dolphins and even got to hug them! 😀
The trip was amazing but I have never experienced heat and humidity like in the jungle. It was 105 degrees which isn’t bad for us Arizonans, but it was 100% humidity. This means that there is so much water in the air that your skin isn’t constantly wet with sweat, no matter if you’re hot or not. You feel like you’re breathing through a straw because the air is so thick. It’s hard to describe humidity, but it was a cool new experience for me!
On my last day in Brazil, Kara and I went to a Deaf school where we signed with people who only knew Brazilian Sign Language. My American Sign Language and their Brazilian Sign was SO different: just like English and Portuguese is so different. It was so neat to try to communicate and by the end of the 3 hours we were there I learned a lot of Portuguese Sign Language. It was so fun!
I hope you enjoy the pictures! Please email your questions and I will try hard to reply! Thanks for your patience with my slow emailing; it’s a little busy here on the ship! We’re now on our way to Ghana! We will arrive there Feb. 13th and I will keep you posted on our journey across the Atlantic!