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So You Call Yourself Bonito

For those of you who’ve ever taken a Spanish or Portuguese class, you already know that Bonito means “pretty” in both languages. What you may not know however is that it’s also the name of a small town in the southwestern state of Mato Grosso do Sul. When my travel plans allotted time for me to visit the place bold …

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Brazil World Cup Update: Two Weeks Away

With just over two weeks remaining before the 2014 FIFA World Cup, I’ve been traveling like crazy to see as much of Brazil as possible before the chaos begins on June 12th. My goal is to return to my apartment in Rio de Janeiro to watch the games and hopefully still find a way to get involved on some level …

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The Pantanal – Life Along the River

After dark skies and heavy rain dominated day one, I woke up early on my second morning to clear skies and new life within the Pantanal. The sunshine invited everybody out from hiding, and I wanted to meet as many as possible. Before breakfast, I wandered down to a small gathering of houses along the river and watched a boy trying …

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How to Catch a Piranha

After a peaceful arrival into the Pantanal the night before, my first day in the Brazilian wetlands was exactly that, wet. It poured for the better part of the morning and our planned jeep safari and eco-hike turned into a drunken refugee camp. We circled around a shop table with a group of local farmers, taking shots of Johnnie Walker …