During these past 5 months, I made some adventures to Sao Roque, Campos do Jordao, Foz do Iguacu, and Salvador. Each of these places were amazing in there own way.
In Sao Roque, I went to Ski Mountian and there I went horseback riding, paintballing and skiing. Yes I know whoever thought skiing in Brazil was possible but it is. After arriving in the city by bus you could see the park located on the top of the mountain and the view from the top of the mountain was even more beautiful as it over-looked the entire city. The best part of the entire experience was skiing on plastic. It was different than skiing on snow because sometimes the skis would become caught in the plastic pieces. Fortunately I only fell once. I certainly stuck out on the slopes as I was one of the only ones who knew how to ski. Many visitors were Brazilian and the sport of skiing is pretty rare to many of them.
My next adventure was to Campos do Jordao a beautiful European town located in the mountains of the interior of Brazil. Here people love to drink hot chocolate and eat fondu because it is rather cold here. I had the opportunity to view the city from many different mountain tops and the water falls here are beautiful as well. This is a great place to go when trying to escape the city life style.
For the next holiday break, I decided to travel to Foz do Iguacu located on the border of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. I stayed on the Argentinean side where every night I hate delicious Argentinean steak and drank Argentinean wine. The first day I took a boat trip around the waterfalls and got soaken wet. The walk to the boat took awhile but the experience was worth it. The second day I ventured to Paraguay where there was long rows of cheap fake products. Many Brazilians and Argentineans travel to this country to buy there cheap electronics. Outside the stores there is much poverty. I ate lunch for about $1.50 and that included 1 coke and 3 empanadas. I was very thankful I did not but anything while in Paraguay or else I would have needed to wait in terrible long lines to pass through customs. On the third day, I had spent all day at the Itaipu Dam. This dam is shared by Brazil and Paraguay is one of the largest damns in the world. This whole trip was worthwhile and I could not pick a moment that was better than the rest.
My finally excursion while in Brazil was to Salvador. Since I took this trip during the winter time it was great to escape the cold weather in Sao Paulo and return to the warm weather. Although the weather was warm, I could not escape the rain. Everyday it rained and I only had the chance to spend two days on the beaches. I also had a caught a cold while on vacation here, probably because of the change in weather.
All these experiences demonstrated how diverse Brazil is and its surrounding countries. I am very proud and fortunate to have these experiences because during my time in Brazil the U.S. economy has been very poor and the exchange rate has held many of my friends from traveling.