Category Archives: Brazil

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

February 11, 2013 – Day 570

The theme this week from WordPress in their photo challenge is reflections.

My response this week takes the form of light reflected through drops of water. In other words…a rainbow.

In our family’s trip to Iguazu Falls, our second day was spent on the Argentina side. From a certain vantage point close to the first set of falls that you see on the tour, the mist from the falling water travels up and when the light hits it just right, you can see…



Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

February 1, 2013 – Day 560

Inside is this week’s theme from WordPress. The last time WordPress chose this as a theme, my response took you to Sillustani near the waters of Lake Titicaca in Peru.

Today’s answer takes us again to South America, but this time to the country of Brazil and its city of Rio de Janeiro. Previous posts about our vacation stop in this city have highlighted landmarks such as Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer.

We were able to see those sights and many others courtesy of a tour operator that we had hired for the day. Near the end of the trip, our tour guide took us down the fabled beaches of Rio (including the Copacabana). One of the trademarks of the beach front portion of Rio is the distinctive sidewalks. Each section of this Brazilian city has its own pattern of black and white mosaics laid into the sidewalks. People in the know (and if they have enough street sense) can identify where they are on Rio’s beach scene simply by looking at the tiles.

While inside (and there’s my hook for this picture, thank you muchly) our tour van attempting to take pictures of this dichromatic diorama, we saw a scene that demanded its own picture.


You can see the black-and-white pattern of the sidewalk (and savvy travelers will be able to identify exactly where we are), but you can also see a guy lying on his stomach on a skateboard which is being pulled by a rope attached to the bicycle in front of him.

I can only wonder what is going on inside both of their heads to try such a stunt.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

February 1, 2013 – Day 560

Today’s photo is my response to WordPress’s Weekly Photo Challenge that has the topic of “Up

In February, the family took a cruise/vacation where our first port of call was the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. As mentioned in a previous post, part of our scenic looksie through the city that will host the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games was to make a stop at the statue known as Christ the Redeemer.

Here is my “up”lifting photo.


I look forward to the upcoming themes from WordPress such as toy stories, a bug’s life, and monsters.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime

Lunchtime” is this week’s theme from WordPress.

Normally, this here blog is all about Peru. However, since I already posted a picture about my new favorite pre-lunch Peruvian snack, cancha, in a previous posting, I will have to travel to another South American country to answer the challenge.

This post finds us in Brazil. Actually, it is the food court that resides inside the main international airport in Sao Paolo, but that still means we are in Brazil.

In my almost two years in Peru, I have not been all that surprised to see fast-food joints from the United States show their golden arches, finger-lickin‘ goodness, or Whopper-ishness in and around Lima. McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Burger King are all international brands and so their existence south of the Equator was not a shock.

What was a shock was, while walking around the Brazilian airport food court looking for a place to have lunch, when I laid eyes on a brand of hamburgers that I had not seen since I lived in southern half of the Golden State. Branded as Hardee’s east of the Mississippi River, I was not at all expecting to see hamburgers being offered up by Carl’s Jr, a wholly Californian eatery. But there it was…

What is "star" in Portuguese?

What is “star” in Portuguese?

My apologies for only having a close-up of the menu board, but it has been my experience that cashiers (and especially managers) of fast-food places tend to frown upon people taking pictures.


What I like about this picture is that almost everything about it is instantly recognizable to the devotee of the handiwork of Carl Karcher. From the font used in the text of “Star Burger” to the picture of the burger itself, I would assert (because an upstanding lad like myself never swears) that I was in San Diego, Los Angeles, or Whittier.

However, there are some tell-tale signs that one is not in Southern California while looking at this sign. The first is the price. Now while Carl’s Jr does have the $6 Burger and while we are at the airport (where prices are higher), it is not many fast-food places that would sell a sandwich for $14.90. Since we are in Brazil, they use reals (R$) and at an exchange rate of one Brazilian real to fifty US cents, this basic burger sells for  $7.45 (which is actually in line with what a burger at an airport should cost). The combo sets you back $11.45 in greenbacks.

Also notice that this burger is advertised as “com queijo”, which is Portuguese for “with cheese”.

Oddly enough, the Wikipedia entry for Carl’s Jr. says the chain is in the process of expanding into Brazil. I guess someone needs to update the article since the chain with the smiling star is in Brazil as of last February.

The same article says that there are a pair of Carl’s Jr here.