40 Things I´ve Learned by 40

Wow.  I am actually 40.  Where did the time go??? (My mind still screams 21, even if my body often whispers ´´dream on.´´) As I flex my sometimes achy muscles in preparation of this new check box category, I find … Continue reading

Chapada dos Guimarães: the Grand Canyon of Brasil

The word ´´chapada´´ in Brazilian Portuguese means: a region of steep cliffs at the edge of a plateau. Chapada dos Guimarães National Park is certainly that.  The plateaus are a strange mix of desert plants and lush tangles of brush … Continue reading

The Wilds of the Northern Pantanal

Sometimes I forget that there are places in the world that are completely silent. Where the quiet echos in your head like a loose penny in the dryer. Where you are able to fully inhale and exhale, entirely filling and emptying … Continue reading

The Cost of Traveling in the Pantanal

The movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles is rife with travel mishaps, from John Candy setting the rental car on fire to Steve Martin losing his shoe in a snow storm. Our travels through the Pantanal weren’t quite so epic. But we did … Continue reading