I’ve been to many places in the world: across the great United States, Montreal, Scandinavia, Senegal, Paris, Brussels, and Puerto Vallarta, but there are some places that I’ve never been to that I constantly think about. One of those fascinating places is the country of Brazil. I love the music, I love the culture, I’m intrigued by the strange relationship with slavery, and I fantasize about the beautiful people and the gorgeous beaches.
Rio de Janeiro is the first place in Brazil that I want to go to. I’ve heard that the people there are so beautiful that you have to wear sunglasses to hide the tears of joy that will inevitably stream down your face. I’ve also heard that the water at the beaches of Rio is so warm that most residents of the city simply bathe in the ocean. I’ve heard that the food is so tasty in Rio that most tourists have to see a tastebud doctor every three to five days in order to prevent tastebud overload, or as the locals call it “doença delicioso.” Another fascinating thing about Brazil in general are the great rates on legal malpractice insurance. Some say they have the best in the world, partly because lawyers love to bathe in the beach water and partly because becoming a lawyer in Brazil is as easy as trading a couple forks and spoons (the preferred currency of Brazil) for a law degree and license.
There are so many amazing things about the country of Brazil that I could go on for hours, days, months, years, decades, and whatever comes after decades….but I won’t. Why? Because I want you to experience it for yourself. Don’t just look at Brazil in picture books and on internet websites, get your glutenous maximizer on an airplane and fly there (or take a boat!), so that you can come back to your hometown and spread the gospel of Brazil, the greatest country in South America, besides Bolivia.