Posted on June 10, 2009 with 1 Comment

Long story short:  I went to Brazil for a week, and then my internet has been out for a week (another story, which I won’t bore you with…suffice it to say I am through with at&t and their so-called “customer service” in which I actually got hung up on by one of their “customer service” representatives–buh-bye at&t, hello, Lake Tahoe On Line!)–but the real story here is Brazil!

Cedar Wright and I were lucky enought to get to represent the TNF athlete team at the opening of their brand new store in Sao Paulo; I felt incredibly fortunate to get to go to a place I’ve been wanting to visit for so long, and even more lucky to be treated with the utmost hospitality and shown such a wonderful time.  Thanks to everyone I met for their friendliness and amazing hospitality–muito obrigata!
I landed in Sao Paulo and was immediately whisked off to Ihlabela with Jacob from TNF and his uber-adventure-athlete cohorts, Belo, Camila, and Andre.
beach at ihlabela 2.JPG  Ihlabela is a beautiful jungle island a few hours from Sao Paulo that apparently has great kite-boarding–it was sort of rainy so we just had lunch and went swimming on this beautiful beach.  I didn’t mind one bit!
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We drove to a beach called Maresias that night, and the next morning got up super early so these crazy Brazilians could compete in a 70km relay run.  Here’s the start of the run–just goes to show you that everyone in that country really is fit.
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I didn’t want to disgrace the gazelle-like team of my new Brazilian friends with my amateur running presence, so I went for a mellow jog on the beach while they took turns doing 7-10km at a time at what looked to me like an all-out sprint.  Of course, they took second place and claimed they were just doing it for “fun” anyways…!
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It’s cool, you guys…I’ll just be over here–let me know when you’ve finished that 70k, alright?!  
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The finish of the race on the beach at Maresias happened to coincide with a day of huge waves–there must have been 20+ jetskis towing people into pretty massive waves.  It was sensory overload between the Brazilian beach scene and the barrels…so much to look at.
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After a long day on the beach, what’s better than grilled cheese on a stick?!  This was one of the many culinary treats I got to experience in Brazil–we were invited to Amendoin and Vivi’s (more new friends from Brazil) beautiful outdoor garden that night for a BBQ and were treated to lots of great food and this cheese that comes on a stick; you put it on the grill until it’s a bit charred and kind of melty, and it tastes amazing.  Who knew?
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It’s true–Brazilians are all good looking, they rock thongs like it’s nothing, and they’re all tan.  
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After the days at the beach & the jungle, we drove back to Sao Paulo, where Cedar joined us straight from Rio de Janeiro.  Jacob, Cedar and I got up early and braved the Sao Paulo traffic to drive 2 hours out of the city to the mountains–Campos do Jordao.  We met up with local mountain bike rippers Elivan and Marceo, and they led us on a stunning 50km ride.
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Cedar, demonstrating the view and the stoke.  We stopped partway through the ride and were treated to a lunch of trout and the pinenuts from these Dr. Seuss-looking trees behind Cedar, a local and super cool variety of pine tree called the araucaria.  
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After the ride, we enjoyed a locally-made beer in the town of Campos do Jordao with our hosts.  It’s a striking place–a Swiss-style village nestled amongst the tropical vegetation–where the Paulistas go for their mountain fix.  
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Finally, we had a few days to try to absorb a bit of the enormous city that is Sao Paulo–Fabricio and Jacob and friends really rolled out the red carpet–the opening store party was full of Brazilian actors and models, and I only wish there was more time to explore this beautiful country.  I can’t wait to get back!  
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  1. ShammyNaomie says:

    Really good ride and story:)