Brazil

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In March 2017, I had the opportunity to visit two cities in Brazil: Florianopolis and Rio de Janiero. I have a great uncle that is a retired ship captain and many second cousins there. My cousins had just opened up a pizza shop. It was the perfect time of year to visit!

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Santa Catarina is a state within Brazil and most of my time was spent there. One place we visited is called Balneário Camboriú, dubbed “Dubai of Brazil” because it ritzy and tourism-oriented. We had a blast there visiting a nature park and riding a cable car.

My great uncle, which is my grandpa’s brother, is younger by twenty years! It was a “boy’s trip” for the most part because I went to Brazil with my two uncles and grandpa. It was fun just being there and seeing a side of my family that I have never seen. I loved just about everything I ate in Brazil – my great aunt’s home cooking, churrasuria, pizza from my cousin’s pizza shop (very different from American pizza) and of course, drinking caparinha.

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We visited Rio de Janiero at the end of the trip. We hired a private tour guide who took us around to some famous places. But on one day, my uncles and grandpa gave me the reins and I planned an artsy day. They followed me around as I took them to the Escalara Selaron, Museu de arte do Rio, and Modern Art Museum.

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