Bem vindo!

Hey! We’re in Brazil! In Manaus, specifically – that’s the gateway city into the Amazon Jungle. It’s warm and very humid. So far we’ve seen the Amazon Theater, the old and new markets, and walked around town. Then we spent two days in the jungle but I don’t have access to pictures right now so I’ll talk about that later, but it was breathtaking! Tomorrow we’re going to see the Meeting of the Waters, where the Black River and muddy Amazon run side by side for a while before starting to mix. So far, we are having a great time!

I’ll post pictures of the Theater later, too, because they’re on NJD’s camera, but here are some old buildings, a painted wall hanging, port, and the old market.

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So, yeah.

Ok I keep (well, I have multiple times previously) saying I’m gonna start writing on here again and then, uh, not starting.

So.

Here’s another attempt. As you (inshallah) already know, NJD and I are finishing up in Jordan next month. We’ll be in California from December 20 to Jan 15, and then off to Brazil.

A couple of people have expressed concern about safety in Brazil. I realize it’s not the same thing, but after having been the conspicuous white person in multiple countries and almost getting kidnapped in India, I feel like we can handle Brazil… :p But rest assured we ARE aware of Brazil’s reputation as being, well, not-super-safe. We’ve (well, I’ve) looked into the situation and decided to go for it. Even if Brazil is not the safest country in the world, it’s still unlikely that something would actually happen to us. I mean, stuff can happen anywhere. No, that doesn’t mean we should take unnecessary risks. But there’s a fine line where “avoiding risk” becomes “holding yourself back from the things you really wanna do in life.” Brazil has long been on my list for many reasons and NJD is all for it.

So to sum up, yes we are aware of Brazil’s reputation, yes we are aware of the actual state of crime in Brazil (as aware as one can be without having been there yet), and yes we are taking steps to reduce the already-low likelihood of having a problem.

Planning to post pictures here once we get there, so, yeah. Look out for that. FRUIT AND BEACHES. And hopefully a few monkeys.

Hugs.