An Act of Kindness (Day 6): Pointing Out a Short-Cut

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there”
~George Harrison

In the Jesuit Mission of Santa Ana we take a look at the map and conclude we will have to return to the mission of San Rafael in order to be able to reach San Miguel. While we are discussing this, Flora, the caretaker of Santa Ana’s Jesuit Mission, chimes in and says there is another road.

It is a short cut.

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Watching Seahorses in Brazil

I can’t remember ever having seen one before. No matter how I turn the bottle, this water creature keeps its head turned from me. Later the opposite happens with another one and I figure that maybe they prefer facing` towards the sun.

In wonder I am staring at a gray-colored seahorse.

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Tips on Learning a Local Language

…the only normal way to begin speaking in a new language is to begin speaking badly ~Greg and Angela Thomson

Learning a foreign language may seem like an obstacle impossible to overcome.

It isn’t.

Anybody can learn a language.

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The Major Advantage of Learning a Local Language

“Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.” ~Rita Mae Brown

When Coen and I started traveling, in 2003, everything was new and exciting. Having our first conversations with strangers with whom we didn’t share a language was a challenge.

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Is Tourism Welcome? – Tourism vs. Traditional Life of Bartering

Tourism is welcome in Lençois Maranhenses, and making hats is now a tourist product to sell to visitors.

“We would leave on Monday, be gone the entire week fishing in either the lakes or if there was not enough water we’d go out on the ocean and return on Saturday. We’d have one day at home and we were off again.”

With his six brothers and parents, Marinaldo lived on fishing. Day in, day out.

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5 Places to Hike Forest Trails in South America

The rustling of leaves brings peace of mind. It slows me down and makes me aware of my surroundings: nuts and flowers, delicate mushrooms, fabulously twisted lianas, colorful leaves. I spot butterflies, crickets, leaf cutter ants. I take note of the soothing sounds of humming insects and scurrying lizards.

A forest is hardly ever silent.

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Slow Travel is Not for Sale

“You know, for me, this is what travel is about.”

“What?” I asked.

The sunset?

The rough camping on this white beach of the Tapajós River?

Is he looking at some birds?

Enjoying his cup of coffee?

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Letting go of Control

Yesterday I came across a post by Leo Babauta, the Illusion of Control

The article describes exactly what has been happening in my life these days: Going from the illusion of control to letting go of control.

Interesting detail: it turns out to be surprisingly simple.

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The Difference Between Slow Travel And Traveling Slowly

Traveling slowly down the BR319, Brazil's infamous highway

The Land Cruiser crawls through potholes, jolts over bumps, and carefully drives onto wooden constructions called bridges. Hour after hour, day after day, we drive at a turtle’s pace on the infamous, 800-km-long BR319.

Welcome to the main highway between Manaus and Porto Velho, in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon.

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