Do you have a travel bucket list?
I do. I think out of the 10 countries I have listed out, it is the country of Brazil that I find intriguing.
Intriguing in the sense that I am interested to know about their history, culture, and coffee!!
Okay, I have a confession to make. I am a coffee addict. Seriously!
I can have four to five cups of coffee in a day! Like a car, I feel like caffeine is my petrol to help me get through the day. Friends would tell me to slow down on coffee, and to cut my consumption from five to maybe two cups in a day because of all these articles on the internet about the bad effects of coffee. I try but it’s just too difficult! LOL!
However something happened last Tuesday, it is as if the coffee gods were on my side. My friend, Sarah, and I worked late that day. We decided to grab a late dinner in one of the restaurants near our office. While waiting for our food to arrive, we talked about coffee. I told her about my travel bucket list, and how I wanted to start travelling but do not have a travel buddy yet.
Turns out she also has a travel bucket list, and guess what her first country on the list is? Brazil! We both giggled like teenagers, and remembered that we were in public so we decided to tone it down a bit.
As soon as I got home, I decided to get on the computer, and check what we can see, and do in Brazil.
Well, the first information I looked for was about Brazil’s coffee.
According to the website “Before It’s News”, Brazil is one of top 10 countries that is famous for their coffee beans. They have been in production for the past 150 years, and are the largest exporter of coffee in the world.
Check out other leading countries in the coffee production.
National Coffee Association’s website mentions that Brazil grows Arabica, and Robusta beans. It also mentioned that a Brazilian cup of coffee is clear, sweet, and low-acid.
Reading all this information makes me feel like I am a coffee drinker newbie. I mean, I do not research, or read much about where my coffee beans are coming from. I just know that it perks me up in the morning, and maintains my momentum all throughout the day.
I might ask Sarah if we can put visiting a coffee farm, and coffee production facility on our list of things to visit when we are in Brazil.
Aside from coffee, the country is also famous for its beaches. According to Wikitravel, Rio de Janeiro is very popular for it. Ipanema, and Copacabana may sound familiar to you (could this be where Barry Manilow composed his song of the same title? Another question worth asking our tour guide when we get there). These two beach sites are where tourists frequent.
Travel Channel has mentioned that if you are the type of person who does not mind being lost in the crowd, Copacabana can be your beach place. Most of the time, it is full of people wherein they engage in different land activities like strolling on the beach, beach soccer, people watching, or if you are lucky, a dance party right on the beach!
If you are tired of all the fun (yes, it can happen), you can walk past Copacabana, and you will find Ipanema beach. This is a bit of an upscale beach neighborhood where there would be less people, and probably less noise too.
This trip is getting better and better!
Through my research on Brazil, it seems the best time to go there is between January to March so that you can witness Carnival, considered to be one of the biggest celebration party in the world. However the price of the airfare, and hotel accommodations usually shoot up during these months too.
I am so psyched to start this trip with Sarah that I am trying my best not to call her right now (time check: it’s already 1 am!), and tell her about all the research that I have done.
Coffee, and the beach are a perfect combination for me. However, this is not just my trip but Sarah’s as well so I might ask her to do a bit of reading on what she wants to visit, or do in Brazil as well.
Looks like my excitement is slowly wearing out, and am now feeling sleepy. Still a long day tomorrow. See you Brazil, in my dreams for now.