Saturday, April 24, 2010
That night in Brazil
At the end of the week, we took a catamaran trip two hours off the coast to the island of Morro de Sao Paulo. It was like being transported back to the 19th century. There were no roads or cars, only footpaths. Our pousada was a half hour walk from the dock, passing through the villages and along the beach.
We settled on a place where the host, in a mixture of English and Portuguese, described what sounded like a pretty good deal. An appetizer of chicken with pineapple and coconut milk, with a main course of grilled Argentinian steak, broiled shrimp and a variety of vegetables, along with free caipirinhas. A caipirinha is a very refreshing drink made of sugar, cachaca (sugar cane liquor) and lime juice. And if you think I look a little snockered in the photo, a good Brazilian caipirinha is VERY strong. I only had one and I had a difficult time finding our table after going to the restroom. And we were the only ones in the restaurant. Good thing there was no driving on this island.
Photo by Cindy Stavropoulous