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Last updated: 05/13/16This post is part 2 of Rylei’s Jungle Survival Training in Brazil.  For part 1, click the previous link. Day two began much the same as the first day had, walking endlessly through the jungle as the sun began to come up. It managed to be both breathtaking and daunting. The Amazon is never quiet at any time of the day, never still, and yet it lulls you so easily into a sense of calm. While I had assumed I...

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Last updated: 05/13/16He came for me at four in the morning in the jungle. I opened the door of my hut to find a weathered Brazilian man standing in the dark. “I’m looking for your husband,” he informed me. I looked around the dark hut for him, too. I was pretty sure I hadn’t gotten married the night before, but those Brazilians make their caipirinhas strong. “For the jungle survival course,” he clarified. Turns out the...

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Last updated: 12/13/16As much as I ended up loving Rio de Janeiro, I almost skipped it completely because I didn’t even want to go to Brazil in the first place. It only ended up on my itinerary because of a really good flight deal from São Paulo to Africa. Once I’d put it on the list, I realized I wanted to do something a little different and set my sights on an intense three-day jungle survival course in the middle of the...

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Hang Gliding in Rio – A Natural High

Hang Gliding in Rio – A Natural High


Posted By on Apr 12, 2016

Last updated: 04/12/16I was still in Antarctica, shivering in my parka and trying to catch a penguin, when one of my shipmates asked if I was going to try hang gliding in Rio de Janeiro. The idea of adventure and warmth was still far from my mind, but after he enthusiastically showed me his pictures and waxed poetically about it being the best thing he ever did, ever, I was sold. The idea of being sky high floating above the ocean...

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Last updated: 12/13/16Despite being an infamously picky eater, there is one food type I never shy away from, and that is meat. I often spend my time daydreaming about that perfect steak, succulent pork, or flame grilled chicken. When I am home in North America I love to frequent the Brazilian barbecue houses and load my plate, so naturally I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to eat at an authentic churrascaria while in Rio de...

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Last updated: 12/13/16Sometimes I have the clearest insight that some of my life choices are just plain stupid. Unfortunately, this usually becomes apparent only when it’s too late to do anything about it. Every indication I was about to do something stupid was going off in my body: sweaty palms, palpitating heart, general feeling of uneasiness. I tried to console myself that I had spent good money to do this; that I had spent...

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