Thursday, 29 April 2010

Between The Ocean and The Jungle

And we lost again. Apparently Costa Verde, the south coast of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo states, is called like that for a reason. It is green! Very green. Beautifully green with a dense jungle suffocating the rocky mountains and crowned by pristine beaches of fine white sand and innumerable bays. And it is like that because of the rainwater that sustains it. We new all of that but we took our bets.

Truth be told the weather forecast was dubious from the outset but after a smooth drive and a good night's sleep in the middle of the forest and next to a small waterfall, there was so much to look forward to. And the morning after started under a bright blue sky among the green banana leaves and there was not a single puffy blemish to it. Alas, Costa Verde is green for a reason. The following two days were utterly drenched and impossibly muddy.

I am talking of course about our most recent expedition to the south of Brazil, Trindade is the name, just a short forest drive away from the famous town of Paraty with its colored houses and cobble stoned streets. And I also have to admit that I still loved it. A hint of a bitter taste is still lingering in my mouth but on the other hand I have made my decision. Next summer I will be back at that exact place. It is a perfect sanctuary and very very nutritious for the soul.

Shame about Tina and Nikos though. Our quest is still underway.