The Amazon

Greetings from Brazil!  Our time here has been extraordinary.  (But you know what?  I’ve also missed being a blogger and being more in touch with all of you while I’ve been here.  It’s a good problem to have  🙂  Here are some pictures from our few days in the jungle….(our wonderful guide made us those crowns).

We rode around by boat the entire time.  (Right now the river is the highest it has ever been and so a lot of the jungle is flooded.)  I think here I was actually knodding off a bit in this photo as riding that boat was so dang relaxing.  
We met the most wonderful people from our lodge (including a dear family from Singapore who are sitting behind me.)  We were only with them for 3 days but became fast friends.  I wish we could see them all again.
Our guide took us by canoe to visit a native family. 
Here’s some manioca, which they made into tapioca pancakes for us (they’re gluten-free and really good!)  
Can you believe that grill?!?
I bought this bracelet and bag from the family as they were selling some handmade goods (including some handmade Panama hats.  Unfortunately they were too small for my big head.)  We’ve been so busy meeting people here in Manaus and haven’t had time to shop anywhere else.  Actually, I normally never shop on vacations.  (Danny couldn’t believe it when he started traveling with me :).  But here in Brazil, I want to go into every store!  Even the hardware stores, dollar stores, candy stores, toy stores, hammock stores, broom stores, fan stores, plastic chair stores, ETC.  I am enticed by just about every store front here.  Every shop seems to be full of something colorful and unique. 

We saw the sunset…and the sunrise….
(I know many of you could probably see the sunrise/sunset every day if you wanted, but we hardly see the sun in New York so for us….this was a treat! 🙂
And we just enjoyed so much being in nature for a few days.  And I just loved smelling the rain forest.  It smelled amazing.  The minute we got of the plane in Manaus I said to Danny, “It smells like a jungle.”

We took some amazing naps on these hammocks on our boat.  I decided I need to figure out how to hang a hammock in our apartment in New York.  I think it should become the new guest bed 🙂
That’s it for now!  Have a wonderful day, everyone!  
Much love from Brazil,
Mara & Danny

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  1. Lynley Jill June 12, 2012 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    What an amazing adventure you guys are having!! Your pictures and stories remind me so much of the trip my husband Danny and I took last year to El Salvador for the temple dedication. It's truly a gift to get to go to the land that your husband served in! Now when my husband talks about the people and places in El Salvador, I can really relate to him. It's been such a blessing in our marriage:) Hope you guys continue to have a wonderful time!!

    PS: Those pancakes look amazing!! I find it so much easier to eat gluten free in Latin countries!

  2. {Jessica} June 12, 2012 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    I just started following your blog and have been loving it! You and Danny are so precious – your joy and love in each other makes my heart smile:) Love all the pictures and updates from your trip, looks like so much fun. Thanks for sharing it with us! Enjoy the rest of your trip!

  3. Tere Shake June 12, 2012 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    fun fun! wish i were there! ha. i love the pan! those pancakes sound delish!

  4. Anonymous June 13, 2012 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    Oi mara and danny… I also wish I was in manaus… did u try the pancakes with pacovan banana frita and queijo qualho (white cheese) ? Hummm the best!!! I just learned how to make them here in the U.S….. actuallyb I m trying to convince my friend to start blogging videos with some brazillian recipes… btw… ask danny if he wants the recipe for pao de queijo, I ve got a good one… xoxo… elane

    • mara June 21, 2012 at 5:09 am - Reply

      Elane – oooooh….we'd love some brazilian recipes! I hope your friend starts the blog. And yes, Danny would love a recipe for pao de queijo…(do you have one with manioca flour?) xo

    • Anonymous June 21, 2012 at 1:00 pm - Reply

      Hello mara! Yes I do, I do, I do…. lol… I will send it to you… I m trying to go gluten free and I will be cooking more brazilian style… I will send you some recipes this weekend. Where do you find manioc flour? I always get mine at a mexican store in st. George… the pao de queijo is SO EASY and delicious, you will love to have that "quentinho" coming right out of the oven… hum hum hum… I will try to make a video of how to make brazilian style beans and rice… its my husbands favorite and we usually have that with a light salad (lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers)…xoxo… elane.

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