That’s because I know I will have great time with my family and friends. I miss them a lot as I go there only once a year… but it is wonderful every time I go. I always have a lot of fun.
We will spend the New Year’s at the beach at my brother’s apartment. Spending New Year’s at the beach in Brazil is so much fun.
Most people dress in white… I mean, ALL white. It is a tradition. Heck yes, that’s a must and I’m not different, so yes, I will be in white!
There are some superstition and some people, no, a lot of people offer flowers, perfume or other little gifts to Iemanja, the Goddess of Water, the mother of all Gods in a religion named Umbanda. I may talk about it at another time when I write something about traditions in Brazil. Anyway, the way they offer her these gifts is that they go into the water at or around midnight and leave the flowers and gifts there in little boats or straight in the water for her to take.
This is way for them to thank her for what she did for them and/or to ask her other favors for the New Year. You know, love, money, success, health…
Another thing a lot of people do, including me, is to jump 7 waves! It is to bring luck or to take away the lack of luck… I don’t want to say the other word because it attracts it! God forbid! Knock in the wood!
Now I got all into the superstition thing, let me go back to what I really wanted to talk about when I decided to write this blog. It’s about my trip!
Travel is a passion of mine and that’s the reason every time I have the opportunity to travel I don’t think twice and now I have the perfect excuse to travel more when I go to Brazil because I want to show my husband and you all the beautiful places we have there. The ones that I’ve been to or not, yet!
So, after spending a few days at the beach in Sao Paulo with my family I will take my husband to a trip that I think it is worth driving to get at our destination. There is a paradise between the cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro and I’ve been there before a couple of times but I want him to experience it as well.
We will leave my brother’s on January 2nd and start to make our way to Angra dos Reis in Rio de Janeiro.
We will spend a night in Sao Sebastiao in the North Coast of Sao Paulo. I wrote about it in aprevious blog. It is a shame we don’t have a lot of time, otherwise I would stay longer in this little hidden paradise at Praia do Toque Toque Grande. I’m so looking forward to my stay there and spend some time with Edson and Renata Pavao.
I love the beaches in the North Coast because they are not as crowed and they are simply beautiful.
From there we will hit the road! No, not from that song (this is one thing I always get upset when I don’t know what people are talking about, so here it goes, I’m talking about the song that says: “hit the road Jack, and don’t you come back no more, no more, no more… ). I’m talking about the highway I mentioned in a previous blog and that I think is so worth to drive on! Rio Santos Highway!
We will drive in this highway by the ocean passing by the cities of Caraguatatuba, Ubatuba and reach the state of Rio de Janeiro at Parati, a cute little city full of culture and cute old buildings with its historic town.
From Sao Sebastiao to Parati it will take about two hours and a half, maybe a little less. Then, from Parati to Angra, our final destination, it will take another one hour and a half.
Angra is located 151 Km from Rio de Janeiro and 411 Km from Sao Paulo.
There is one thing that I’m very excited about and I’m sure I will jump right in! I’m going to dive with them and see all the cute colorful fishes, sea horses, sea turtles and other marine animals of our diverse and beautiful fauna.
Another great thing about them is that if you are visiting from Rio, they can offer you a private transportation with bilingual driver (Spanish and/or English). You can contact them directly at email@example.com or click here to send them a message through their website.
Thank you for visiting and reading my post. Talk to you later!