Bertioga or Bust

Precursor: Please listen to “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding while enjoying this blog post.

After three months of research and planning, 60 or so emails, a week in São Paulo and a two hour bus ride, I arrived in Bertioga, Brasil. It looked like a postcard.Image

The harbor is full of fishing vessels and other small watercraft. The downtown area right next door to the shipyard is a picturesque tourist spot complete with traditional Brazilian food vendors and rows and rows of souvenir shops. But, the serene river where the boats are docked is the real sight to behold.

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In the “low season” (Brasil’s winter months), Bertioga is considered a small town of around 50,000 citizens. But, during the height of summer in December, the population booms to over 200,000. I celebrated Christmas in Bertioga with my translator, Karla, and her family. There was no turkey on the table here; Christmas eating in Brasil is all about the Chester (a.k.a. turkey/chicken/butter all rolled into one and cooked to perfection in a ziplock bag).

I will celebrate the New Year in Bertioga as well. I’ve been told that Dec. 31 is the craziest night of the year and that I probably won’t be able to sleep from the fire works and loud celebrations. Nonetheless, I’m still looking forward to starting of 2013 with a splash! Dang it, I love puns.

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2 Responses to Bertioga or Bust

  1. Nice work. And Otis Redding’s song is one of my favorite tunes!!! Thanks for sharing your work. You guys be safe! And Happy New Year!

  2. Great pictures of a beautiful land. Happy New Year!!!

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