Day 192: Old stomping grounds

After spending more than a month taking a little break from our travels with the familiar confines and comfortable situation with friends and family in Brazil, it was time for us to continue our journey and move on to our next destination.  Back to our reality which is a temporary nomadic life as strangers in…

Day 191: Friends along the way

Lana came into our lives when she visited Chicago for a weekend with her sister, Lisa, who is one of Márcia’s best friends.  We had a memorable time and joked that one day we were going to visit her in her adopted home of Fortaleza.  No doubt she thought nothing of it but we always…

Day 190: The little hidden one

Escondidinho is another popular plate from the Northeastern region of Brazil that is as delicious as it is famous.  There are several versions but the original is essentially dried salty beef strips (carne seca) hidden between layers of specially seasoned cassava purée that is sealed together with the squeaky coalho cheese.  Carne Seca has been…

Day 189: Not a bad combination

Although Jericoacoara is a coastal town and claims to have one of the best beaches in the country, many tourists who visit the fishing small village spend their time hopping from one nearby lake to another.  There is good reason for this route because the picturesque lakes have calm, crystal waters and are ideal for…

Day 188: Welcome to the rock

Jericoacoara is a small fishing village and the northernmost organized municipality in the state of Ceará.  The trip from Fortaleza is 185 miles with the last 20 requiring an off-road capable vehicle because sand paths have not given way to paved roads.  The name of the town comes from a local indigenous language and means…