A Pineapple Plantation, Sete Cidades, Ribeira Grande, And More

Yesterday saw a lot of travel around São Miguel.  We started at a pineapple plantation near Ponta Delgada.  Pineapples are here called “ananas” instead of the word they use in Brazil, which is abacaxi.  I’m told there is a botanical difference between these two words, depending on who you speak to.  Those interested in learning more can find an informative discussion on Quora about it here.  The cultivation of the pineapple is very sophisticated, and the fruit here is the best I’ve ever tasted.

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Visiting Lagoa Do Fogo, A Tea Factory, Santa Iria, Lagoa Das Furnas, And More

We explored more of the island of San Miguel today.  Starting off early in the morning, we drove by van to the volcanic lake known as Lagoa do Fogo.  It’s a very scenic drive from the city of Ponta Delgada, and I was impressed with how organized and well-planned the agricultural efforts are here.

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Ponta Delgada, San Miguel, The Azores

I arrived in Ponta Delgada on the island of San Miguel in the Azores early yesterday morning.  I have had a chance to do a bit of exploring of the city, and have some short trips lined up for the coming week.  I’m very impressed so far; the climate is temperate and pleasant, and the overall “feel” of the city is very congenial.  I was surprised at how different the idiom here is compared to the style of Portuguese spoken in Brazil.  It is very different, at least to me.

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Mundaú, Brazil

When a man is exposed to different modes of life, his sense of understanding and sympathy is correspondingly activated.  Preconceptions and prejudices begin to recede into the mist, and steps are made, perhaps still hesitatingly, towards a feeling of human commonalities.  And things that may once have seemed to be so important in our own lives take on a much more diminished aspect.

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Cambuco, Brazil

The town of Cambuco is about 40 kilometers from Fortaleza, and I visited it today.  A bus came and picked me up around 8:00 am, and we drove for about two hours.  When you arrive at the destination, you immediately are made aware that it is a tourist destination.  Vendors are aggressive, and the destination is designed as a small resort oasis with pools, restaurants, and “kite surfing” classes.  Tourism is a major source of income for the local residents.  I was surprised not to see a single foreign tourist, though:  the visitors were all domestic Brazilian tourists, all coming from different states in the country.

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Fortaleza’s Fish Market And Ecological Park

Today I visited Fortaleza’s fish market and a few other sights.  Fish markets have always fascinated me; I remember making a point of seeing Tokyo’s the last time I was there in 2014.  In Fortaleza, the selection revolves around different types of local fishes, lobster, octopus, and a few other things.  The arrangement is very simple:  buyers purchase what they want, then sit at the tables near the market.  For a nominal fee, the food is cooked and served up to you on the spot.

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From Fortaleza To Morro Branco And Canoa Quebrada

I have been in the city of Fortaleza for two days, and wanted to explore some of the surrounding sights.  This is my first time in the northern part of Brazil, and I had heard for a long time how beautiful the beaches were here.  They did not disappoint.

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