Thanksgiving on the Ilha Grande
Trip Start Aug 03, 2007
88Trip End Aug 01, 2008
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We arrived into the port settlement of Abraao and it reminded us a bit of the waterfront of Avalon in Catalina although much more lush and green. Waterfront restaurants and hostels were aplenty once you stepped off the pier along with many tasty dessert carts. We found ašai topped with granola, banana and honey so we were delighted! We also had our first sushi dinners of the trip and that was a little taste of heaven for us. We haven┤t seen many sushi restaurants on our travels in general, but we also hesitate to eat raw fish in many places for health reasons. This sushi bar was really cheap so we had to visit it twice.
Since there are no roads for driving on the island, the only way to get to the other beaches are to take a boat or to hike among the many trails through the rain forest. This would be a great place to take camping gear or just a small pack and hike from one beach area to another, staying in different places along the way. We did a great 2-hour hike to a beach called Lopes Mendes which some claim to be the most beautiful beach in Brazil and we have to say it is the most beautiful beach the two of us have ever seen. It felt like we were walking onto a screensaver (you know those tropical beach shots that come with your computer?).
Thanksgiving day arrived and it was a very strange experience for us to be in a place where no one celebrated or even recognized this American holiday! We did not hear or see any other Americans during our time there, though there may have been some in the island, so we felt like we were truly on our own in our celebration of the day. We talked about the things and people in our lives that we are thankful for and talked about our families' Thanksgiving traditions and what we would typically be doing that day were we at home. We definitely missed our families and the delicious food but are so grateful to be with one another on this amazing adventure.
We spent Thanksgiving day on a boat trip that allowed us to see a few other beaches of the island including the Blue Lagoon where we snorkeled.
It was an incredible few days of enjoying some of God's most gorgeous creations.