We are at sea at the moment, inbound to Recife and hopefully I will be able to post this report as I hear the Internet is up and running again.
Hope you folks are "enjoying" being up to your armpits in snow as much as we are "suffering" through clear skies, warm breezes, 24 hour non-stop eating and generally lazing about.
We were supposed to meet with a fellow CouchSurfer in Fortaleza but we never received a response from him (turns out the Internet server on the ship "crashed"). Nonetheless we had a wonderful time in Fortaleza with fellow cruisers. We visited the local market and then walked down to the main beach (30C by the way) where we secured a very comfortable table at a beach-side restaurant where we sat under a large umbrella; watched the locals; and sampled the local beverages. Being more than half baked by this point in time, we hailed a cab and headed back to the ship.