Days 12-16 Monkeys, Jaguars & Snakes Oh My! By CS
Trip Start Nov 28, 2007
23Trip End Feb 15, 2008
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I've also gotten a chance to show Erin some of the sights in Belem. I wanted to take her to the botanical garden (Bosque) and zoo (Museu) to get her ready for the trip to Macapá and the Amazon this weekend. We took lots of pictures. The macaws were her fav.
We got around Belem using the buses so that Erin could get up close and personal with the locals.
Tuesday evening, my Aunt Tatiana took us to Estação das Docas, which is the new hot location in Belem. The city renovated the old docks and shipping yard and turned them into a series of restaurants and shops right on the water. We sampled some of the beer from the microbrewery, ate a meter long cheese filled sausage, duck in tucupi dumplings, and beef pastels. The place was packed even on a Tuesday night, and Erin enjoyed the live music, which is on a mobile stage above our heads that moves up and down the length of the building. (Here's a video she took she thought Grandma Clyne would like)
Erin has been trying all of the new foods and fruits we set before her, including tacaca (spicy soup served on the roadside with tucupi, jambu - a leaf that has some anesthetic properties that makes your tongue tingle, salty shrimp, and spicy pepper sauce), filhote no tucupi (catfish with the same tucupi, jambu, and pepper sauce over rice), lots of churrasco (bbq), different fresh water and ocean fishes, cajá, mangos, papayas. We've also been sampling different ice creams - coconut, açai, tapioca, muruci, passion fruit, bacuri, graviola, and cupuaçu... And no stomach problems so far, so we're happy about that.