Brasil: Day 3

August 31, 2010

I woke up with little butterflies in my stomach, the kind of butterflies that I get when I am about to set off on an adventure.  You see, Lucas and I had the grand idea that we would rent a buggy — a popular thing to do when in Buzios — and drive from beach to beach.  We were after all on a quest to find our favorite!

Our pousada called the rental company for us and by the time we were finished with our breakfast the buggy had arrived.  We spent about an hour filling out paperwork and once we had signed away our lives the keys were presented to us.  I was the one driving, since Lucas lives in Buenos Aires and therefore has no need for a driver’s lisence.  As we got into the buggy my excitement turned to dread, as our buggy was not an automatic.  Yes, I know, roll your eyes and laugh, but I do not know how to drive a stick shift (it is on my Bucket List to learn by the way).  Lucas tried to teach me, though that was an absolute disaster.  After yet another hour, I finally gave up and had to embarrassingly call the rental company to ask for a refund and for them to pick up the buggy, while in the meantime I left it stuck in the middle of the road on a hill.  Not one of my proudest moments!  The difference between tragedy and comedy is a sense of humor (which thankfully both of us have).  As many travelers have learned while on the road: the worse the experience, the better the story.

Since it was already mid-afternoon, Lucas and I decided to stay where we were to take advantage of the incredible pool at Casas Brancas and to continue laughing off the unsuccessful morning with some caipirinhas.

I know I have done nothing, but sing Casas Brancas’ praises for the last several posts, however I simply cannot imagine a more aesthetically pleasing place.

Towards the end of the day the beach along Buzios Bay was calling out to us and we decided to pay it a visit.  It took us about fifteen minutes to walk there.

It was not the most beautiful beach I have ever visited, however the calm water was the perfect temperature.  Lucas and I floated away the time and before we knew it the sun began to set.

And the walk back to our pousada was illuminated by yet another pink sky.

By the time we made it back to our room the moon was now the center of the attention in Buzios.

Lucas and I were surprisingly tired and decided that we would have a long, leisurely dinner and then buy some cake at a nearyby bakery to take back to enjoy on our terrace.

As we indulged in our desserts under the moonlight, we found it difficult to believe that tomorrow would be our last day in Buzios.  We knew we had to make it special, and special it would definitely be!

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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35 thoughts on “Brasil: Day 3

  1. Amanda

    Oh no! Lol those silly manual cars! Sorry your plan to find your perfect beach didn’t quite pan out. It looks like you still had a fantastic day, though!

  2. Caz Makepeace

    What a romantic holiday. Love the bikini! I am really enjoying driving around in a manual car again. You must learn. I can’t help but feel like I am a racing car driver on a grand adventure each time I drive.

  3. Mary

    i had a similar experience having to drive a stick for the first time in the Czech Republic in the snow and uphill! Good try anyway… your night time outfits are so cute!

  4. Ana

    Don’t worry about not driving manual cars. I can;t either and I grew up in Argentina! It’s true that you can get by without a car in Buenos Aires 🙂
    Love your bikini!!

  5. Brooke vs. the World

    OMG, love this – I had a similar experience, but luckily realized before picking up the vehicle that it was a stick! Don’t worry – there are so many people in this world that never learn because we normally never have to worry about it. 😉

  6. Ted Nelson

    Learning stick shift is a stressful endeavor that should be done first in a safe parking lot. Definitely not something you want to learn while trying to enjoy a day traveling in a foreign country. Glad to hear you made the best of the day.

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