1. Take forró dance lessons. I did! I found a school near my apartment and had classes every Tuesday and Thursday night. This was basically my only dancing outlet and I was sooooo thankful for it! (And now back to my regularly-scheduled bachata and salsa obsession…)
(This video is from the June Festivals, before I had taken a single class. One of the university employees offered to show me how to dance forro on the spot and I did NOT know what I was doing. I got much better after I actually learned the basic steps – ha!)
2. Visit Lençóis Maranhenses National Park. I did! Read about it here.
3. See Iguassu Falls. Yep! Read about it here.
4. Visit The Pantanal. Check! And I saw a few jaguars too!
5. Enjoy some beach time. So many beaches. I went to Sao Luis, Jericoacoara (probably my favorite), Natal/Galinhos, and Joao Pessoa/Pipa. Northeastern Brazil is known for having great beaches, and they did not disappoint.
6. See Carol. Hooray! When I was in Brasilia for the Braz-TESOL conference, I got to meet up with my friend from grad school. So fun to catch up with her!
7. Try cashew fruit. Not only did I get to try cashew fruits, I also had cashew nuts, cashew juice, and cajuina (like a cider, similar to how apple cider is a stronger version of apple juice).
I think this is the first time that I accomplished all of my goals for a country! What’s next??