“Wild on E” Audition Reel – Day 2 in the Rainforest

If we thought the Amazon was wild yesterday, we were in store for a treat today. It was a back-to-back lineup of animals, adventures, and more animals. Some were planned encounters, and others, not so much… We woke up nice and early at 5:30am to catch the sunrise over the river. Normally, this would be…

Welcome to the Jungle

Today was the day we said goodbye to luxury – or even basic civilization – and said hello to the deep, dark jungle.  Despite the extensive research we did about various jungle tours, nothing could truly prepare us for the experience we lived through in the heart of the Amazon. We booked our tour through…

First World Cup Game: USA-Portugal

Gameday is finally here!  In an effort to get back to Manaus as early as possible, we took the first taxi out the next morning at 7am.  Three (sleepy) hours later, we got dropped off at our hotel which was a ways out from the center of town.  No one seemed to have heard of…

River Cruising in Novo Airao

We had our first experience of how Brazil does breakfasts this morning at our pousada, with a wide spread of various sweet cakes, fruits, breads, plantains, and donuts. Since we wanted to catch the World Cup games in the afternoon, we opted to sign up for a quick 2-hour boat tour of the Anavilhanas archipelagos…

JFK > Manaus: The Adventure Begins

After 4 years of saving and 6 months of planning, the day had finally come for us to leave for our World Cup adventure. And boy was it an adventure from the moment we arrived at the airport… It was confusion from the start, as our flight magically changed times (only by 10 minutes) and…