Turkey testicles and belly laughing
Trip Start Jan 15, 2010
36Trip End Nov 09, 2010
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I didn't really give a report of our two nights in the Bamboo Rio hostel. Let's just say, I might be too old for a hostel. :) Tiny little double bed, and while it was a private room, it opened RIGHT into the bar where all the 20 somethings drank and got progressively louder until the wee hours (thank goodness for ear plugs- critical gear item!!)---and the air conditioning only ran from 10pm to 10am, so you didn't have anywhere to retreat to. Not that we wanted to- we were loving the energy of being in a gigantic beach town, but it did force us to stay out a little later than we might have otherwise (especially after needing recovery from our samba night!) :) We had a great couple of last meals in Rio
We arrived in Foz de Iguazu around 4pm, and as we were trying to get our bearings, we were handed a flyer for a restaurant that had an English translation version. It listed all the types and cuts of meat that were on offer at the churrascaria including turkey testicles. Well, of course we couldn't pass that up!!! So, away we went. If anyone in Houston has been to Fogo de Chao, you know what this is-the waiters come around with the skewers to your table-it is an endless barrage of meat-fest! You barely finish one slice and they are there offering something else. However, in Houston, I don't think I was ever offered chicken hearts or turkey testicles! For those wondering... turkey testicles were about the size of a plum pit and tasted a bit like chicken--they had a barbeque flavor and were tender (unlike the chicken hearts, which were very chewy). I guess they are a delicacy, because the waiter raised an eyebrow when I only took one and later I saw people taking whole skewers of them (probably 20 or 30 on a skewer!!) Of the more delicious items I ate were bacon wrapped filet and grilled pineapple (it was a whole peeled pineapple, rubbed with cinnamon, sugar and raisins and grilled on the open pit- WOW--if you like to BBQ, you should try it!!) It was a lovely evening, but put us over budget for the day so tonite we are eating an apple, cucumber, rolls, block of cheese and bottle of wine from the grocery store (another critical gear item - purchased at REI, inflatable bowl with hard bottom for cutting board - "sea to summit")
But, I haven't mentioned yet the spectacular events of today!! We went to Iguazu Falls, on the Brazilian side (tomorrow we go to the Argentinian side!) It was unbelievable. I've attached a video. We went on a boat tour where they actually steer the boat directly under one of the falls so you get complete soaked. You can't see anything, because tons of water is beating down on your head, but I will never forget closing my eyes and hearing the sound of pure joy from Jeff as he belly-laughed the whole time.
It has only been a week!! crazy.