Turkey testicles and belly laughing

Trip Start Jan 15, 2010
Trip End Nov 09, 2010

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Parana,
Saturday, January 23, 2010

Tamara reporting--One week in and already so much has happened!  Jeff is in progress of describing the Favela, so I won't repeat, although I was struck by the strangeness that there were little bird cages with finches hung along the mess of power lines, and as we were marching through the labyrinth single file, you could hear the birds singing and the sound of the raw sewage rushing just underfoot. 

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.  One night we went to our equivalent of a buffet--but 10 times better.  They sell the food by the kilo.  So you serve yourself the salad and side dishes, then sidle up to the BBQ pit where they slice the meat off of huge skewers.  It was delicious! And now that I know about that type of dining, you see it everywhere. Much cheaper way to get fresh meat hot off the BBQ than the way we did it last night in Foz de Iguazu!  

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.

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Bruce on

From your entries its easy to see you guys are having the time of your lives and from the comments I'm sure you can see we are living it with you. Normally I think I would pass on the turkey testicles but I'd have to say I would at least try one perhaps before I made judgement! You guys rock!!! Keep up the post!

Page on

Great video! What an amazing sight! Never seen anything like it! I think one turkey doodad would have been enough for me too!

Lois on

even though I'm sure the pics don't do justice for the Falls, i sitll gives me an overwhelming sense of awe- absolutely indescribable.

Bo on

Hearts and Balls... Hearts and Balls lets get soaked at the Falls

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