Days 17 - 18: Paraty, Brazil

Trip Start Sep 23, 2013
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Brazil  , Rio de Janeiro,
Saturday, October 12, 2013

Day 17

Kelly managed to get some writing work today and as we felt as though we'd seen most of what Paraty has to offer in terms of attractions, we decided to mooch around the hostel. 

With the breadwinner earning the pennies I took on the role of housewife and made dinner. On the menu was a traditional Brazilian fish stew called a moqueca. We're still not sure what the fish the fishmonger gave us but it was delicious and dead easy to cook. Highly recommended! Here's the recipe. 

Day 18 

We had another fairly lazy day today sunning ourselves on the beach and having a few afternoon beers in the beach bar. Feeling very relaxed we sauntered around Paraty taking in the sights and sounds for one last time. Had we been a couple of months later on in our trip, I think we'd have happily stayed in Paraty. Its a beautiful town full of friendly people (except the asian fella selling coxhinias outside the bus station). 

Sadly, as we found out tonight Paraty isn't full of amazing restaurants. Hungry and desperate for somewhere reasonable to eat we chose an all you can eat buffet. We piled our plates up, sat down, took two bites and immediately regretted our choice. We're not fussy but the food was inedible and cold. Unfortunately trying to explain this to the owner who didn't speak a word of English wasn't easy and in the end we just walked out. We're still not sure what was on our plates but the taste lingered for hours! 

Kelly also seems to think its important for me to mention that she beat me at FIFA. 
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Uncle Matthew on

Thanks for the recipe, Gordon Ramsey! Will try it out and let you know if it meets with family approval here in Boston.

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