Wednesday, April 6, 2011


Here's the scoop about this Brazil trip:

So my in-laws (Mark's dad and step-mom Shelly) have this great tradition of taking the Freeman boys to their missions after they get married/graduate from college. I'm not sure which exactly because so far all of them (3) have managed to get married before they graduate :) Lucky for me, spouses are also included in these over-the-top trips. Mark's oldest brother Josh served in Argentina and his other brother Erik served in Switzerland. I have heard more stories from those trips than anything else so it gets me extra excited for ours. It's a good thing that none of them got called to South Dakota! That would be a short trip :) Mark's younger brother served in Chile, and now he just needs to get hitched! For the record, I didn't know about this before Mark and I got engaged. This had no influence over my decision to marry him! Just kidding!

We're flying into Rio de Janeiro July 7 and leaving July16. Because I'm supposedly a Geography guru (that's what I'm going to teach someday), here's a playful map of where we'll be going.

First, we're flying into Rio (shown with the Christus on the south end). Then, we're going to get on a plane and go to Fortaleza and see where Mark served (and sweat) for two years on his mission. It's on the north eastern corner. He was right on the outskirts of the Rainforrest! Amazing! We're just trying to decide now if we want to take extra time to either go on a cruise down the Amazon or fly south and see Iguacu Falls, another wonder of the world. You need a month to see these places! How in the world are we going to decide? It's like trying to choose between a chocolate cake or a brownie. Both are amazing and you can't go wrong. We may just skip the rainforrest and falls so we can really see Rio and Fortaleza. I'll let you know when it's decided. Luckily we're going during their "winter" (please don't picture Utah's version of winter, it's quite different!) so the heat won't be too excruciating. The humidity however....ohh boy!!

Check out this hotel that we're staying in the first couple of days! We're right on Copacabana beach, which is just around the corner from the "most beautiful and desired beach in the world" (WARNING: do not Google this [Copacabana beach] unless you want to see naked people, which I really hope and pray you don't. Yeah..that's awkward on a BYU computer!!). I forgot what the name is of that other fancy beach. Anyway, I really hope there aren't too many bare bums and breasts on this trip! I'll have the blindfold ready! After all, Brazil is pretty nuts from what I hear. Poor missionaries! Thank goodness they stay far away from the beaches.
I can't wait to see one of the 7 wonders of the world! Seriously, how cool is that?!

Beautiful! Hopefully the next picture I put up of this is with me in front of it :) I'm glad I have my Latin American Studies major hunk-of-a-husband who can give us a tour and background information. I have found that trips to exotic (or not-so-exotic) destinations are a lot less valuable and memorable when you don't know the history of it (thank you Spain Study Abroad 2008!). I'll be working on that! The language?? Oh geez. Yeah, we'll see about that.


  1. I must put in a plug for going to Iguacu Falls (although I think it is spelled differently in Argentina...I think it has a "z" in it or something. Yep, I just looked it up. It is Iguazu Falls in Argentina!) It was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen! Definitely a highlight of our trip. I'm sure the Amazon would be really neat too though. You guys are going to have an awesome time!

  2. Okay, I am jealous! Brazil?!? That is going to be a blast!

  3. Okay first of all, I love you and your blog. Secondly. Brazil will be so fabulous!! Im so excited for you and Markey Mark!

  4. Oh my gosh!!! That sounds like so much fun! What a fun family tradition!! I can't wait to hear all about it!

  5. you are going!!!!!!!!! yessssssss! im so excited for you!!!

  6. I am so so so SO SO SO SO SO jealous!!!! Matt has been talking about taking me to Fortaleza for seven years. SEVEN YEARS-- ever since we were first dating and I went through his wallet and found the business card of a romantic resort called Boa Vista in Camocim. He told me that's where he was going to take his wife someday on their honeymoon. (Oh really? Can we say Ogden Canyon for a weekend and then back to classes on Tuesday??? Not quite the same.) You are going to have the time of your life. I can't wait to hear all about it!