Thesis Research Trip to Brazil Part 1: The not-so-research part

As part of the research for my thesis project, I went on a field trip to Brazil, to try and get some good insights into small-scale agriculture (the general scope for my project, which was at this point still quite loosely defined). It was quite the experience, complete with catching some bacteria or parasite or something that had me sick for close to half the trip.
Unfortunately everything I saw and witnessed there will have little bearing on my project direction, but the process did help lead me along the path to the direction I chose.
It's always the journey that takes you there.

ARN - AMS - early morning flight from Stockholm to Amsterdam, already the 2nd flight on the journey to Brazil

AMS - GIG - same morning, pre flight from Amsterdam to Rio, before being stuck in a seat for 12 hour straight

Rio approach - about 5 minutes before landing in Rio, going over the beautiful Brazilian mountains

Ipanema beach at sunset - so apparently the way the sun sets on this beach over those mountains gets applause on a daily basis. This was my introduction to Rio, having arrived in 42C weather.

UID reunite - my gracious hostess, Camila and I on Ipanema beach. It was great to reunite with a fellow UID student alum on the other side of the world, and have her be such a great host for my trip and help me out with planning - Brazilian hospitality.

Rio de Janeiro - view from a hike up sugarloaf mountain 

Rio de Janeiro - view of the downtown from the sugarloaf

The infamous Copa Cabana Beach Hotel

These guys everywhere - love the prevalence of the VW beetles

And these guys everywhere as well - the VW Busses were still being produced in Brazil this year!

And these ones too - the pickup utility VW kombi's

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