Everyone I talked to in Brazil told me Ilha Grande was paradise:
beautiful remote beaches on an island with no roads or cars made up entirely of
mountainous jungle and nature reserve.
I was really looking forward to spending the final five nights of my
trip at a Bed and Breakfast on a hammock overlooking the harbor.
beach to another amongst deafening cicadas, howler monkeys, and psychedelic
butterflies. I absolutely loved hiking
for hours in my bathing suit and emerging from the jungle to these cool little
beaches with restaurant shacks, a few people, and little else. It
really was a very cool place.
so my evenings, after those great days, were spent all dressed up and eating absolutely
delicious food by candlelight at a table in the sand.
nights can be too long to stay even in Paradise.
able to speak Portugese is a perfect way to meet no one. Frustration with language paired well with
increasing loneliness and a monsoon with power outages and Ihla Grande was not
so fun for me after a few days.
Somewhere in that loneliness I vowed to make the rest of the trip a
hiking, yoga, and meditation retreat for myself and I absolutely loved it. I danced around my room, did some yoga, hiked
and swam, meditated, wrote, and took photos.
I went out to dinner, I made out with my waiter, met a few nice couples.
The 55-day drought that Brazil was experiencing came to a screeching halt
with a ceaseless monsoon that lasted for days.
The storm wiped out the electricity and water source for the island, nothing
was open, the humidity was disgusting, and I began counting the hours until my
Ihla Grande is a good place to go for the weekend, not the week. Poor me.
I’m writing these final words from Puerto Rico where I’m going to shoot a
wedding on Saturday. I’m not sure I can
even comprehend what just happened. Did
all this just happen? Am I lying? Are the photos I just edited mine?
You guys, thank you so much for giving a shit about me. Writing this story to you kept me company and
kept my spirit afloat. If you’re
reading this sentence I love you very much and I’m so grateful to have your