Today, I slapped a thick layer of sunscreen all over my arms and legs and, along with my husband, drove to the beach, sun hats in tow. As we approached the part of the city where the road curves left and runs parallel to the shore, I had this great feeling of familiarity. We passed…

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I love Brazil. I love the people, the culture, the emphasis on fun and enjoying life, the weird accordion music, the $2.50 caipirinhas.* Since arriving in Brazil, it's been a non-stop beach-going, friend-meeting, cobblestone road-traversing adventure - and it's been a total blast. However, when my husband and I started planning this trip, we knew…