CIEE (my study abroad program) took us to a coffee farm last week about an hour outside SP. It was interesting to learn about the development of the coffee industry in Brazil, which had a huge role in the country’s growth, especially in SP. We also learned about the role of slave labor and immigration labor, and the entire process of how coffee is made- from the time the seeds are planted to the grinding of the coffee beans that we make our coffee with.
The farm was really beautiful and it was really nice to get out of the city for the day. We got to see a lot of cool wildlife, including little monkeys, cows, horses, strange birds, spiders, and some Capivaras (Capybara in English- I didn’t even know what that was so here’s a link if you don’t either: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capybara).
The cover picture is me with a huge spider that our guide found in the forest. She knew it wasn’t poisonous, but it was still huge and scary, but I decided I would get over myself and hold it. I had to hold it twice because the first time I was still really scared after (I was still a little afraid after the second time) but I was proud of myself for getting over it 🙂
Photo credit for these photos goes to Chris Ammerman