MOST Magazine Fashion MAY-JUNE'15 ISSUE NO.9 - Page 201

The Amazon was one of the places I really wanted to visit while in Brazil. All of my Brazilian friends called me crazy to leave Rio and go to a place where mosquitos are the size pigeons, as they said. But the real question is, how can you go to Brazil and NOT visit such an iconic part of the country? The journey starts at Manaus, where you have to take a car, a small boat, and countless hours of Pirogue in order to get to the camp with your guide. The Amazon is a hard environment: it’s hot, humid, and indeed full of mosquitos. But you forget all of this because you’re in the heart of nature. It is amazing the sheer number of animals and insects you can see. However, I quickly discovered it’s equally amazing how hard it is to take pictures of them. I had the opportunity to see the local way of living; kids going from one point to another, using their Pirogues (canoes) in a way you’d spend years learning. From learning the art of living to the old man still making natural rubber by extracting it from the trees, there was so much goodness in being there. By chance, I was able to sleep inside the rainforest, surrounded by sounds I could not identify, but feeling sensationally good to exist in that moment. www.MOST || F A S H I O N M A G A Z I N E || 201