21
Nov 2011
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Argentina and Brazil in Under Five Minutes

This is my overview video of my “Filmmaker of the Year” grand prize trip from Tripfilms.  It’s pretty hard to capture my entire trip in just one video, and yet I still tried.  In case this gets you itchin’ for more of my South America travels, you can check out my other posts about the trip here.

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Robert Shops for Thongs in Rio

As you might imagine, Rio has a lot of thongs.  I wanted to blend in with the locals, so I did a little shopping.

12
Oct 2011
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I didn’t know Brazilians loved Rod Stewart that much

So I’m in Rio, right, sitting down for a little dinner with my friends at an upper scale restaurant, when all of a sudden, the restaurant starts projecting a Rod Stewart concert video.  One question immediately popped in my head:  Why?  I mean, don’t get me wrong, Rod Stewart’s a great guy.  He’s had a fantastic career and is very well preserved for his age.  But I’m eating dinner in a place with mood lighting.  I thought it was kind of assumed we wouldn’t have a concert video play in the background, Rod Stewart or otherwise.

I wasn’t eating at a sports bar, where you go there to watch TV (well, obviously I wasn’t eating at a sports bar).  I was eating at a place where a couple might go to have a romantic meal.  Is Mr. Stewart an aphrodisiac?  Is that what this was?  Does his bold red blazer and slight frame set Brazilian women’s hearts a flutter, and the manager wanted to help out the men’s chances on their dates?  That couldn’t possibly be it, because do you know how hard it is to carry a conversation when Rod Stewart is belting out hit after hit fifty feet away?  Even with the sound turned down, it’s tough.  I wanted to talk to my friends, but Rod’s stage presence kept drawing me in.  I could only imagine the difficulty of a guy on a date.  Sure, he might be with a gorgeous brunette, but that blonde stunner on screen has got the goods.

To add to the weirdness of the whole situation, they played the video between performances from a live musical duo who played traditional Brazilian music.  The restaurant went from acoustic guitar songs sung in Portuguese to Rod Stewart.  The duo returned after a while and continued playing their gentle tunes as we had dessert, but by then, it didn’t feel right eating without Rod Stewart staring down at me.  He had become a part of our group.

I can only hope the next country I visit has an equal reverence for soft rock vocalists.  Fingers crossed for Barry Manilow.

07
Oct 2011
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Robert Rides a Boat into Iguazu Falls

I don’t get out into nature much.  That changed when I visited the small town of Iguazu in Argentina and experienced the nearby Iguazu Falls.  I not only traveled over rough, tropical terrain, but I also got on a boat!  Big time stuff for a city boy like me.

05
Oct 2011
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