during brazil world cup – our top 8

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The World Cup in Brazil is now rolling towards the quarter finals, only 8 of 32 teams will remain – the top 8! So we figured we will have our very own top 8… our top 8 moments from this visit to Brazil.

8.  Brazilian BBQ – we have eaten it countless times in Australia but finally trying it in its country of origin. The meat is so tender and succulent albeit salty at times!


7. Curitiba Markets was such a surprise package. We love strolling through markets so this was our little pearl.


6. Singing our National Anthem, loud and proud at all three Australian matches. The first one was quite emotional and surreal, the realisation that we were really in Brazil for the World Cup!


5. Where else can you kick a soccer ball around with a stranger in an airport or on the street? Brazil!! Unfortunately, we didn’t have our camera ready for these random yet memorable moments.

4. Churros with dulce de leche – the churros in Brazil is so much chunkier than what we get in Australia and the sauce is just heavenly! The guys that sold it to us were so excited we were Australians, they want a photo with us 🙂 Don’t miss churros, when visiting Brazil!


3. The Socceroos captain prepares for the penalty goal that will have Australia lead Netherlands 2-1 (even if it is only for several minutes, we were still ahead at one point of this game 😉 )


2.  The sense of camaraderie amongst the supporters – with countries competing on the field, there is no sense of rivalry anywhere! We enjoyed meeting and mingling with people of all nations here for the same reason as us 🙂

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1. At the feet of Christ the Redeemer, feeling truly small and insignificant yet ever so humbled.


Have you been to Brazil? Tell us what you love about Brazil!






31 thoughts on “during brazil world cup – our top 8

    our travel wish list « wise monkeys abroad said:
    October 23, 2014 at 5:10 pm

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    travelinginyourtwenties said:
    July 15, 2014 at 3:03 am

    So lucky! I wanted to go to Brazil during the cup so bad haha

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      July 15, 2014 at 3:06 am

      It was an amazing experience! Put World Cup on your to-do list. Russia maybe?!

    thebritishberliner said:
    July 12, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Sucha great post. I’ve never been to Brazil but if there’s ever a time to be in that wonderful country it’s now. Have a wonderful time out there guys. 🙂 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      July 12, 2014 at 9:13 pm

      Hiya! Thanks for your comment – we have now left Brazil! But yes, it was an incredible time to be there and we feel so lucky for being able to experience it.

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    Shikha (whywasteannualleave) said:
    July 3, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Lovely idea for a post!! I’m missing those churros – you guys must be having such an amazing time out there!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      July 3, 2014 at 8:24 am

      Churros is amazing, right??

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      July 3, 2014 at 8:25 am

      We have just returned and now getting ready to head over to Europe 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

    prior said:
    July 2, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    how fun – and thanks for making me drool with that opening meat photo – oh my goodness was that a good shot. and we have a restaurant here in town called “texas de Brazil” where they come to the table and serve you all you can eat meat (and they have salad bar too). I think they have similar restaurants everywhere – and for a special occasion it is nice and has that Brazil touch.
    great post – thanks for sharing. 🙂 ❤

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      July 2, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      Thank you Yvette for leaving us with such a pleasant comment to read 🙂 Food is always such an interesting part of travel… We love photographing it when we can – makes for good memories for the tummy! Hope you have been well!!

        prior said:
        July 2, 2014 at 4:08 pm

        yes, thanks – things have been well – and actually getting ready for a nice summer pause. 🙂

        oh – and I also forgot to note how I loved every single shot in this post. from the sombreros – to the beach shots – to the massive crowd down view with the blue sky – to the guy holding up the yellow balloon – each selection fit so well to give us a feel for the adventure – and the night view of the iconic Christ statue was a nice wrap up.

        we have not been to Brazil – but it is now on our list (after Europe in 2016) because we had a Brazilian student stay with us for two summers (only one week and then 2 1/2) and well now we have to go and check it out!!

    the eternal traveller said:
    July 1, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    It really sounds like you had a marvellous time in Brazil. I agree with everyone else, number one on my list would have been the churros for sure. Your photos of Christ the Redeemer are just amazing.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      July 2, 2014 at 6:23 am

      Thanks 🙂 Brazil was definitely a trip worth remembering!! We can’t wait to go back – craving churros so much LOL!

    Packing my Suitcase said:
    July 1, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Ownnn Im so glad you enjoyed my country! The “Churrasco” photo is killing me, I really miss the food! It seems to me that you guys enjoyed a lot the Word Cup in Brazil. Im feeling really envy right now that I cant be at home for the Word Cup! Amazing post, it was really seeing my country through your eyes 🙂 have a great week! 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      July 1, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      You have such a wonderful home country!!! We can’t wait to go back & visit again one day 🙂 The World Cup was one of the most unforgettable experiences we have ever had! Thanks so much for sharing your comment 🙂

        Packing my Suitcase said:
        July 1, 2014 at 8:40 pm

        Im very happy to know that! You’re welcome…thank YOU for sharing your experience there 🙂

    kayrpea61 said:
    July 1, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Lovely morsels of wisdom gathered by the eponymous duo 😉

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      July 1, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      Ken – we always look forward to your comments 🙂

    mamtachakravorty said:
    July 1, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    You sure are having lot of fun out there !!! 🙂 🙂 …me jealous , jealous 😦

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      July 1, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      We are home now 😦 but it certainly was a lot of fun! Many memories we will never forget.

    Bemused Backpacker said:
    July 1, 2014 at 7:58 am

    I’d personally forget about everything else and put all the food straight to the top of the list! Haha! Mmm Churros! I could live off them!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      July 1, 2014 at 8:00 am

      Haha – totally churros was amazing! We were so happy every time we found a vendor! Hmmm…. feeling like some right now! Thanks Mike! 🙂

    thesoccersphere said:
    July 1, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Meat looks fantastic

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      July 1, 2014 at 7:55 am

      Meat was INCREDIBLE!! But we did get to missing vegetables whilst there – lol! Yes, truly! We missed vegetables because of the amount of meat we were eating! 😉

    Mani (A New Life Wandering) said:
    July 1, 2014 at 7:39 am

    So amazing! I’m definitely having world cup fever this year. Unfortunately, it died a little yesterday when Mexico, my team, lost to a penalty that shouldn’t have been.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      July 1, 2014 at 7:42 am

      Oh yes, sorry about Mexico! They played like Chile did – with so much soul and fire yet it was just not meant to be for either team! Cup Fever will be winding down soon for many… 2 weeks to go!
      Thanks Mani for stopping by 🙂

        Mani (A New Life Wandering) said:
        July 1, 2014 at 7:50 am

        You are totally right. Chile’s game was strong too. I felt bad for them, but I would’ve also felt bad for the Brazilians if they lost. The world cup is so emotional! Haha.

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          July 1, 2014 at 7:53 am

          Oh it is!! Australia is out but every penalty shoot out and each goal for whichever country is still so emotional for us. Our hearts racing and our tears of joy and anguish! We are not even backing any particular country now… its like that for every team LOL!

    thetravellush said:
    July 1, 2014 at 6:45 am

    I can’t even imagine how much fun you two must have had. I love the photos of the hardcore fans! The face paint and crazy outfits are so awesome!!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      July 1, 2014 at 6:51 am

      It was incredible!! An experience we will NEVER forget 🙂
      There were LOTS of hardcore fans: costumes, colours, face paint, flags… it was just amazing to watch! Thanks for stoping by 🙂 Have a great week ahead!

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