Our Floripa, Brazil, resident director–John Loveday, has sent us a fresh batch of pictures from their adventure on a pirate ship, yup, let that sink in. Can I get an, “Arrgh, matey!”?
On a breezy sunny day, perfect for the occasion, the USAC “pirates” cast their sails due north from the historical center of Florianópolis up to the Island Fortress, Anhatomirim, passing by other tropical islands inhabited only by wild life.
They then cast anchor to visit and exlpore the Fortress island in hopes of finding some “buried treasure!”
A bit of history: After many defenses against Spanish and even French forces, Anhatomirim served as a home for political prisoners and then as a hospital for contagious diseases, before being converted to a museum, under the administration of our host university’s Historical Buildings department. Today it is one of the best-preserved monuments in southern Brazil and, although no buried treasure was found, it was a great expedition for our students!
Other cultural immersion opportunities and generally fun excursions were had with activities like: hiking, snorkeling and rafting, historical sights and taking in the natural beauty of Brazil.
Also, check out Ryan’s USAC Student Blog titled: Fun in Florianopolis, Brazil.
Join us on the next island adventure in Brazil, and sail the open sea!