Blog 1: Paratay, Brazil (English)
Traveling in South America again is a wonderful experience. This experience is particularly distinct because we have a continuous video missionary project to do all along the way. This presents several challenges. One of which is simple but seemingly impossible at times; which is having two working electrical outlets.
After we record a vlog clip or an interview for OBS, we need to have working outlets available; one for the external hard drive where we store the footage and one for the computer. At our hostel here in Paratay, Brazil, there are three electrical outlets in our room, but only one works. Just the other night we were in a room adjacent to ours trying to stretch the cords between outlets across the room and coming up
a foot short for being able to plug in both items. This can be frustrating at times, especially if there are other guests using the outlets or wanting to use the outlets we’re using. The laptop does have a battery, but it does not last long enough to do all the editing we need to do. So if there is only one outlet available we occasionally have to alternate between charging the battery and plugging in the external hard
On top of that, we need to have available internet to upload the vlogs, interviews, blogs etc. We searched out this hostel in particular because it has wifi. This has been wonderful for being able to do everything we need to do online. It comes and goes most of the time, but it’s better than nothing. If wifi is not available nor a hard-line connection for our computer (Ethernet cable), then our last resort is to transfer the finished products (videos, vlogs etc.) to small USB drives and try to upload them from local internet cafes. This can get expensive, but it may be our only available option at some point.
Starting tomorrow (1/19/12) we’re going completely off the grid and doing a 4 or 5 day trek, like the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain. This trek can be as long as 400 kilometers (20 hiking days) if you’d like and was inspired by the Spanish Camino. The final destination of the trek is Aparecida, the largest Basilica in Brazil. Along the way we hope to find other pilgrims and collect their stories.
The Brazilians call it “Caminho da Fe” (The Walk of Faith). Check out their website (this link is in English) about it for more details (http://www.caminhodafe.com.br/iprincipal.html).