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Tuesday,  11/18/08  08:29 PM

at the beach...Each culture has unique words that describe concepts important in the culture, and so it is with Brazil; and upon landing in Rio de Janeiro I was vividly introduced to maresia.  This word, loosely translated as "sea air", or "smell of the sea", refers to that warm relaxed comfortable feeling you get when you're at the seashore.  It is partly the physical; the sand, the warmth, the humidity, indeed the smell of the sea, but also includes the mental; the feeling of relaxation and lessening of tension.  Picture yourself at the beach on a summer's day, with nothing to do but read a book and drink some beer.  That's maresia.  (Just typing these words brings a smile ;)


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