Fran and I are in the Brazilian Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland. We just arrived and have little to share but thought we should try to blog as much as we can. So, with some apologies here are a few thoughts from the first day – not really out in the bush yet so it will get better. A few notes about remote Brazil; we had to take a taxi to a large mall to reach an ATM and then we were eleventh in line. This is in a city of over a million people. Taxis are not expensive however. McDonalds’ outnumber KFC outlets. The women all have long black hair and wear black clothes. It is quite warm here; now and all year. We are quite warm and sticky pretty much all the time. This is the dry season and some of the trees have dropped their leaves.