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The traditions of Brazil are alive through Capoeira, a martial art form that combines dance and acrobatics.

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- [Stephen] If you had a choice to pack up all your things and paint a picture of the world we live in, what would you do? You ask yourself, what do I have to lose? ♪ Baby, let me follow you down ♪ ♪ Follow you down ♪ ♪ I'm all in pieces just waiting for you to come round ♪ ♪ Round ♪ ♪ To sing you the song ♪ ♪ Baby, let me sing you the song ♪ ♪ Burnt cigarettes and the hard finger tips are what ♪ ♪ I'd sacrifice to deliver you this ♪ ♪ Song ♪ - [Stephen] We find ourselves living on this planet we call home, yet we are so disconnected from it all, we feel like complete strangers. The pursuit of happiness, the pursuit of love, the pursuit of adventure, and the pursuit of freedom. My name is Stephen Friedman and this is the story of chasing the sun. ♪ I go back to base ♪ ♪ To find a new way ♪ - Do you know what it is? It's all a common thread, everything's linked with one another and it's not about the destination, it's about the people in the destination. Yes, this might be the country of Brazil, but it's the people that make the country of Brazil so unique, like some of the backdrops that we've been in could be anywhere in the world but it's the people within the backdrops that creates the country. And we're experiencing it right now. ♪ Will you be what I'm thinking ♪ ♪ Thinking of ♪ ♪ 'Cause I have ♪ - I've been exploring the northeastern part of Brazil and so far Fortaleza and Jericoacoara are full of interesting characters, like Brad Pitt, AKA Luis. His friend, Mr. Francisco, owns a bakery that runs from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m. in the morning. The Saint Antonio Bakery has become an institution for all the tourists to stop by after a night out in the town. The bakery also services all the hotels and restaurants in the area so there are freshly baked goods first thing in the morning. - You know, I'll make it with chocolate, with cheese, with ham, and it's awesome. And they don't sell alcohol. They sell only coffee, milk, juices, and, of course, the great bread they make with a lot of love. ♪ To find a new way, I go back ♪ ♪ To base ♪ ♪ Thinking of ♪ - Things I grew up with stay with me. You start a certain way and then you spend your whole life trying to find a certain simplicity that you had. It's less about staying in childhood than keeping a certain spirit of seeing things in a different way. - The dunes, it's the big, big thing in Jericoacoara. Every day, everybody goes to the dune that's in Jeri, okay, and go up to the dune and wait for the sunset and everybody will clap, get your hands together after the sunset to celebrate that beautiful view of the sunset in Jeri. And if you see the sunset, then 100 time, you're gonna see 100 different sunsets. - [Stephen] Capoeira, or the dance of war, runs in the blood of Brazilians, so I wanted to go to Natal so I could meet up with Master Bocao, AKA Big Mouth, who's Brazil's most recognized Capoeira student. To express energy through movements and sound, this is where I find myself, in the middle of it all, that lights up the room around us. - You see, I always get like this when I talk about Capoeira or if I have this chance, watching Capoeira and what is an emotional moment besides the fantastic show, that they are the best. - We must realize that is a fight, for seers, you know? But it's like karate, where it's a fight, but not everybody's fighting karate on the streets. But, nowadays, Capoeira is becoming not only a sport, but also, and I tell you, this is quite interesting, women are discovering Capoeira in order to get fit instead of going to gymnastics and doing always the same exercise, boring exercise, they go and practice Capoeira and this is being spread all over the world. Bocao, he himself, he has been in many parts of many part of Europe. - In that school of Capoeira, they start since very little 'til they are already men and, at the moment, we have the best in the world, this is Bocao and he really gave a spectacle for us, a demonstration, because it's just beautiful. He really feels that. And when, as he feels it so much, he passes his energy to us. And then when we watch him, and even the others, it's an exchange of energy that we feel, all together in that moment. ♪ Was it worth it for the view ♪ ♪ It all looked good from up there ♪ ♪ All the roses were in bloom ♪ ♪ And there was pollen in the air ♪ ♪ It all comes and goes ♪ ♪ It all comes and goes ♪ ♪ It all comes and goes ♪ ♪ It all comes ♪ ♪ All these woes ♪ - Being there, that just is it. There's nothing else to describe it, more than that just happened. And, I don't know, it's kinda just buzzing inside me, the music and just the drums and just the, everyone. That was surreal, man. That's Brazilian passion right there, yeah. That's Brazilian passion. You can't buy that, you can't, you kinda have to come to Brazil and experience it and actually see it for yourself. There's nowhere else in the world that I've seen and being the cultures and things like that, the Brazilian culture is on another level and that basically was it. You can't beat that. - Well, it has a fantastic climate, almost 360 days of good weather. Medium temperature all over the year of 28 degrees. Sea water, 26, 27. All over the year too. Sunshine, quiet place, wonderful environment with palm trees and dunes, I don't see anything better. The population of Natal is still small population, just 800,000 people. In Natal, I don't mean all the state, so I think it's the ideal to have quality of life. Wilma de Faria, she was a governor. She built this bridge in two years. There was 1,000 men working every day over there. It was built to make the connection with the south zone of Natal with the north coast of Natal in order to bring more tourism into that area. And it has two kilometers from one point to the other and is over the river Potengi. That, in fact, when the Portuguese first arrived here, in 1501, they gave the name of Rio Grande, so rio means river and grande, big. So, nowadays, they returned to the original name, but our state still remains with the same name of Rio Grande. It's named nowadays the Bridge of Everybody, that's the common name. But the real name is Newton Navarro Bridge. My name is Manuela Ribeiro, although everybody knows me by Manu. - Manuela, yeah, she's one passionate woman. Yeah, every day spent here is another story that she has to offer and she's a lovely, lovely, lovely lady. - The cashew, it's a phenomenon. The largest cashew tree in the world. We are on the Guinness Book because of this tree. The top of this tree occupies an area of about 8,500 square meters. In general, in a normal tree, if any branch touched the land, it dies. When in contact with water and the mud, it dies. But, in this case, a phenomena happened in that tree that, instead of the branch when touched the land, instead of dying, it suffer a movement of looking for the light. So there is just one main trunk, with the main root, all the rest, we see all over that area, are branches. So the phenomena is exactly that. It goes up and down like this. So, in November, December, in January, in those months, in the total, in good times, she can give in about one or two tons of cashew. One fruit that can be yellow or kind of red, it has more vitamin C than three oranges. - [Stephen] Not only is this the largest cashew nut tree in the world, it also has a local resident vendor. He calls himself Dr. Cashew. His appearance speaks for itself and makes him such a unique character in this part of the country. He loves what he does and that's all the matters. - You know, here, we look at each other in the eyes. We are always worried about what you like, what you want to do, what can I do for you, and let's have fun, let's go to the beach, oh, it's Friday, it's good for a drink, let's go for a caipirinha, chatting with friends, go dancing Forro. Forro is the typical dance of Northeast. And that's the good life, you know. We don't need much to live here, you know? With very few money, we are happy. We live for the day because tomorrow, it's another day. And today is the future. - My experience in Brazil has been one to remember, especially with the Capoeira guys, they really put the cherry on top, like the whole experience, just seeing it and just being around it and around those people, it just really put my life in a different perspective in how I see things and how I want to approach things and, yeah, that's what traveling's all about and that's why I do it. "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." These are the wise words from Dr. Seuss and a perfect way to end my trip here in Brazil.