Cosmic Cow Pie: Connecting the Dots


Glocal #6 Lesson Of The Omelets part 2 of 2

Glocal #6 Lesson of the Omelets Part 2 of 2

Part 1 of 2 #5 Glocal Lesson Of The Omelets

                                         Eco Park Sign

For the rest of the story….not having a camera available for the “photo op” at the omelet bar in Nassau led me to re-create the situation at a later date to have digital images for the “glocal” moment. While staying in the rain forest on the Amazon above Manaus, Brazil the opportunity arose to capture the “lesson of the omelet" in the Amazon Eco Park at the breakfast buffet. The photo of the omelet with the man behind possibly shows the sentiment of some of the residents along with the local actions reported in a newspaper article. You can be the judge of the lesson of the lesson of the omelet in Manaus, Brazil.

It has taken me some time to publish this post as I was not sure how to represent the other side of “Connecting The Dots Around The World.” When I embarked on this journey around the world, I had some kind of “Polly Anna” idea that there would be some mystic revelations and everything would be positive and would write as PF Kluge  shared in a Global Studies class “happy yappy” reports. PF Kluge in an instructor on the ship and has been described on his website as “Novelist, journalist, professor: a trifecta, a hat trick, a trinity.” He tells it like it is and minces no words. He co-authored the “Life” magazine article that was the basis of the movie “Dog Day Afternoon.”

After some deep contemplation of the experience in Manaus it appeared as though there are mixed messages from the government vs. the people. Manaus had to hire security and 5 extra agents to be “present” by the dock as the ship community walked around. An article indicating “Students pay $300 per day to learn about the world” can’t be located online in the January 25, 2011 Amazonas em Tempo  newspaper. The Newspaper article was shared in a journalism class on the ship as the students had to bring articles in from the ports to discuss in class. Where did the online article go? What does that headline say to the people of Manaus, who according to the text book “Atlas of Global Development” on a poverty map shows that 10 to 24% of the population in Brazil lives on less than $1.25 per day?

Favela It appears as through Brazil is working hard to change the past image with street violence and life in the favelas.

Our group had different Manaus experiences with street people attempting to take jewelry right off the neck of a lifelong learner.

Several students were bitten or scratched by monkey’s and had to have rabbi shots after being attacked in the lobby of a hotel with pet monkey’s running around.

There was an encounter with a stalker following a group of three women. Nothing happened as the man went off after being confronted, however, it appeared as though he had a gun under his shirt in his back pocket as he walked away.

A student shared an incident where a bus driver took the long way around back to town which included an unscheduled stop for lunch and an accident dragging a woman on the ground as the bus took off where he then had to get off the bus and get on a different bus as the bus driver took the woman to the hospital.

Five days in Manaus, Brazil seemed like a long time when one of the University officials on the ship indicated in a pre-port lecture, 2 days was enough for Manaus.

Our visit might have been a beta test for things to come in Brazil. One newspaper article reports: "As Brazil prepares to host the 2016 Olympics and the 2014 World Cup, the country expects nothing short of an urban renaissance."

Brazil is preparing for The world cup in Manaus in four years and in eight years Rio will host the Olympics.

The PR blitz has started and it appeared as we could have been the recipients of practice for the future. In describing preparations for the arrival of the MV Explorer, the local paper, “A Critical,” expressed the fact the Military Police had security and five agents to monitor activities at the port. They also referred to the ship as a "luxury hotel" which could have possibly been an indication of the "back story" of the Brazilian attitudes about the visitors with the need for protection along with the interesting description of the ship.

The article was in Portuguese.

“O navio está em Manaus desde a manhã de ontem, e os visitantes foram recepcionados por um grupo de dança folclórica. ‘Estaremos à disposição dos estudantes’, informou o diretor de turismo da Amazonastur, Jordan Gouvêa. Em Manaus, o grupo de universitários terá segurança garantida pela Polícia Militar, que destacou cinco agentes para acompanhar as atividades no porto.

In English:

“The ship is in Manaus since yesterday morning, and visitors were greeted by a folk dance group. ‘We will be available to students,’ the tourism director of AmazonasTur, Jordan Gouvea. In Manaus, the group of students will have security provided by the Military Police, said that five agents to monitor activities at the port. “

More in Portuguese:

“Liberdade de escolha A coordenadora de extensão Debbie Clifford foi quem levou a equipe de A CRÍTICA para conhecer o navio, que mais parece um hotel de luxo e cuja língua oficial é o inglês. ‘A viagem dura 104 dias, portanto tem de tudo aqui’, explicou, contando que no MV Explorer há desde salas de aula, até um deck com piscina, além de refeitórios e quartos. Em solo amazônico, os alunos terão por volta de 35”\

English translation:

"Freedom of choice The extension coordinator Debbie Clifford was the one who led the team of A CRITICAL to meet the ship, which looks more like a luxury hotel and whose official language is English. "The trip lasts 104 days, so it has everything here," he said, noting that since the MV Explorer for classrooms up to a deck with swimming pool, and dining areas and bedrooms. In Amazonian soil, students will have around 35 activities."

Connecting the lesson of the Omelet, taking the global thinking to local action, going glocal.

Before docking at our first port, a camera etiquette lesson was provided to the ship community emphasizingomelet sentiment the importance of requesting permission to take photos in the countries we were visiting. Being a respectful student, the omelet man at the Amazon Eco Park was asked if it would be possible to photograph an omelet prior to actually taking the picture. He indicated it would be ok and stepped back from the omelet pan. The photo was taken quickly to get out of the way. When the photos was being cropped the real sentiment of the worker in Brazil at the Amazon Eco Park became evident with his hand gesture.

The article along with the local comments online show the sentiments of the community. Thinking global and acting local, this representation of the community is a reminder that people are watching what a community does to respond to visitors.

Visitors look at what is going on in a community, what is being written in the newspaper and then make their decisions as to what direction they will take with coming back or sharing the experience with friends.

Learning from the omelet maker in Nassau and the gentleman above shows that the entire community has an effect on how a visitor perceives the area.  

The Amazon Eco Lodge rain forest jungle experience was all good with a very knowledgeable guide and pleasant memories. We learned how to survive with water from a parasite root, create poison darts from palm tree spikes an  special moss along with making fire torches from the sap of a camphor tree. Our guide was delightful, he loved his land and shared that with us. We caught a piranha and one of the guides caught a caiman alligator so we had a great Amazon rain forest experience. Would I tell someone to visit to Manaus, Brazil? You be the judge!

The “glocal” lesson of the omelet is to embrace those visiting your community anywhere in the world with kindness and respect. Community involvement and individual dedication to the economic survival of the area or even an individual business is a must to change perceptions and attract new immersion from those testing the waters and looking to see what the location has to offer.

Remember the your actions within a community express the attitude of your environment. Be like the omelet lady from Nassau.  Embrace all visitors with kindness and respect if you want the local area to grow and prosper together.

Don't forget to "Get in the game" as there is plenty of time.  Win a travel voucher and great prizes to one of the seven wonders of the world. This is an exciting opportunity to experience a town that embraces its visitors and wants to create a memorable experience so you will be sure to tell your friends to come and visit.

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Comment balloon 19 commentsCarra Riley & Declan Kenyon • February 26 2011 04:23PM


Carra, I have to say!  I am so impressed that you are blogging from Brazil!  I had a hard time in France and even Hawaii. 

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Cara--What an experience!  Reading your post I almost feel like I am there.

If I had to chose between Nassau and Manaus . . . Nassau wins hands down.  My favorite island to visit is Bermuda.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 9 years ago
Carra, what an experience & it's ok to think like Polly Anna & then adapt to really what does not bode well for the Olympics I fear...big difference from what you shared about Nassau...very interesting.
Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Carra, years back I had the opportunity to go to Brazil on business. I spent time in Rio and in Sao Paulo. I was warned well in advance to stay close to the hotels, and to not go out and wander about as the attitude towards tourists then was not very positive. The people are all very poor and they resent the tourists that come in and take advantage of their poverty.l

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 9 years ago

Hi Carra! Wow. Lots of lessons and intense experiences. I hope you never need those poison darts! In looking at your itinerary, I think India and China may also bring up lots of emotions, as well as reflections prior to writing. As for making the lesson "local", I like your message. I always try to help people standing on corners holding maps, or looking lost, since I returned from sailing the world, and met so many helpful people in my travels.

Posted by Karen over 9 years ago

How wonderful that you get to experience a whole different perspective - and share it with us, too!  I've never been anywhere so I read your post with great interest.  Thanks!

Posted by Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate, Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming (Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming) over 9 years ago

Patricia~  Thank you for taking the time to read the post and comment.  Right now it means a lot.. we are 104 days at sea so having some friendly interaction is wonderful! 

Mary ~  Fun learning around the world.. at first it was hard to post trying to get the balance.. but after reading what Ed #4 comment had to say.. looks like things have not changed for a LONG time... so having a heads up and actually seeing it happen is a hug message.

Ed ~  Some of the group went to RIO and they had yet another experience.. what they did say as the city was beautiful.. most of them went to party.. you know this is a floating University :)  Watch the video on the 4th link at the top.

Karen ~  Great to read your thoughts!  I was certainly having a hard time trying to express what I saw in a way that we can learn and hope the message came through... So happy to be sharing this with you.  I have now broken through the barrier of the "ship voice" and can continue posting more regularly as all the posts have been started.. now I just need to finish them with the LOCAL lesson right back home.Thanks Karen.

Brenda  ~  I am so happy you found this... if you go back and read some of the other posts you can be on the voyage with us!  We have about 58 more days.. so there will be lots of sharing!  Everyday is full of new adventures.

Thanks to all for your kind comments.. you have NO idea how much it helps me stay connected!  Thank you again. Off to Mauritius today for some fun in the sun and hope to swim with dolphins.

Warmest aloha,


Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Carra, I so look forward to each of your posts and read every word.

I want you to know how much we all appreciate the sharing of your journey!

I am sitting on the edge of my seat, heart pounding reading about your 104 day journey around the world. On March 5th you will be half way!
I have just done a REBLOG so many others get to read about this amazing experience.

Whenever we take photographs, even in our own country...please don't forget to ask permission.

Continue to travel safe.

With a great deal of admiration and appreciation.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 9 years ago

Miss Margaret~  It is so great to read your comments and have you with us as we travel.  It has taken me some time to feel secure in what I am experiencing and how to present it in a positive way. In any journey we undertake there are good things and bad things,so taking the hard experiences and turning them to learning curves makes the entire situation beneficial and worthwhile.  There seems to be a tenancy to white wash some of the actual events from a "corporate" stand point and that is where I think that "reality" writing might makes the sharing much more usable to apply to our local communities. 

Thank you so much for your support and I sincerely appreciate each and every comment:)

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Carra - Your commentary makes it also feel like being there?  I appreciate you observation ... it takes a gracious visitor to be a gracious guest - it takes a gracious host to make a gracious visit ... like everything else ... there always seems to be  ... more to the story!  Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton, The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton (The Nines Team At Keller Williams) over 9 years ago


This is a powerful statement..

''In any journey we undertake there are good things and bad things,so taking the hard experiences and turning them to learning curves makes the entire situation beneficial and worthwhile.''

 I feel so fortunate to share in your journey and to "be with you" on this trip around the world.



Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 9 years ago

Jack ~  Glad to have you along!  I am pondering your word "gracious."

Margaret ~  You are a true friend and I sincerely appreciate your kind words and comments along the way... sure makes me feel connected.. Thank you for being with me.

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Hi Carra - thanks for sharing your trip with all of us. I can't even imagine of all the memories and lessons you are gathering from this trip around the world.

I grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I have nothing but fond and great memories of the country. People that I knew were caring, loving and the most sincere, open minded individual that I had the pressure of meeting.  Education and social status did not come easy. One had to work hard, real hard to receive a high school education. College education was allowed to only a few who passed the entrance exams. Due to this, a great disparity of those who have and have not expanded throughout the years. Middle class is mostly non existent in the country.  A community with favelas is representative of those who have not. It is like entering a community of those who are angry and bitter of their daily existence. Stealing is their way of life. Crime is rampant. Tourist is representative of what they don't and happiness.What is sad is that they have no way out.

There is however, the other side of Brazil. The modern, upbeat, very educated community which is mostly concentrated in the major cities and capitals. Wish you get the opportunity to one day meet and see the other side of Brazil. We even have the same disparities in our own country. How can we compare say Beverly Hills, Ca to any small town in North Dakota with over 80% unemployment?

I have to agree with you, it is not going to be easy to hold the World Cup nor the Olympics in Brazil.

Looking forward to read about the rest of your trip.

Posted by Les & Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor and Investor (Realty One Group) over 9 years ago

Sarah ~  Thank you for your insightful response.  We did not go to Sao Paulo, Brazil but it sounds like a wonderful place. I had a hard time writing the post and then clicking the publish button.  I had to take the time to see how what we experienced could be turned into a lesson for our local communities because I felt unwelcome and fearful in certain circumstances.  I commented above "In any journey we undertake there are good things and bad things, so taking the hard experiences and turning them to learning curves makes the entire situation beneficial and worthwhile."

Our guide on the Amazon jungle tour was incredible.. and the photo link shows all the great things we learned about survival in the rain forest.  I am so happy to have learned those lessons and to have experienced such a loving guild. 

I wrote a post on the "meeting of the waters" on the Amazon and it was a monumental lesson for life and I will use it in helping others.  I hope you will read it and share your thoughts.

Going around the world I find that there is some animosity towards Americans and then there is also much gratitude for the capital voyagers are putting into the economy. So it is a double edged sword and learning to work together and be respectful of others in all circumstances is a way to make ANY visitor feel welcome.

I have been thinking more about your comment and have found a similar situation in Ghana as well.. the PEOPLE are the most important resources and education of the people is what is going to help them the most.  There has to be a mutual understanding and respect of all people within ANY country to have a healthy environment.  The individual countries have to embrace ALL their citizens to come together as ONE.  It is hard with the different classes to get to that level but some how there needs to be a balance so those on the lower end can become self sustaining. I have another post coming up talking about the "aid" mentality and how that is really not helping modify the situation.. really helping people become independent and self reliant is what will change the situation. 

It is interesting you mention the anger in the favelas.  In Ghana they have similar poverty but the people are happy.... it seems to be based on tradition of the culture.. so I am processing how that all connects.  Thanks again for your comment.  You have given me more ideas to share.


Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Carra - Wow, Brazil sounds like a real adventure...stay safe and keep sharing those life lessons you're learning along the way.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 9 years ago

Norma ~ We really enjoyed the rain forest and learning the survival tips.... loved the "18 Mile Rule" lesson at the meeting of the waters on the Amazon and the lesson that shows how our entire community creates the lasting impressions on visitors.  So for me.. it is all good learning at every turn.  Thanks for your comment!   

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Sounds like your having an amazing trip.  Certainly a once in a lifetime experience.  Enjoy.

Posted by Charles Perkins (Charles G. Perkins, CPA) over 9 years ago

Surely that hand gesture is a simple act when cooking an omelet on a hot grill. Do they use that hand gesture outside of the United States? J♪♫♫♪

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) over 9 years ago

What a very interesting article(post) you have here. It shows/gives us a "glimpse" of life outside our borders.

Posted by Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic ( over 9 years ago