In Brazil, Final ‘Foreign’ Places Mentioned In Song

Brett Anderson is traveling by motorcycle to every destination listed in the song, ‘I’ve Been Everywhere’ written by Geoff Mack in 1959 and first recorded by Lucky Starr. Perhaps the Johnny Cash version of the song from 1996 is most well-known.

Anderson in full garb.

This turns out to be a list of 92 places, 49 US States and 18 countries in North and South America. Anderson began his trip driving out of his home in Nebraska, and ‘connecting the dots’ will be about 50,000 miles of traveling. Anderson affectionately refers to his motorcycle as ‘Annie’. ‘Sonic’ is a hood ornament Sega video game character, known for his expediency, seen running through all of his journeys.

After reaching ‘song’ destinations in Argentina and Uruguay, Anderson entered Brazil to reach his two last foreign country destinations (he still has more remaining in the US). They are the towns of Diamantina and Salvador, Brazil.

Anderson’s bike next to one of the gorgeous coasts on his journey.

However, soon after Anderson entered Brazil he was stymied by food poisoning. He struggled to travel for a few days and, fortunately, Brazilian “mothers” at a few of his first stops took him in and went to great personal pains to nourish him back to health.

Anderson got sick with food poisoning and had to go to the hospital.

His journey across Brazil was characterized first by corn and sugar-cane fields of red-earth soil. All of his travels here consisted of numerous encounters with friendly and hospitable local people.

The red earth amidst sugar-cane fields.

He then ventured through megalopolises Sao Paolo and Rio, and numerous gorgeous beach locations along the coast. This was before heading inland to the steep cobblestone streets of the gold mining town, Ouro Preto.

Beautiful Ouro Preto, Brazil.

Finally he arrived at the first of two ‘song’ destinations, Diamantina, a beautiful town full of interesting sights (unlike many other ‘lackluster’ ‘song’ destinations). ‘Diamante’ means diamond in Portuguese, but the obvious sight around town was lots of large quartz-like crystals. One of the main sights in the town is the quite beautiful and majestic colonial-era blue and white covered footbridge.

Anderson headed back to the coast, staying a night in a cabana. Finally he reached Salvador, the final ‘song’ location of his South American journey.

Salvador, Brazil, the final overseas ‘song’ destination.

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