Redes, or hammocks, are extremely common in Northeastern Brazil. Houses are built with hooks in the wall for the purpose of hanging up redes. Particularly for families who cannot afford beds, redes are an affordable, comfortable, portable, and colorful way to sleep and relax. This is a photograph of the rede where I slept in my host family's home. ""Didn't it hurt your back?"" my family and friends from the USA inquired. Quite to the contrary, I was told my Brazilian friends that it is better for your back to sleep in a rede than in a bed.
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