Sigh. It's not a slight on your home/adopted country that by some extension you take as a personal slight. It's just that Brazil is a pain to get to flight-wise (long & expensive), relatively expensive compared to some other destinations, and I'm learning Spanish and the Portuguese there would just mess me right up. I will hit up Brazil some other time.
Costa Rica looks great, thanks for mentioning it - have emailed Bob.
It doesn't matter to me at all where you go on vacation. I just thought it is a bummer you don't like Brazil.
Flights going straight from Vancouver to Rio or Sao Paulo and then a connecting flight to Fortaleza.
The only drawback (since you are Canadian) is the visa requirement (you need to apply for that beforehand).
Hope to catch up with you for a drink in the near future (and I'm sure you will tell me then how you love it here).