Blogs from Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, South America

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Gameday!!!!!! Well, not only gameday, but also the day I find out what my path to the Final is. My options are to follow Nigeria as 1st or 2nd in the group or Argentina as 1st in case Nigeria was knocked out due to a win by Iran over Bosnia. I had booked flights and hotels based on me following Argentina, and if Nigeria advanced, I’d have to do some extra work. After we woke up, we headed down to the hotel cafeteria for breakfast. The room was full of Argentina fans, no plates, no glasses, and a little bit of juice. The workers were doing their best to replenish the food and plates. We managed to eat a really good breakfast to make sure we had lots of energy for the day. There were a ... read more
The crowd arriving at the stadium
Me outside the stadium
Me and a Nigerian fan


Got up today, packed my stuff and headed to the airport as today was travel day. At the airport, I waited to meet my cousin Luiz, who I hadn’t seen in just over 12 years. I made a joke in passing in an email exchange a few months back inviting him to join me in Porto Alegre for the Argentina vs Nigeria game, amd much to my surprise, he accepted and purchase a ticket on the same flight as me the same day. A few weeks later, he managed to get a ticket to this game, so it all worked out. The flight was very quick, only 40 minutes long. Porto Alegre is the capital of the southernmost state in Brazil. It’s my first time down here. We took a train into the city and then ... read more
Close-up of sign
Arena do Gremio (front)

South America » Brazil » Rio Grande do Sul » Porto Alegre March 13th 2014

In Porto Alegre I managed to find quite cheap accommodation (see photo 1). However, the floors sloped slightly and one had to be careful about rolling out of the beds that would be set out at night. An unusual feature of Porto Alegre is the so called Haemorrhoid Monument, a giant futuristic representation of a group of haemorrhoids (see photo 2). It is not widely known that Porto Alegre is where the world's first successful human haemorrhoid transplant was carried out. The monument is a tribute to those pioneering but under-appreciated and misunderstood surgeons. * En Porto Alegre me las arreglé para encontrar un alojamiento bastante barato (ver foto 1). Sin embargo, los suelos con pendiente ligeramente y había que tener cuidado con el despliegue de las camas que se establecen en la noche. Una característica ... read more
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Well after all the horror stories of people being mugged I was witness to a mugging on my bus....or should I more accurate say, there was a mugging that took place but not a single one of us passengers were even aware it took place. 10 mins on the bus and this guy started shouting, to raise the alarm that something he had placed on the overhead shelf had been stolen. Obviously I had no idea what he was saying but it is amazing what body language and facial expressions convey. 2 hours later I was fully aware....as we had 2 policemen check our hand luggage (this reminded me of my Peru search a few years back at least there were no dirty clothes this time just food and electronics) and then we had to wait ... read more
Gasometre factory being converted to a cultural and exhition space
It is amazing what you can do with paper and talent
it had to be done

South America » Brazil » Rio Grande do Sul January 22nd 2014

Argentina is the world's 8th largest country and definitely a step up from Peru and Bolivia, even my stomach seems to think so. Driving in from the mayhem at the border where you're shuffelled here and there and sweating away, A strange feeling after having been on the high plains of the Andes for a couple of weeks, sweating that is. Jujuy for the night, then on to Salta and then maybe the vineyards of Cafayate. Many restaurants in Jujuy were closed due to it being Sunday so I had a crappy meal and half a bottle of decent wine and when I payed that, I realized that Argie is not only big it's expensive as well, may be I should go back to Bolivia. A good night's sleep and a crappy continental breakfast later I ... read more
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South America » Brazil » Rio Grande do Sul October 20th 2012

Rio Grande de Sul: Porto Alegre & Santa Catarina: Florianopolis Once again we found ourselves without a plan. As I mentioned before we were not even supposed to cross into Brazil. We quickly scanned our guidebook and found out some really interesting information about Southern Brazil, the land of Gaucho people. Apparently the Rio Grande de Sul, Santa Catarina and Parana are mostly inhabited by the descendants of German, Italian, Swiss and….surprise, surprise Polish people. This, we have not expected. We decided to break our journey up north in Porto Alegre - not a typical tourist destination but apparently worth a stop. From a border town of Chui there is another 7h on a bus to Porto Alegre. Chui is nothing else but a two lane road dividing the town between two countries and a bunch ... read more
loved this statue
Santa Catalina
Brazilian parrilla being prepared;-)

South America » Brazil » Rio Grande do Sul July 9th 2012

Estive no final de semana em Pedro Osório e Pelotas para visitar familiares e aproveitei pra fazer dar uma caprichada nas gadanha. Que tal o serviço do Véio Déco???... read more
Três gerações
Dupla campeira

South America » Brazil » Rio Grande do Sul June 8th 2012

Am 1.5. war es dann endlich soweit. Camila brachte uns zum Flughafen und wir verabschiedeten uns mit einem großen Dankeschön bei ihr. Leicht verspätet kam dann der Flori freudestrahlend und unerwartet ausgeruht durch die Türen in die Empfangshalle. Mit Flori wanderten wir noch einmal durch die Stadt und brachten ihm die brasilianische Kultur näher. Nach einem guten Abendessen und einer Runde Mate-Tee legten wir uns schlafen. Das Auto, dass wir für die nächsten Tage gemietet hatten, konnten wir am nächsten Morgen problemlos am Flughafen abholen. 2.-6.5.12 Cambara do Sul Cambara war der Hammer!! Wir haben glaube ich in den letzten Tagen hunderte von Fotos geschossen! Cambara liegt oben an einer Kette von Canyons ca. 800-900Meter ü.N. Von dort aus unternahmen wir Ausflüge zu den Canyons und zu Wasserfälle. Direkt am Abhang entlang der Klippen konnte man ... read more
Der Weg nach Cambara
Itaimbenzinho-Canyon1
Itaimbenzinho-Canyon2

South America » Brazil » Rio Grande do Sul June 5th 2012

Am Dienstag hatten Sebastian und ich unsere Abschiedsfeier. Morgens um 9Uhr kamen wir das letzte Mal ins zoologische Lab reinspaziert und begrüßten die fleißigen Frühaufsteher, die sich bereits im Lab befanden. Paulo war gerade dabei die Schädel der Mäuse/Fledermäuse, die er aus dem Gewöll der Eulen herausbekommen hatte miteinander zu vergleichen und einzuordnen. Er und Alexandro begleiteten uns mit Jair (dem Botanikprofessor) zum Mercado, um dort für die kleine Party einzukaufen. Wir haben uns nach langem hin und her dafür entschieden, Churrasco an einer Hütte oberhalb der Uni zu machen. Die Hütte gehörte noch zum Gelände dazu und war super für unseren letzten Tag. Das Abschiedsfest war wirklich schön. Paulo, Sebastian und ich bereiteten das Essen vor. Um ca. 11-12Uhr kamen die Leute vom Lab und wir machten Steckenfleisch und Würstchen mit Brot und Tomatensalat. Dazu ... read more
Die Biologen
Porto Alegre-Parque Farroupilha
Porto Alegre-Jardim Botanico


Hat jetzt doch ein wenig gedauert, bis ich mich wieder hier zurück gemeldet habe. Zur Info: Mir geht’s gut:-) Die letzte Woche war mit Abstand die beste Woche und es wird mir schwer fallen einige Menschen hier zurück zu lassen. Die Woche vom 21.5.-25.5. haben wir Paulo begleitet (in seinem Projekt beschäftigt er sich mit Mäusen). Innerhalb eines Jahres werden je eine Woche lang Fallen aufgestellt und die Mäuse, die dabei gefangen werden anhand ihrer Schädelform bestimmt. Die Fallen wurden in 6 unterschiedlichen Waldgebieten ausgelegt. Jeden Vormittag fuhren wird die Strecke ab und kontrollierten die Fallen, füllten Futter nach und sammelten die Mäuse, die sich in den Fallen befanden ein. Nachmittags wurden die Mäuse dann seziert und endhauptet. Der Kopf wird dann nach Porto Alegre in ein Institut geschickt und dort so präpariert, dass der Schädel ... read more
Catching sweet oranges:-)
Einer der schönsten Plätze auf der Mäusejagd-Stecke
Unser letztes Waldgebiet auf der Strecke




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