Blogs from Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil, South America

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We arrived at the lovely Tucano hostel on Florianopolis island (which we nicknamed Flopo) in a place called Lagoa, a small town with easy access to many of Flopo´s 42 beaches whilst still having a good night life. After checking into our penthouse suite (see picture) we quickly headed out for lunch. Long bus journeys tend to make one rather hungry. We were recommended the (Cruzcafe) round the corner and were not disappointed after ordering four servings of tenderloin steaks with pasta in a creamy Gorgonzola sauce. Feeling thoroughly refreshed we set of on a search round the island to find one of its many famed beaches. Walking along the edge of the lagoon we spotted a high bank of sand and quickly ascended to see the view. One one side was the vast lagoon with ... read more


Arriving into Brazil was easy with our taxi driver who just pointed to where we put our passports and that was it, no searches, no checks and within 5 minutes we were in. By far the easiest border crossing to date! We stayed over night on the Brazilian side of the falls before we boarded our final long distance bus to Florionopolis. We were all excited about this as it meant relaxing on beaches after zooming around Argentina and seeing the other 3 boys who had gone through Bolivia to Brazil for various reasons. As much fun as it was in Argentina with the 3 of us it was good to be back as a 6. The hostel was really beautiful and overlooked a lake and was a 5 minute walk from a really amazing beach. ... read more
Skate bowl in Flora
Beach in flora
Looking mean on the moped

South America » Brazil » Santa Catarina » Florianópolis March 15th 2014

Arrived fresh from a 12 hour bus from Sao Paulo at 8.00am which had turned out to be another good overnight bus journey, not the most comfortable but fine. A word for people travelling on buses overnight in Brazil. It gets freezing in the middle of the night. Like uncomfortably cold if you have t-shirt, shorts and flip flops on like I did. I will have a jumper in the bag from now on (like Alex intelligently did and I tried to steal when she was asleep). We walked a few hundred metres to the local bus terminal to catch a bus out to the Campeche area of Florianópolis and our hostel, Green House. Approx R$25 a night for 6 bed dorm. The instructions said to ask the driver's assistant to tell us when we passed ... read more


Florianopolis didnt work out as anticipated and we were disappointed to not get to spend more time there. Firstly, our bus which left at 7pm was meant to arrive at 10am, due to traffic jams/accident/not sure what, we were stuck at a standstill on the motorway for close to 2 hours. We didnt end up getting in til almost 3 oclock. The plan had been to have 2 nights and 3 full days here, but due to the fact there wasnt a connecting bus to Uruguay on the Tuesday we had to get the earlier one on Monday day time. By the time we got to our hostel it was circa 5, so we only had one real day here which was a real shame. Rare in the fact that the city is divided between the ... read more
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At Florianopolis I witnessed a most unusual fishing match where each team consisted of a man and a heron (see photo 1). The heron would point with his wing to where he knew the fish were, and when the fisherman looked for reassurance would nod his beak in affirmation. At this signal the fisherman would cast his circular net (see photo 2). Most of the fish caught would go into a bucket for later weighing but one fish per catch would be thrown to the heron as a reward and an aid to concentration. The fishing would finish at night where prizes were awarded, and after a committee meeting (see photo 3) the coveted 'heron of the match' would be voted on. * En Florianópolis presencié un partido de pesca más inusual que cada equipo estaba ... read more
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I cant quite beleive it has been 1 month since I left the UK. Looking back over this blog I am so glad that I wrote things down, even when sometimes it felt like a chore, because I have seen so many things, experienced so much and had so much fun it really does feel like a whirlwind, and with moving constantly sometimes the lines can become blurred. I havent felt homesick yet which is good but I suppose it is still early. I have missed certain home comforts and have wished I could have Phoebe on my lap many a day but I am enjoying myself and am happy. There are always challenges and things to overcome but me and Gary are getting on well and any feuds are generally short lived. My tablet and ... read more

South America » Brazil » Santa Catarina » Florianópolis November 23rd 2013

On our first morning in Barra De Lagoa, Florianopolis we had breakfast and headed to the beach with Manchester Dan from our room. The sun was shining, the weather was sweet and we met a group of people from the hostel down there too. We chilled in the sea, played a bit of football and then i had my first ever attempt at surfing. After trying to teach myself, Ewan from our hostel came and gave me some tips and a bigger surfboard and i was off! I managed to catch 'El Nino' and stood up riding the wave all the way to the beach, it was actually a small wave but i felt empowered. Happy with my new self proclaimed 'surfer' tag i retired as the board had rubbed most of the skin off my ... read more
Riding the Chopper
Sunset at Florianopolis

South America » Brazil » Santa Catarina » Florianópolis January 4th 2013

Diena šiektiek debesuota, kart nuo karto palija ir lietus, tad nelabai kažkur ir norisi eiti. Namie esam tryse, aš, Cristinas, ir vokietis Andy kuris taip pat per couchsurfing apsistojęs pas Cristianą. Nusprendžiam visi pailsėti prieš naujų sutikimą. Tad visą dieną prasėdim namie, dieną dar ir pietų pasnaudžiu. Pasidarom visai šventišką vakarienę ir pavalgę ruošiamės į miestą. Cristianas šiąnakt dirba, tad su mumis fejerverkų neis žiūrėt, tad eisim dviese su Andy. Prie kalėdinės eglutės vyksta populiarių brazilijos muzikantų koncertas. Šiektiek paklausom ir einam ieškoti geros vietos žiūrėti fejerverkus. Žmonių labai daug, užtverta visa pagrindinė gatvė. Kur tiksliai bus fejerverkai nežinom, bet abu spėjam kad turėtų būti ant tilto jungiančio žemyninę dalį su sala. Pasirenkam tokią vietą kur matytūsi ir tiltas ir visas prospektas.... read more
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South America » Brazil » Santa Catarina » Florianópolis January 4th 2013

Šiandien iš ryto išlydėjom vokietį Andį, kuris važiuoja prie Iguasu krioklių. Tua tarpu aš su Cristianu šiandien važiuosim į kitą salos pusę, tą kurioj dar nebuvau. Iškeliaujam iš namų, o aš pakeliui dar, užsuksiu į autobusų stotį nusipirkti bilieto rytdienai į Urugvajų. Sužinau, kad autobusas kitą dieną išvyksta 14.30, tad nelabai ką ryt pavyks pamatyti. Bilieto nenusiperku, nes agentūros kortelių skaitytuvas sugedęs,o aš grynų pinigų tiek neturiu su savim. Gera žinia ta, kad vietų autobuse dar daug, tad ir ryt be vargo galėsiu nusipirkti bilietą. Netrukus susitinkam su 3 Cristiano draugais ir visi kartu sėdę į autobusą važiuojam į paplūdimį. Šis paplūdimys mėgstamas hipių bei banglentininkų, tačiau mažiau mėgiamas paprastų turistų kuriems reikia barų ir parduotuvių. Atvažiavus iki paplūdimio oras mūsų nelepina, stiprokas v... read more
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South America » Brazil » Santa Catarina » Florianópolis January 4th 2013

Atėjo ir mano diena palikti Florianopolį, bet nepasakyčiau, kad labai gaila dėl to. Sala tikrai graži ir įdomi, bet transporto spūstys, bei žmonių masė šiek tiek vargina. Papusryčiauju, o Cristianas suplaka sulčių iš arbūzo ir imbiero. Atsisveikinu ir iškeliauju. Stotyje nusiperku bilietą, bet dar iki kelionės beveik valanda laiko, tad nueinu apžiūrėti kitoje gatvės pusėje esančio turgaus. Galvojau gal pavyks kokį vaisių nusipirkti kelionei, bet panašu, kad šitam vien batai pardavinėjami. Už paskutinius realus nusiperku tik vandens buteliuką ir grįžtu atgal į stotį. Autobuse žmoniu nelabai daug, tad kelionė neturėtų būti labai sunki, šalia manęs laisva vieta, o ir tarpai tarp sėdynių dideli. Pavažiavus autobusu vos valandą stringam kamštyje.... prie planuotų 18 valandų teks pridėti dar bent dvi. Toliau kelionė einasi sklandžiai, autobu... read more
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