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South America » Brazil » São Paulo November 29th 2005

Ahh, another of the biggest cities in the world and this is big...everything is big.....and its also pretty cool...We are at 22,000 and something kms and about day 150!...luckily guided in from the coast by Felipé with a bit of blue material sticking out the back of his car as its identical to 50 million other small black chevvies on this road...we pushed on from wherever we stopped in the last episode..its getting harder and harder to remember names of places...we play games with each other by asking..(and theres no parentheses on this keyboard!) :what was the name of the place we stayed 2 (or 3 or 4 or even 1) night ago?:..crazy..so many fantastic places here in Brasil, still knocked out by the friendliness of everyone...and the beauty of the scenery..boom boom. We rode nearly ... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro November 29th 2005

I would just like to say thank you to everyone who came out and made my various leaving do's (there did seem to be quite a few) so much fun. Thanks for all the presents and good wishes, especially the ipod that everyone put so much work into adding the music to. I have finally arrived in Rio, a little later than i had expected but feeling better for having proven the temporal version of the butterfly effect. Now i know that you my friends that have known me for years will treat the rumours that have been circulating with the disdain they deserve. Quite frankly it is ridiculous to claim that an experienced traveller who is setting off on an expedition for a couple of years, one who doesn't know the language of any of ... read more

South America » Brazil » Pantanal November 29th 2005

Day 16,17 & 18 We left Bonito and headed for the wilderness - The Pantanal. It's basically a massive swampland the size of France in the middle of South America. We arrived after a very bumpy ride - 4 hours of dirt track, only to be attacked by a swarm of mosquitos. We're pleased to say things got better as on our way to our room we saw monkeys and an aligator. We dumped our stuff and went piranah fishing (didn't catch anything unfortunately) but some of our gang were more fortunate and fed their catches to the hungry aligators sitting a couple of metres away!! An early breakfast then we headed for a ranch. On the way we saw a giant anteater which was the size of a two seater sofa! We then went for ... read more
Too close for comfort
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Cute little Baby Quati

South America » Brazil » Minas Gerais » Belo Horizonte November 29th 2005

While I am in Belo Horizante I am staying with a family of one of the students. Their Mum drives patients to and from hospital and their Dad drives a truck around South America, now mainly to Rio and back. The students name is Carol, she is 15 and I think really enjoys speaking English. She goes to church on Sat and Sun and also teaches the bible to kids. The older sister, Rafaela, is 20 and is studying engineering at University. They all are very nice and have welcomed me into their beautiful home! ... read more

South America » Brazil » Mato Grosso do Sul » Bonito November 26th 2005

Day 13, 14 & 15 After Ascuncion, we spent the whole day and half the night travelling on a horrible bumpy sweaty bus back into Brazil (it´s not all glamour you know!!) However once we arrived in Bonito we were happy as we were staying in a really nice lodge. We chilled out on the first day and went to a beautiful natural swimming pool with a couple of little waterfalls and a zip slide. it was really peaceful and relaxing. However the highlight was that we got to feed some wild monkeys pieces of banana! They came down from the trees and grabbed it and then ran off and ate it! How cool! In the evening we sampled the local dish - ALIGATOR!! It was nasty! Chewy and fatty and made everyone have weird dreams ... read more

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South America » Brazil » Minas Gerais » Belo Horizonte November 24th 2005

Well, I have arrived at the school... It is in the Gloria area of Belo Horizante, the building is quite small but there are only 200 or so pupils. The kids are all really sweet, they range from 5 to 18, and are really interested in what I am doing, about London and all try to talk English with me! It is really sweet... Some asked me to go bowling with them, some to the cinema, the zoo and the museum! Oh, I also got asked to a pj party!! I am staying at a students house, it is a bit wierd because they are total strangers, but they are all friendly and make me feel welcome! I think they are as mad as me so it should be fine... The sad news is my ipod ... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro November 22nd 2005

Ahh...at last, another iconic moment in the trip...(and another misuse of íconic´)..but still a significant milestone in the journey...to get to the most famous and exotic of Brasil´s places..Rio de Janeiro...and just for starters..its not a bloody river at all..the turkey who first landed..way, way back, thought it was and so named it..the next bozo that came along didn´t have the nouse or the courtesy to re-name it...like Porto de Janeiro, no, he wants the first bugger to have wear the ignomy for all time...anyway... Into the most beautiful city in the world, they say.....across the longest bridge in the world maybe..thinking I was back in the Florida keys...on and on, in the distance, the beautiful layout, the buildings, the mountains, the rock features, the fabulous beaches, the city skyline, the cable cars, and the Big ... read more

South America » Brazil » Paraná » Foz do Iguaçu November 22nd 2005

Day 9 We arrived in Foz about 7 am and pretty much went straight to a dam which produces 90% of Paraguay´s electricity and a fair amount of Brazil´s too. After a tour of this, we went to a helicopter site. We took a 10 minute helicopter ride over the Iguazu falls which was absolutely spectacular. The falls are on the border of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. We then walked to the falls for some more amazing views. We got really close to them and really wet! Took loads of photos!! In the evening we all went to a Latin American show/buffet where there was plenty of food, drink and fun to be had. It was a really great night which ended up very drunken in a bar!... read more
Falls behind
Iguazu Falls

South America » Brazil » Paraná » Curitiba November 21st 2005

Day 8 Quite a lazy one as there wasn´t too much to do here really. Made good use of the hotel´s facilities - the jacuzzi and steamroom and went for a walk into town. The weather was boiling!The city was really nice and clean and you felt really safe compared to the nasty Sao Paulo. In the evening we went to an all you can eat place which was absolutely awesome! We then caught another super-duper bus overnight to Foz do Iguazu.... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Paraty November 19th 2005

Day 3 We got picked up in the morning and travelled about 5 hours by bus south down the coastline to a quaint little village called Paraty. We wandered around town and then headed to the beach for a dip in the nice warm sea. We went out for dinner with the group in the evening. Quite an uneventful one really! Day 4 Today we were adventurers of the sea, taking a boat trip around the many islands of Paraty. We stopped off at a couple of spots for a spot of swimming and snorkelling. We saw some bright little fishes and some star fish which was cool. Had lunch on board and then sunbathed on the deck, chilling out drinking beer. In the evening we headed into town for some drinks. We even partook in ... read more
Boat with a View
Paraty
Waterfall slide




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