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North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan January 12th 2010

The next day I got the subway to the tip of Manhattan - Lower Manhattan and walked up through Soho and Tribeca to Greenwich Village. After a visit to the flatiron district I ended up in Times square with the madding crowds. That night I decided to head into Greenwich village and the infamous Bleeker street, which is crammed with bars. Most of the bars had live music on so I headed on in there and ordered a pint and was immediately accosted by a group of locals and was in their company for the rest of the night! The next day suffering slightly from the night before I visited the natural history museum and central park. At sunset I caught the Staten Island ferry (which was free) to take some landscape pics and then night ... read more
Oh, how I laughed
Ground Zero
Fire Station

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan January 10th 2010

The next day my body clock had adjusted slightly but it took me most of the morning to get rid of my hangover. I decided to have a wander round lower mid town and visited Grand Central terminal and the Chrysler building. After that I got the subway to Queens to take some pics from across the river, whilst I was in New York the sky was crystal clear and the temperature never got above -3. My next stop was upper midtown where I visited the Museum of modern art (MOMA) which was cool as you could take pictures of the paintings which I’ve never been able to do in other museums. I then strolled through the Rockefeller centre before heading back to the hostel. As usual my vampire roomie was sleeping, he slept all day ... read more
Chrysler building
Madison sqaure garden

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan January 8th 2010

This won't be one of my usual blogs as there is a huge amount of information out there on New York and Boston already so I will just be including the more interesting tales of my trip to the States. By a miracle I arrived at JFK early, considering the amount of snow that was lying around at the time, numerous airports had been closed - trains had been delayed and increased security measures due to the undie bomber - plus worries about even being let in the country due to the places I have recently visited - all led to a surprise when I walked out of the airport into the freezin' NY sunshine. I got the air train and subway to my hostel in east village which took about 50 mins and $9 - ... read more
A well deserved drink of "light"
Mural in Empire state building
At the top of the empire state building

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Paraty October 1st 2009

I was sad to leave Isla Grande but I had to make my way to Sao Paulo to get my flight back home, but before that happened I had a brief stop in Paraty. To get to Paraty I got a local bus to the bus station and wandered down the main street to the ocean which is where the Misti Chill hostel was located. I would recommend this hostel, it had a good vibe about it and the manager there was from new Zealand so we entertained ourselves with Flight of the Concords anecdotes. Unfortunately the respite on Isla Grande the rain had come back. Paraty is a sleepy old colonial town and I spent the day wandering round the cobbled streets, apart from that the main things to do are a number of day ... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Ilha Grande September 26th 2009

There is an easy way to get from Rio to Isla Grande, (direct hostel to hostel transfer) I realised too late, but as always I had to make it more difficult for myself and my new chum Ellen. So after a bus to the bus station and then another bus to Angra dos Reas, then another local bus to the port (where I stepped on it and it then drove off without Ellen)!! and then a walk to the boat and then a 90 min boat journey to Isla Grande ending with a 15 min walk to the hostel!! I find travelling much more fun this way - needless to say Ellen got the direct transfer on her way back:-) I had picked the Aquarios hostel as it had good reviews but it was at the ... read more
The first glimpse of Isla Grande
View from the hostel

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Ipanema September 24th 2009

The next day I wandered off to do the touristy bits, the bus service is really good round Rio and every journey cost 2.30 reais - about 90p. My first stop was sugarloaf mountain, when I was going up in the cable car I couldn’t help but think of the scene in Moonraker where Bond is tackling jaws:-) The weather wasn’t particularly good so the views weren’t brilliant. Without doubt I think that Rio has the most beautiful location of any big city but whether it is the most beautiful city in the world (as some commentators say) I would just say that they haven’t seen the parts of Rio that I have. After Sugarloaf I met up with Warren and headed off into the Favelas. The tour we were on was and it was ... read more
Sugarloaf mountain
Copacabana beach
Santos Dumont airport

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Ipanema September 22nd 2009

Finally arrived in Rios bus station after my mammoth journey from Argentina. The journey just flew by though, the seats were more like beds and fully reclined so I good a full nights sleep. I even watched Appaloosa again, not that I had much choice as it was piped over the speaker system. I don know what it is about that film but every time I travel its on, so know I have watched this film on the flight to India, the flight to Sao Paulo and the bus to Rio!!. When I got off the bus I met up with a fellow Israeli traveller called Marine (who I would bump into again on Isla Grande and in Sao Paulo and wandered round aimlessly until a local took pity and pointed us to the bus to ... read more
Copcabana beach

South America » Brazil » Paraná » Foz do Iguaçu » Iguaçu National Park September 20th 2009

After a good nights sleep in the hostel, it was time to visit the Argentinian side of the falls and at last the sun was out. On this side you could get up very close, there were two routes - one across the bottom of the falls and one at the top culminating in the Gargantua Diablo - the Devils throat, which is a crescent shaped drop where most of the water flows. I spent all day at the falls and they were truly mesmerising, the photos don't do justice to the power of the falling water so I have included a few videos as well. After the falls I nipped over to Paraguay, there are 3 countries that meet at Iguacu - Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay and I decided to take a bus over to ... read more
Iguacu Falls - Argentina
Iguacu Falls - Argentina
Iguacu Falls - Argentina

South America » Brazil » Paraná » Foz do Iguaçu » Iguaçu National Park September 18th 2009

I was travelling all night on two separate flights to get to Foz de Iguassu and arrived in the middle of a thunderstorm, it continued to rain all morning. From the airport I had to get 2 local buses to travel initially to the Brazilian town of Foz de Iguacu from where I caught another bus to the Argentinian town of Puerto Iguazu, everything in Argentina is half the price as in Brazil, plus it is a nicer place to stay. The hostel I was staying in was the MarcoPolo Inn, right opposite the bus station for 5 pound a night - plus the beer - Quilmes was better. Iguacu Falls are simply incredible, they consist of 275 individual falls that occupy an area 3km wide and some are 80 metres high. You have to visit ... read more
Iguacu Falls - Brazil
Iguacu Falls - Brazil
More Falls

South America » Brazil » Amazonas » Manaus September 17th 2009

What a night!! We had to get into our hammocks as soon as it got dark. Above the sounds of the ever present insect noise, the first things to hear was the frogs. This carried on for a couple of hours and then partway through the night there was strange sound like a hoarse lion. Rubens said that this was a jaguar - this made my night as they are very rare. Then around midnight the howler monkeys started up, they were amazing and were very close at times. In the early hours something came into our camp and started rummaging in the food, we couldn't see what it was because of the mosquito nets. The guide got out and chased it away there was no way I was volunteering to do it, he said it ... read more
Necklace made of tree bark and a nut!
Native house
Forest Flowers

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