Ian vR

Ianvanroosmalen

Ian vR

About to take a 6 month trip around South America (Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador)



South America » Argentina » Neuquén » Junín de los Andes December 16th 2011

Woaaahhhhh I´ve been up to so much, updating is going to take a while, but I'll try to keep it short. The last thing that happened was entering Brazil for Foz do Iguacu. The two days that we were there we saw the falls on both sides, Brazilian and Argentina. The Brazilian side is the one overlooking the falls, whereas the argentinian is the side with the actual falls. The latter provides a more close-up view, and in my opinion a better one. Still, the Brazilian side was impressive, and finally you could be at the bottom of the falls where the Garganta del Diablo (throat of the devil) is. The Argentinian side was incredible with close-up views of the falls, occasionally getting soaked by drops unleashed by crashing water. But it was a refreshing contrast ... read more
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South America » Paraguay » Encarnacion November 23rd 2011

Hello all! This time an update from Encarnacion, Paraguay (Now in Buenos Aires, Argentina), where the people are friendly, Guarani is the shared first language with Spanish, Terere is commonly drunk, horse-and-wagons roam the streets in tiny villages, things are generally cheap, and bribes can be necessary when you´re in the country illegally. Please, walk with me as I explain... I finished my last entry in Porto Murtinho, where I planned to take the boat. Locals told me the boat was to leave on saturday sometime between 6 and 7 in the morning, but that it would be good to get there sometime before in case it arrived early. Accordingly, I got up at 4, took the boat to the Paraguayan side of the river, and sat waiting. As dawn approached about an hour later, a ... read more
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South America » Brazil » Mato Grosso do Sul November 11th 2011

A bunch has happened since my last update so let me get right to it! My last night in Rio I was invited by my friend Marilia to a party in a bar in Botafogo, about 10 minutes from my hostel. I met a few of her friends, including the organizer, and the party was given for the Dia dos Mortes (day of the dead), which falls on November 1st. It was a good time, though I didnt make it late. The next day my bus was leaving at 3 in the afternoon, so I had some time to kill before catching it. Juliana, who lives in Niteroi, which is just across a bridge from Rio, invited me over so she could show me around there. I dropped my stuff off at her place and we ... read more
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South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Copacabana October 31st 2011

Right now I´m sitting in an internet cafe in Rio watching the rain poor down outside and I´m thinking, perhaps time for a blog update! So let me back-up a little. After Porto Seguro I headed inland to Belo Horizonte. People don´t usually stay there since there isn´t too much to do, except take the bus another 2 hours down to Ouro Preto. I, however, did stay an additional day and a half to stay with family of Gabriella and Lucinea. I arrived and got picked up by Renata and Amanda who took me to family to meet everybody and eat a delicious Moqueca de Peixe! (Almost like a fish curry, but Brazilian style). The day after I explored the city, though there wasn´t a whole lot to see as most guidebooks indicate. Still, it was ... read more

South America » Brazil » Bahia » Porto Seguro October 22nd 2011

Hello again!!! Another update from Porto Seguro, Bahia! I haven´t posted in a while because, to be honest, I haven´t gotten up to all that much in the last two weeks. After Lençois I took a bus back to Salvador, where I changed hostel location to the Rio Vermelho (Red River) area. My Brazilian buddy Fabio was there and I decided to chill with him there. That night I also met up with Anna, my Australian friend, and her couchsurf host Lorena. We had a good party and the next day we went to the beach for a swim. The next day Anna and I were going to go to Itacare, a few hours down from Salvador, but it was getting a bit late and Anna and Lorena convinced me to crash there for the night ... read more
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South America » Brazil » Bahia » Lençóis October 6th 2011

Hello all! It´s time for a first real blog update! A lot has happened since I´ve arrived here so I hope to be able to summarize it neatly. The moment I arrived in Salvador I realized how two-sided things are here. People are extremely relaxed and friendly, but they also realize the dangers of the city since there is a lot of Poverty around. I stayed in a hostel called Nega Maluca, which means ´crazy black woman.' It´s located in Santo Antonio, just outside of the Pelourinho, which is the historical center of Salvador. Incidentally it´s also in the middle of a favela. In other words not the safest of places to be. During the day it´s fine though, there is a lot of Police around to keep it safe for the tourists. But at night ... read more
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South America » Brazil » Bahia » Salvador September 29th 2011

Yesterday I arrived safely in Salvador, Brazil! So just a quick update on what's happening here: I'm staying in a chilled out hostel that serves (apparently great) breakfast - yay! I arrived into 25 degree weather in the evening - yay! I have a cold - not yay :( Oh and Salvador is HUGE. It took forever to arrive in the center by bus from the airport. So there must be a lot to see.... read more




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