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3rd January 2015
Sunset in Rio

Sunset in Rio Sunset’s a beautiful thing in Rio
you get to see the sky turn magical colours, the sea change into a huge shiny expanse and the mountains slip into darkness. The streetlights start to twinkle around you and the sunny city turns itself into sultry nighttime.
From Blog: Rio de Janeiro
1st January 2015

Happy New Year
Hi Welf, Rio sounds interesting and good to hear you are having a good trip. Stay safe and I hope 2015 is good to you... Jonathan
From Blog: Rio de Janeiro
30th December 2014
Favelas from above

South America
Great shot
From Blog: Rio de Janeiro
22nd December 2014

brasília has a good life quality
You know Nicole, I am not at all a fan of Modernist architecture (and Brasília has the largest collection of that kind of architecture in the world) - on the contrary I am a fan of Art Noveau, Neoclassical, Barroque and Gothic architecture. But I lived in Brasília from 1978 until 1998 (from 2 to 22 years old) and again since 2013. I say its architecture don't bring people who live there down (people are happy) and that's because the city has a good quality of life for those who live in Plano Piloto (the central neighborhoods of the city) and have a car. I always had a good life (not rich, but comfortable, with access to all): my father was associated to 5 clubs with sports, windsurf, pools, places for barbecues etc (a common distraction for those who live in Brasilia), took me to zoos, parks and stuff like that when I was little. I always went to embassies in events and parties and had the chance to talk to people from all over the world, the areas are very open (a city full of green, trees and great parks), restaurants and cultural options for all tastes and the most important: life more or less as in the countryside, since it is not crowded and with a horrible traffic as other cities as São Paulo and Rio. It is a city with a high cost for living, but also with the best salaries, cause public service here is what offers the best benefits, work rights and salaries in Brazil. I was public servant for several years and don't regret myself, except for some stress and disappointments I had, which I could find, in truth, in any other work at private companies (the secret is just know how to live with others, something we can learn over the years). My father was not a politician, but a public servant, very known and respected, since in his position he needed to deal with very sensitive issues, like IMF, laws regarding banks and private companies in Brazil and so on.... He was never rich, but thanks to his work he left me, my mother and my mother in a very good and comfortable condition - something most wish deep inside. I have the basic to a good life: I can travel, I have my apartment in a good place, my car, resources to buy the books I enjoy etc. but the most important: my father passed to me the real meaning of the word honesty, honor - and this is priceless. Not every public servant is corrupt here (and this I proudly testify entirely based on the educational background I had). As for Niemeyer, Lucio Costa and Burle Marx (this one whose family was related to the real Karl Marx by the way), they don't do the kind of architecture I admire, but I must admit life in a "Communist" residential block in Brasília is pretty good, with local commerce for each block and so on. The bad there is the public transportation, cause it is a city designed to have a car. They are respected, admired abroad (Niemeyer is the responsible for the headquarters of the French Communist Party, the Russian embassy in USA, several buildings in former USSR, the UN headquarters in NY and so on...). Not my cup of tea, but they definitely were good in which they proposed themselves to project as architects and engineers. I always defined Niemayer as "The Communist and Brasília version of Albert Speer", without exaggerations.
20th December 2014

Icy adventures
One of my dream destinations......Loved reading this, your excitement is obvious. You didn't mention which company you booked through. Would be interested to know, for my own future reference. Did you book before arriving there?
From Blog: Antarctica
20th December 2014

Hi Joe Yes a great adventure it was. I booked through an Australian company that is a reseller. The main organiser was GAdventure and I can tell you they are a great and professional outfit. The Poole are simply awesome. There are last minute tickets for sale in Ushuaia for about US$4000 so you can save a lot of money. But that means you have to be flexible with flying or spend time there. But it is worth it. Best move I ever made going to Antarctica.....
From Blog: Antarctica
19th December 2014

So glad you are having such a great time
Hi Welf, Thanks for the update. What an interesting place - but I have to say, what HIDEOUS buildings. It always amazes me what weird minds can produce such things. I need uplifting surroundings, these are designed to bring you down. Your new friend seems really nice, I'm very happy for you both. Frohe weihnachten und ein glückliches neues jahr Nicole
20th December 2014

Thanks Nicole. Well I agree with you somehow but it was interesting. And the people are happy there anyway, don't know why but they are. Yes Carla is great and we are happy. Have a great Christmas a well and greetings to your fily. Stay in touch. Welf
18th December 2014
Beer bar in Brasilia

Beer bar
Now that looks interesting.
19th December 2014
Beer bar in Brasilia

They got some awesome beer bars here in Brazil. Beer from all over the world and real classy joints too. But the Brazilian beer is very good as well....
18th December 2014

If this is Tuesday it must be Brasilia
What a voyage of discovery. Think globally, act locally and live in the moment!!
16th December 2014
Paraidise

Photography
Welf, Exciting, invigorating photography! I'm surprised how much "warmth" you have been able to capture in Antarctica. And, congratulations on your Blogger of the Week award. Alles Gute, Monique
From Blog: Antarctica
28th November 2014

An amazing land
In 1990, I worked 5 months in Antarctica so I'm always drawn to blog from the land of ice. Great stuff. Love your adventure.
From Blog: Antarctica
29th November 2014

Thank you for your comment and lucky you having had the chance to work in Antarctica. When we visited Pslmer Station it was an eye opener on how they worked and lived there. Amazing stuff. To be honest I don't know if I could do it. Have fun with your travel plans. Sounds like you are living a full life. Good on you......
From Blog: Antarctica
28th November 2014

We are enjoying your journey.....
Hi Welf, I'm glad that you finally updated your blog, we were starting to get worried because we hadn't heard from you in a while. Wow, what a once in a life-time experience. You did the right thing going on your trip. Thanks for sharing it with us, we are enjoying reading not only about your personal adventures, but learning about parts of the world we have never experienced. Cheers Nicole
From Blog: Antarctica
1st December 2014

Hi Nicole. Thank you for your comment. Yes it was the right thing to do to go on the trip. I am having a fantastic time. Antarctica was a great adventure and I think I have to go back in the future. Take care and stay in touch...
From Blog: Antarctica
27th November 2014

Maybe you don't know how much your pictures are great - or maybe you know. Good to know you're now so happy here with me ;) I am as well, more than you can imagine...
From Blog: Antarctica
27th November 2014

Great photos...
Welf, you have made Lesley very envious with this leg of your trip. Great photos and a great story. Stay safe... Jonathan
From Blog: Antarctica
27th November 2014

Antarctica
Hi Welf Great blog with great comments and photos. Hope that you are having a good time in Brazil. After Ushuaia, we traveled north passing through Puerto Natales, El Calafate and is now in El Chalten. We did heaps of walks and the sceneries are truly amazing. We will leave for Los Antiguos tomorrow working our way to Santiago. Keep in touch. We currently have rather slow internet connection. We'll contact you further when we have better internet connection. Safe travel. Geoff and Pauline
From Blog: Antarctica
27th November 2014

Thanks for the comment Pauline and Geoff. Sounds like you guys have a great time and enjoy yourself. I am all good her and looked after very well. Stay in touch and happy travelling ....
From Blog: Antarctica
7th November 2014

Good luck in Antartica Welf!
Hi Welf, Glad to hear you are having a great time down there (right down there!). I have read every one of your blogs, but didn't know your email wasn't working. Take care and see you soon! Jonathan
7th November 2014

Thanks Jinathan. My e-mail is working. Herfurth@iinet.net.au
6th November 2014

Convincing
Welf, you have a great way of expressing just how awe-inspiring Torres del Paine is.. I'm so much looking forward to my visit in Dec! :)
6th November 2014

Thank you for your kind words. It's sometimes hard to describe these wonderful places as no word can do the place justice. You will have a great time there. Are you traveling now?

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