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South America » Paraguay May 2nd 2009

An 8 hour, Chipa filled bus journey away from Ascuncion lies the town of Pedro Juan Caballero. An 8 hour and 2 minute bus journey away lies the town on Ponta Pora. The important disinction between the 2 is that PJC is Paraguayan, whereas Ponta Pora belongs to Brazil. The 2 towns, and therefore by definition the 2 countries, are seperated by nothing more than the main road. The border security here makes Ciudad del Este look positively strict. I found this out the interesting way, by arriving rather late, and going on a wander to find a burger. How I rejoiced when I found a place selling them for just 3 Guaranies. Then my brain clicked into gear, and I realised I had somehow inadvertently ended up in Brazil. Time to retrace steps. Fed, watered ... read more
Paraguay from Brazil
River, Cerro Cora

South America » Paraguay » Asunciòn April 30th 2009

Ah the pun, my most faithful of friends. Helping me out when I can´t think of any decent titles. I digress. I´d heard many things about Paraguayan´police trying to bribe tourists when they enter the country, so when 2 such fellows approached me in Ciudad del Este just as I had my passport stamped I was a little wary. I shouldn´t have been. All they wanted to do is make sure noone tried to rob me as I waited for my bus to the bus station, give me a map of Paraguay and their own personal tips, before wishing me well on my way. If this was what all Paraguayans were like, I was going to have a great time! The bus journey to Ascuncion was very eventful, in that it produced the title for this ... read more
Puente del Amistad
Government building, Ascunscion
La Chacarita, Ascuncion

South America » Brazil » Paraná » Foz do Iguaçu April 24th 2009

I crossed the border to Brazil with Gareth, a fellow Englishman who has achieved the rare feat of managing to get to more footy games than me over the last few weeks. Shortly after dropping our things at the hostel, we decided to venture over to Paraguay, making this a 3 country day, an achievement I managed once before on this trip when I went from El Salvador to Nicaragua via Honduras. You remember that don´t you faithful readers? Unless you want to, there is no need to get your passport stamped as you cross the Puente del Amistad between Brazil and Paraguay, so being as we were going back to Foz that evening we spent a day technically as illegal immigrants. Ciudad del Este was a bit of a shock after spending 4 months in ... read more
Itaipu by night
Brucie Bonus!

South America » Argentina » Misiones » Puerto Iguazú April 21st 2009

Unfortunately, I was already on a bus bound for Puerto Iguazu before I remembered the above sage advice from TLC. I considered jumping off at the next stop, but it was the middle of the night and I didn´t really feel like it. By the time the bus arrived in Puerto Iguazu, I wondered why I was ever considering taking the advice of a dodgy early 90s girl group over virtually everyone in the world who say that the Iguazu Falls are incredible, and went to find myself a hostel. Fact of the Day. My dad owns the TLC album. How embarrasing. So Puerto Iguazu. The first thing I noticed upon arrival was that I had well and truly arrived back in the tropics, and had worked up quite a sweat just on the walk from ... read more
Tres Fronteras
Brucie Bonus

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires April 19th 2009

This was it, what I'd been waiting for for about 2 months. The big one. No, I'm not talking about seeing Rik Waller in concert, but of Boca Juniors vs River Plate at La Bombonera. (I have to confess, that joke isn't mine, I actually stole it from someone else who went to the game, but I didn't meet until Puerto Iguazu... Gareth if you read this, please don't sue me.) First though, a short tale about an interesting first night back in BA. As you may recall from the last exciting episode of "Stewart's blog" I caught a ferry from Colonia at stupid o'clock, meaning that I couldn't sleep beforehand. A group on the boat decided it was a great idea to get out their instruments and have a bit of a jam on the ... read more
Pre match
Slightly covered pitch
Business time

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento April 17th 2009

I got a little scared that you guys were stalking me after my last entry, so decided to put some months between us. Sorry about that. but we do continue. So, from Maldonado, I skidaddled westwards for my final stop in Uruguay - Colonia. I'd heard really mixed reports on this place, with some people saying its a great place to stay for a few days, and others saying come and see the sights, then get out. Being as I had an urgent appointment with La Bombonera in Buenos Aires on Sunday (I arrived in Colonia on Friday) I would be following the advice of the second group. And to be honest, I think it was them, and therefore I, who had it right. Colonia's main "draw" is its historic old city, with people daytripping over ... read more
Can you see BA?
Colonia timewarp

South America » Uruguay » East » Punta del Este April 15th 2009

My bus from Montevideo dropped me at Maldonado, which is about another 10 minutes away from Punta del Este, Uruguay's most famous beach resort, and also one of the best in South America apparently. In summer, and over Easter weekend, the place is thronging, but by the time I arrived on Easter Monday it was quiet as a mouse. Indeed, for the last 2 nights, I've been the only person staying in my hostel. This isn't going to be a long entry, as I haven't really done that much here. My days have always followed a similar pattern of wake up late, have breakfast then head to the beach, whereupon the rest of the day was spent swimming or reading. Very relaxing. I'm not sure I'd want to come here in high season, but right now ... read more
"The Hand"
Sealion at the dock
Maldonado watch tower

And if you tolerate this then your children will be next. Sorry, couldn't resist. By the way, I've been sneaking in song references into my titles for a while now. If you're bored, why not try and find them all. A prize for anyone who gets them all. Oh, and for the smart Alec that says Las Ramblas are in Barcelona... well they're in Montevideo too. I've a picture that proves it. I spent all of the Easter weekend in Montevideo, as with Uruguay being a Catholic country, it all goes a little crazy, with buses and hostels all booked up. Therefore, I decided to stay put. To be honest, 4 days here was a little bit too long. Don't get me wrong, its not a bad city at all, its just well... it's not a ... read more
Montevideo from El Centenario
Mercado del Puerto

South America » Uruguay » West » Fray Bentos April 9th 2009

When buying the bus ticket to my latest location, I could barely keep the grin off my face. In fact, I'm fairly sure I didn't, as the guy behind the counter looked at me in a very strange way as I said "Uno a Fray Bentos por favor". Yup thats right. Fray Bentos. Despite the fact I think their products are of dubious quality, how could I not come to a town that had pies named after it? But before we get there, I must make brief comment on my bus journey from Cordoba to Uruguay. You see, until now, the fanciest I had been on a bus was semi-cama, the basic option for overnight journeys. But that wasn't available here, so instead I went cama, enjoying a fully reclining seat, a hot meal accompanied by ... read more
Monument to Corned Beef
Two headed cow
Pitched on the Rio Uruguay

South America » Argentina » Córdoba » Córdoba April 8th 2009

At least according to Che Guevara. Find out why later in this latest exciting episode of Stewart's blog. So, to Cordoba. Before I created this 3 weeks window, it was always going to a place I ended up skipping over. And after spending 6 days there, I've got to say I'm quite glad I didn't. I've got to say though, that Argentina's second city didn't make the greatest of first impressions on me. You see, my first day in places I usually go out and see "the sights". But unless you like churches, Cordoba doesn't really have many. Sure, theres the Jesuit block, and the plazas are all very nice, but nothing really stood out. But then I realised I was coming at Cordoba completely the wrong way. You see for me, Cordoba is more a ... read more
The Motorcycle Diaries motorbike
Main Plaza
Jesuit Block

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