Blogs from Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, South America


David here... As Suzanne has mentioned, the airport at Foz was awful. Once you were through the security there were no amenities or shops, just one big, crowded area where the gates are. We passed the time reading, I'm currently working my way through the Jack Reacher novels. The plane was a small, propeller plane and we'd been allocated seats 1A and 1B but had to move as it was an emergency exit and we don't speak Portuguese, no real hassle. The flight was uneventful, though we did get soft drinks and a generous pile of snacks, which was a surprise as we were on Azul Airlines, the Ryanair of Brazilian air travel. We arrived in Porto Alegre at 20:30 and promptly got our bags and walked the short distance between Terminal 2 and Terminal 1 ... read more
Birds in the Praca da Alfandega
Buildings around Praca da Alfandega
Statue on the Praca da Alfandega

South America » Brazil » Rio Grande do Sul » Porto Alegre January 15th 2015

Well, it is pretty hard to get this blog updated all the time when travelling to all these wonderful places. And Carla is keeping me busy as hell with her planed approach to sightseeing. It looks like I need a holiday from the backpacking soon. And Porto Alegre was not different with the added bonus that Carla was born and has lived in POA for a long time, so she knew the place pretty well and I was dragged around every place there was to see. Not that I complain as I got a superb tour of the city, but an old man like me needs its rest from time to time. But let’s see what happened in POA. São Paulo was our starting point to get to Porto Alegre and in true backpacking style we, ... read more
Another Cultural Center -  Porto Alegre
Astronomic Observatory of local University -  Porto Alegre
Astronomic Observatory -  Porto Alegre

Gameday!!!!!! Well, not only gameday, but also the day I find out what my path to the Final is. My options are to follow Nigeria as 1st or 2nd in the group or Argentina as 1st in case Nigeria was knocked out due to a win by Iran over Bosnia. I had booked flights and hotels based on me following Argentina, and if Nigeria advanced, I’d have to do some extra work. After we woke up, we headed down to the hotel cafeteria for breakfast. The room was full of Argentina fans, no plates, no glasses, and a little bit of juice. The workers were doing their best to replenish the food and plates. We managed to eat a really good breakfast to make sure we had lots of energy for the day. There were a ... read more
The crowd arriving at the stadium
Me outside the stadium
Me and a Nigerian fan

Got up today, packed my stuff and headed to the airport as today was travel day. At the airport, I waited to meet my cousin Luiz, who I hadn’t seen in just over 12 years. I made a joke in passing in an email exchange a few months back inviting him to join me in Porto Alegre for the Argentina vs Nigeria game, amd much to my surprise, he accepted and purchase a ticket on the same flight as me the same day. A few weeks later, he managed to get a ticket to this game, so it all worked out. The flight was very quick, only 40 minutes long. Porto Alegre is the capital of the southernmost state in Brazil. It’s my first time down here. We took a train into the city and then ... read more
Close-up of sign
Arena do Gremio (front)

South America » Brazil » Rio Grande do Sul » Porto Alegre March 13th 2014

In Porto Alegre I managed to find quite cheap accommodation (see photo 1). However, the floors sloped slightly and one had to be careful about rolling out of the beds that would be set out at night. An unusual feature of Porto Alegre is the so called Haemorrhoid Monument, a giant futuristic representation of a group of haemorrhoids (see photo 2). It is not widely known that Porto Alegre is where the world's first successful human haemorrhoid transplant was carried out. The monument is a tribute to those pioneering but under-appreciated and misunderstood surgeons. * En Porto Alegre me las arreglé para encontrar un alojamiento bastante barato (ver foto 1). Sin embargo, los suelos con pendiente ligeramente y había que tener cuidado con el despliegue de las camas que se establecen en la noche. Una característica ... read more
photo 2

Well after all the horror stories of people being mugged I was witness to a mugging on my bus....or should I more accurate say, there was a mugging that took place but not a single one of us passengers were even aware it took place. 10 mins on the bus and this guy started shouting, to raise the alarm that something he had placed on the overhead shelf had been stolen. Obviously I had no idea what he was saying but it is amazing what body language and facial expressions convey. 2 hours later I was fully we had 2 policemen check our hand luggage (this reminded me of my Peru search a few years back at least there were no dirty clothes this time just food and electronics) and then we had to wait ... read more
Gasometre factory being converted to a cultural and exhition space
It is amazing what you can do with paper and talent
it had to be done

South America » Brazil » Rio Grande do Sul » Porto Alegre November 16th 2010

Vi ankommer til Porto Alegre om aftenen, efter et besøg på en dejlig strand Praia Rosa og en 6 timers køretur i bil på en brasiliansk motervej. Mauricio, Julies gæstfri ven fra Paris, som er Brasilianer, har nemlig også tilbudt os af overnatte et par nætter hos ham, inden vi tager videre til Montevideo. Han bor sammen med sin ven i en hyggelig lejlighed, og Julie og jeg får lov at sove på hans værelse. Han selv sover på en madres i stuen.. 13. okt. Mauricio tager på arbejde, og Julie og jeg tager i byen og vil opleve Porto Alegre - "Den glade havn". Det er en dejlig by, med mange træer. Om aftenen tager Mauricio os med til kysten i byen, og vi sider på en bænk og kigger ud over det mørke hav(det ... read more
Der findes forskelligt slags Mate pulver
to skønjomfruer ved kirken
avislæsning og skopudsning

South America » Brazil » Rio Grande do Sul » Porto Alegre March 30th 2010

Agora falta pouco... Decidimos preparar um janta para entrarmos no clima espanhol. Regado a vinho típico e frutos do mar. O prato pode ser chamado Pasta ao fundo do mar que tal? Tenho que registrar isso...logo logo vai ter isso escrito no cardápio de algum restaurante. Bom seguem as fotos do prato e do vinho. A propósito, recomendo o vinho PATA NEGRA safra 2007 - uva Tempranillo. Faltam 3 dias... Agora teremos atualizações mais frequentes. Alex.... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio Grande do Sul » Porto Alegre March 15th 2010

O último trecho dentro da Europa foi o que mais deu dor de cabeça. Se for feita uma cotação de preço entre Munique -- Barcelona preparem-se para um custo totalmente fora da tendência de custo baixo com passagem aérea em vôos internos. Gira em torno de EUR 120/pessoa, mesmo nas companhias low fare, o que chega à R$580,00. Quem deu a dica dessa vez foi o Fábio Mello. Visitaremos a colônia brasileira em Heidenhein (Fábio, Dani, barriga da Dani, Marco e Andressa) e por isso existem boas opções para o último trecho. Heidenhein fica perto de dois aeroportos secundários (Sttutgart, 100km) e Memmingen (esse sim, aeroporto secundaríssimo, 130km). Por Sttutgart, existem boas opções com a German Wings ( Não comprei dessa companhia por causa dos horários, que não fecharam. Pena, porque eu queria conhecer o Museu ... read more

Trecho 3 - Copenhagem para Munique Voltando a escrever depois de alguns dias de afastamento (muito trabalho), recebi esta semana a fatura do cartão e vou poder passar o valor exato das passagens adquiridas. De Copenhagem para Munique, a frequência de vôos é bem grande e portanto são muitas e variadas as ofertas de vôos. Fazendo uma pesquisa e consultando alguns amigos, encontrei a SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) como a opção mais barata. A passagem em si não é a mais barata, mas ao contrário de outras companias a SAS não cobra por bagagem até 30kg. Ou seja, a outra opção (AIRBERLIN) considerando as bagagens ficava EUR 10/pessoa mais cara do que a SAS. Além disso, na SAS a pontuação conta para o programa de milhas da Luftansa. Outra coisa que contou muito ponto para a escolha, ... read more

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