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South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Centro January 3rd 2020

Little Red Riding Hood goes girl power - and a lot more All photos in this blog entry is of street art. First of all we want to point out that we make a difference between street art and graffiti. Street art is often, not always but often, permitted and sometimes even commissioned. Street art is created with the main purpose of transforming a dull wall into something more interesting. Graffiti, on the other hand, is mostly rubbish and vandalism and not something we condone. Some of the best street art totally rivals high quality art in major art galleries. What we also like about street art is that it is free of charge to enjoy and that we can look at it while we are doing other sightseeing. Also looking for street art might involve ... read more
Woman and bird of pray
Ayrton Senna

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Centro January 12th 2019

Today we are going sightseeing in Rio. So, on a sunny summer Saturday, we set of by Metro from Copacabana to the city centre. Not surprisingly, we are travelling in the opposite direction to almost everyone else. We buy Metro tickets, which are quite decorative and thus a good item for my scrapbook. However, at the turnstile, we insert the ticket and it isn’t returned. I look so disappointed that on the following journey, the old man buys 3 tickets so I have one to keep. First stop is the Bonde, the old streetcar which clambers across the Arcos de Lapa viaduct and up the hillside along cobbled lanes decorated with murals. We’re taking the Bonde just for the sake of it, so buy a return ticket, worrying that we’ll look a bit sad when we ... read more
Bonde mural

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Centro February 4th 2016

The next morning we had some time to kill before our 24-hour magic carpet ride, known for its fold down seats and high-stakes theft. We decided we wanted to soak up one last part of the jungle before we entered into bustling Rio. Trip Advisor pointed us to Parque de Avery. From the reviews, it sounded like a bird sanctuary. When we got there, it was really more a bird zoo. Caged birds as far as the eye can see. Very pretty, a little depressing. Never been much of a “caged-animal observer myself” but hey, I got to hold a toucan…so I guess there’s a win in there somewhere. When it was time to catch the bus, we stocked up on beer and snacks for the long haul. Normally a 24-hour ride anywhere would ... read more
View from the Bus
"Tell me about it"

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Centro February 16th 2015

Comme vous avez pu le constater l'arrivée a Rio a été chargée en activités et pour ne pas freiner la course, voici que débarquent dans ma nouvelle ville, une grande partie de ma famille : une sœur par ci, deux cousines par là, une tante cachée au milieu! Des moments privilégiés que nous n'oublierons pas je pense, malgré leur simplicité.... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Centro June 16th 2014

The distance is approximately 430km And travel time 5 to 6 hours. Getting out of São Paulo was a bit of at nightmare. Even at 6am the traffic was pretty bad and the signage was not good. even with a gps we still took some wrong turns. It took a lot to keep it together without getting overtly frustrated. Once on the motorway it was a lot better. On arrival in Rio the gridlock and graffiti were not good signs and everyone's thoughts were centered on the accommodation And the neighbourhood. But as we got into the city all spirits were lifted by the cleanliness of the streets. The traffic was still gridlocked and I needed to reach into the far recesses of my memory and pull out my driving skills gained in South Africa, indicate ... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Centro June 13th 2014

We arrived in São Paulo to find out that it was one of the busiest weekend of the year due to a large music festival taking place in the city which explained why so many of the hostels were full and really expensive. We took a trip to the football museum in Sao Paulo where they celebrate Brazilian (and world) football. As well as the usual information panels and interactive displays, Gary got to try his skills on the speed kick machine. A surprise was finding an All White kit in the museum shop, although a bit expensive to justify buying. We took a free Old Town walking tour, which was a great way to see the old town and to learn about some of the history of Brazil, São Paulo and the buildings in the ... read more
Paulista Ave, Sao Paulo
Christ the Redeemer

Yay, the unofficial Brazil 2014 song´s ready: all for the show. If you want join the world championships too, don´t hesitate to share... because you agree with me, because you like the tune or because you don´t want your government to put a highway on your house the next time there´s a big sports event... :D LYRICS If you need ways, I´ll make way - I´ll make room if you need rooms - I never was a sports fan anyway - and now I´ve got other things to do - "For order and for progress", yeah - all together for the yellow and the green - Games and bread for everyone - well would that be including me? - And I say: oooh oooh ooh, I think I´m gonna go now - Oooh oooh oooh, ... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Centro February 11th 2013

The Sambadrome is a purpose built parade area in downtown Rio, it’s a 700m stretch of street converted into a permanent parade ground with bleachers built along both sides, with a 90,000 capacity. It’s the part of carnival that’s broadcasted all over the world, the competition between samba schools to win the carnival crown. The schools gain points for lots of aspect of their parade, one of them being the inclusion of tourists in the dancing chorus, for what seemed like an astronomical amount of money (especially after I’ve been travelling on a budget for a long time) you get a costume to keep and get to join in the parade. Whilst it’s not an expense I could justify – or truthfully something that I think I would enjoy all that much – some friends were ... read more
002. Carnival Float
003. Carnival Float
004. Carnival Float

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Centro November 20th 2012

I am a school teacher. Last year I made the decision to teach internationally. My reason for this decision is based on the ambition to become fluent in Spanish. I teach beginning Spanish and feel the need to speak the language fluently in order to be the best teacher I can be. Latin Amercia is obviously my focus of countries where I want to teach in order to help me achieve this goal. Spain is pretty much out of the question because the pay is terrible. Central Amercia might be a good choice and certainly South America. There are several steps you have to take in order to be considered for internation teaching. One of them is to sign up with an international job search service and typically, attend a job fair, where you meet with ... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Centro December 20th 2011

On my return from Patagonia I stopped overnight in Buenos Aires for one last taste of Porteño living, (ie. another juicy steak in San Telmo and a beer at Plaza Dorrego with Andrew, an Aussie I'd worked with at Pisco) before heading to the far north eastern corner of the country and Puerto Iguazú. Puerto Iguazú is the departure point for trips to the Iguazú Falls which straddle the Brazilian and Argentine border, a site which is on the verge of being voted one of the Seven New Wonders of the Natural World! When I saw the Pailon del Diablo waterfall in Ecuador (see blog no.3 from Baños) it was, at that time, the most spectacular waterfall I had seen. I was blown away by its ferocity and the sheer volume of water it spewed out ... read more
Iguazú Falls
Iguazú Falls
Iguazú Falls

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