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Brazil Summary

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

The day we visited the Brazil side of Iguazu it was pouring with rain which made the falls even more majestic and the Argentina side that we saw in the sun a bit tame. I was pretty pleased with my photo of the lizard’s tongue. After the rest of Latin America the cost of Brazil […]

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Pelotas and Postres

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Pelotas in Southern Brazil is on the edge of a huge lake that is fresh water part of the year and salt water the other part. It has great beaches and is famous for it’s deserts (postres in Spanish – though it has a different name in Portuguese) which Beatriz my host kindly bought for […]

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Rain, Roads and Racecar Drivers

Friday, November 13th, 2009

I swear that every car and truck driver in Brazil thinks they are trying out for the formula one. I had a 500 mile (800km) ride and it was horrible. It rained for the first 200 miles, drizzle for the next 200 miles and the road was in a really bad condition with too many […]

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Fun in Florianópolis

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Florianópolis is a beautiful city on an island just off the coast of Southern Brazil. The island is 50 some kms long and has 40 some beaches. I stayed with Cristiano and his fiancée Alexandra which was really interesting as they also lived in Europe for a while. One night we went to a jazz […]

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Mini HU Meet Up

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

The next day we went sightseeing around Curitiba the only big city in Brazil to have been settled by the Portuguese and has a wire Opera house. Then we rode to a neighboring town to visit Mario (a Londoner who has just moved to Brazil with his Brazilian wife and daughter). I contacted Mario through […]

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Brazilian BBQ

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

I rode down to Curitiba (population 2.5 million) to stay with Reginaldo who has ridden twice down to the bottom of Argentina on a DR650 (bike like mine). We took my bike to a mechanic that used to own a DR650 for him to ride my bike and make sure the suspension was ok (I […]

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Soaps and Sleep

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Evening soap operas or novellas as they are called here are really big in Brazil and apparently of such good quality they are exported all over the world. The story lines last 6-8 months and even the football (soccer) is scheduled to play after they finish at 10pm. I spent the next day recovering from […]

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Paulistano for a Day

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

The people of Saó Paulo are called Paulistanos and I was staying with Fabio who is Japanese, German and Brazilian and combines the best of all three. He had my stay all scheduled so that I would experience how a typical Paulistano would spend the day. He met me at the bus stop at six […]

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Beach Bum

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

The next day I was going to head south but Vitor and his friends convinced me to stay another day and they would take me to the beach. I had a great day even if they did make me eat fried shrimp with the shells still on. I liked that they had a sign showing […]

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Playa (beach) and Pool

Friday, November 6th, 2009

A few people had told me I needed to visit Búzios which was near Cabo Frio so I took the bus there. It was a very pretty little town but I realised that beaches are more fun when you are with friends. That night we went out to play pool which is played with only […]

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