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Archive for October, 2009

Samba School

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

On Saturday night I went to the Samba School where they practice for the carnival. I really don’t know how people move their bodies that fast. I two girls trying to teach me and I thought by three in the morning (it didn’t start until 11pm) I might have it but I expect I was […]

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Middle Class Bag Lady

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

For those who are planning to attend the Olympics in 2016 you should start saving your pennies now. Rio is expensive. A bed in a 12 bed dorm is $20US and $30US in a 4 bed dorm. The first internet cafe I went to was $6/hr (I have since found $3/hr). So I am couch […]

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Ripped Off in Rio

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Try not to arrive in a strange city late at night by yourself. I though I was going to get to Rio about 7pm and the bus didn’t arrive until 10pm. On the way my fellow passenger repeated how dangerous Rio was so after walking around the bus station in the pouring rain for 45 […]

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Me and The Tank

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

I know it is a bit late but I have finally found a name for my bike. I took it for an oil change (free of charge courtesy of Ricardo who has the cleanest bike shop I have ever seen) and he said that he worked for Suzuki for 12 years and that he had […]

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Londrina, Little London

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Over a year ago someone signed my guestbook from Brazil. At the time I didn’t think that I was going to be in Brazil but seeing as how I am I emailed him. It turns out that Mozart lived halfway between the Falls and Saó Paulo. Which was lucky for me as I had wanted […]

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The Lion and the Storm

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

I hadn’t been able to leave Matelandia on the Saturday as there was a big storm. Southern Brazil has been getting tornadoes (which is unusual). One had recently been through the town and caused a lot of damage. Then on Sunday I rode with Alex back to the falls so that she could see the […]

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Sweet People, Sweet Pizza

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

I was chatting online to Luigi in Quito and told him I was heading to Sao Paulo and said that I should stop and see João and Elliot who lived on the way. They have ridden from Alaska to Argentina and just finished doing a round the world which João has written two books about […]

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Iguazu Falls, Argentina Side

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Everyone says that the Argentina side of the falls is better than the Brazilian side. We had a sunny day so it didn’t have the excitement of seeing the falls in a storm but it was still pretty impressive Though they had closed the top walks around Devils Throat due to the overflow of water […]

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The World's Second Largest Dam

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

After the Three Gorges Dam in China (installed capacity 22GW) Itaipu Dam (14GW) is the world’s second largest dam supplying 90% of the energy in Paraguay (6 million people) and 20% of the energy in Brazil (180 million people). It’s water flow is 40 times that of Iguazu Falls. The photos are just of the […]

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Power of Nature

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

The Austrian rider mentioned something about it raining in Brazil and we found out what he meant the next day. Apparently Brazil has been getting abnormally excessive rain for this time of year so Iguazu Falls was thundering. We almost didn’t go as it was absolutely teaming down by the time we reached the viewpoint. […]

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