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March 2018 - December 2019
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  • Day23

    One last hour at the beach

    April 13, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    My boat back to the mainland was scheduled for 1 p.m., which gave me enough time to chill at Praia Julia, one of the breaches that are in walking distance from the village of Vila Abraão.
    Although I would have loved to have some more hours on Ilha Grande and maybe visit the famous Lopes Mendes beach, I was glad I planned in some buffer time: the boat left half an hour late (but I'm almost sure that they just tell everyone the wrong time to make sure they'd be punctual). On the other side we were picked up by a van that, halfway to Rio, broke a tyre. An hour later we could continue driving, but the break for that changed tyre didn't work anymore, so that we went on very limited speed. When we finally got close to the airport, we got stuck in traffic until we changed into another van - 5 minutes before arrival. At least my 5h expected waiting time at the airport was that way reduced to only 3h 😁Read more

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  • Day22

    Pico do Papagaio

    April 12, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Had a steep 6 hour hike up to the highest point of the island. There are just four words to describe it: sweaty, difficult, tiring... And so rewarding!

  • Day20

    Surprise hike

    April 10, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    I only arrived at Ilha Grande this afternoon and went straight to Praia Preta, a beach I had been recommended in the hostel. When it turned colder and I considered going back, I remembered that there was supposed to be a waterfall close by. I was only wearing flip flops, my bikini and a beach towel, but I didn't expect to be walking more than ten minutes.
    Eventually, however, those ten minutes turned into one hour on a rather difficult trail. I usually would have turned around after a short time, but it took a while to get reliable information on how long it would actually take and joined a group of Brazilians.
    My feet are killing me right now - I appreciate having bought proper hiking shoes now more than ever - but it was still a unique experience.
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  • Day19

    Paraty

    April 9, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    Paraty is a small coastal town in the state of Rio de Janeiro. Especially now, considering that it's off season, there's not that much to do.
    My day consisted of a breakfast right at the beach, followed by a stroll through the historic center in town and some chilling at the beach. I didn't go into the water - it didn't look too inviting in terms of cleanliness - but there was a stone pier on which I went a little father out. In the evening, a band played pagode in the town square, and a lot of people started to dance Samba.Read more

  • Day17

    A little bit of Rio tourism

    April 7, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    My first day in Brazil's most famous city had been very quite: after spent the night on the road and due to the fact that Felipe only arrived in the evening and his mother, with whom we are staying, wouldn't let me do much by myself, I only slept and went to the beach.
    On the contrary, today was loaded with activity. We tried to go up to Cristo Redentor, but since the sky was rather cloudy and we wouldn't have seen a lot from up there, we decided otherwise. Instead we walked around the botanical garden and had lunch at a famous (and really good) restaurant in Santa Teresa, called Aprazível. After that, we explored this bohemian neighborhood and some of its viewpoints. For the ultimate sunset experience we climbed onto some rocks at Praia do Arpoador, at the end of Ipanema. We also met with Jéssica, a friend from my exchange year in Mexico.
    We only had time for a quick shower and dinner with Felipe's mum before we had to leave for a birthday party (at this point a already 3h too late).
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  • Day16

    Rio de Janeiro

    April 6, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    I didn't expect to say this, but after only a few hours in Rio I can honestly say that I understand why people are so fascinated by this city. If you tell any Brazilian that you're planning a trip to Rio, the first thing they'll say is: "Make sure to be extremely careful. Go with a local if you can. Rio is very dangerous."
    Right after that, however, they'll tell you that they love Rio, and that it still is a 100% worth going. You'll hear about the beauty of the town and people, about how you should try and hide all your valuables or just not bring them at all, about great beaches, restaurants and party, about the imprisonment of the former president, about the abundance of hiking opportunities, about wars in the favelas and homicide. You'll end up wondering if you should maybe change your travel plans in order to avoid Rio, and at the same time wanting to see this place even more.
    I am lucky enough to have friends here who would take good care of me, so I decided to go. And I don't regret it: when you lie at Leblon beach, looking at the islands and mountains, you easily forget that there's a chaotic town right behind you.
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  • Day15

    BH's Culinary Highlights

    April 5, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Today I met with João, a friend that I know from my exchange year and that I'd also traveled two days with oh Colombia. We went to a cultural center and to a viewpoint - unfortunately at that moment it started to rain, but we still got a nice picture of BH from above. Most importantly, however, he showed me two awesome places to eat. The probably most typical mineiro dish we had was stuffed pão de queijo. Just DELI!Read more

  • Day14

    Forró

    April 4, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    What Salsa is to Colombians, that is Forró to the Brazilians. Tonight I got to know and try this beautiful dance at the bar A Autentica. I took my time with the first dance, as most people at the party were really good dancers and I knew I would be sticking out. In addition, many couples (and by couple I refer to mostly one-song dancing couples) danced much closer than I would feel comfortable with a stranger.
    Already watching the others was fascinating. This dance has an incredible beauty (and in some cases also a lot of emotion) to it. Very slowly I also started accepting dance offers, however telling them that I had no Forró experience and preferred to keep at least some of my personal space. Since (almost) everyone accepted that and it also became clear that they really wouldn't try anything but dancing, I could relax and just enjoy the dance. It is definitely a lot of fun and a big part of Brazilian culture :)
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  • Day13

    BH Culture

    April 3, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    I'm now in Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais. I already got here yesterday afternoon and took advantage of the fact that there are two climbing gyms in close walking distance. After showering I didn't even have time to sit done, but went with a little group to a bar that features rock music and billard.
    Today I got out to learn something about the mineiro culture. I walked a lot in between two museums and the central market. Although of course not everything in BH is pretty, I am still surprised that so few people visit it, because there is a lot to do here (much more than for example in São Paulo).
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