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  • Day13

    Florianópolis (Brasilien)

    November 6, 2019 in Brazil ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Floripa, das Pardies am atlantischen Ozean!

    Nach 15 Stunden mit dem Nachtbus aus Iguazú sind wir im Regen hier angekommen und haben erstmal eine ordentliche Siesta eingelegt!

    Das Hostel und das Essen von einem italienischen Koch sind hervorragend! Es gibt Surfbretter und Wetsuits umsonst und jeder ist super herzlich!

    Am nächsten Tag hat uns das Wetter voll in die Karten gespielt und so sind wir erst zu den Pools im Ozean und dann 650m auf einen atemberaubenden Ausblick gewandert. Anschließend haben wir mit Dosenbier am Strand entspannt und haben die Bar im Hostel unsicher gemacht! Endlich angekommen im Land des Caiprina 🍹
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  • Day22

    Day 4 - Florianopolis

    April 24, 2017 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    We decided to stay an extra night in Florianopolis so that we didn't waste a beautifully sunny day travelling. We visited Joaquina beach which is famous for sand boarding. After a day of sunbathing we headed to the dunes to rent boards and give sand boarding a go. We hired a board which you sit down on and then another one which is more like a snowboard. It was really fun but climbing back up the dunes afterwards was exhausting so we were pooped after an hour. We missed the last bus back from the beach so we decided to walk back to our hostel. The walk was flat and it's nice and cool when the sun goes down so it was a really nice walk and only about 4km.

    In the evening we decided to treat ourselves to dinner out. We went to a very yummy Greek place which was very reasonably priced and had Greek salad and souvlaki which was delicious!

    Today we are making our way to Iguazu Falls which will be our final stop in Brazil before we cross over into Argentina.
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  • Day18


    April 20, 2017 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Having now experienced long distance, overnight bus travel in Brazil we have learnt the following:

    1. All buses come with at least one crazy old Portuguese lady.

    2. There is a reason why the seats behind the reserved over 60's seats are free (refer to point 1).

    3. Sleeping on overnight sleeper buses is difficult (for me, Simon will sleep anywhere).

    But we survived the 6 hour bus journey to São Paulo and then the 12 hour bus journey to Florianopolis where we will stay for the next few days. Another beach town however there are some nice hikes and city spots to visit.

    The forecast for today was rain so we did what any Brit would do and put on jeans and a rain coat and headed to the bus station. Typically when we got off the bus in town the sun came out and we looked like the daft overdressed tourists sweating profusely!

    We carried on though and pottered around the centre, visiting the historic market (Mercado Publico) and a very pretty museum, Museu Historico de Santa Catarina, which was formerly the colonial governor's palace.

    We then headed to the iconic bridge of Florianopolis which is undergoing some serious repairs so didn't quite live up to our expectations.

    Fingers crossed the sun will be out again tomorrow so we can find a nearby beach where Simon can give surfing a go!
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  • Day20

    Day 2 & 3 - Florianopolis

    April 22, 2017 in Brazil ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    Our second day in Florianopolis was dry but still pretty overcast so we took the ferry boat across the lake to a little fishing village. We visited a little waterfall and then mooched around the village before hopping back on the boat. There are lots of small villages along the lake, some of which have no access by road, so the boat acts as a taxi for the locals.

    The day before we had spotted this pretty yummy looking coffee bar so we decided to treat ourselves. They were a treat as these coffees were like no coffees you have ever had before. Simon chose a latte, but it was no ordinary latte. For starters it came in a giant wine glass on which Nutella was thickly spread around the glass. It also came with a side of another giant blob of Nutella on the end of a long spoon! I opted for the coffee milkshake which was made up of coffee, milk, ice cream and chocolate sauce. They were both a taste sensation! And needless to say we felt a bit sick afterwards but they were totally worth it.

    Then just as we thought our day couldn't get any better we made another amazing discovery. Let me set the scene a little bit for you first. Supermarkets in Brazil are rubbish! They are quite small, don't really have much in them and the limited fruit and veg they do have is a bit manky. And don't even get Simon started on the meat. It looks disgusting, smells worse and more often than not can be found accompanied by flies. You can therefore imagine our delight when we stumbled upon a decent supermarket that actually half resembled a supermarket back home. The shelves were full of things you would actually want to buy and there was a plethora of fresh fruit and vegetables. There was also mince and fresh chicken breasts (not frozen like every other supermarket). We actually felt like kids at Christmas discovering a stocking full of presents at the end of our beds!

    Today we awoke to sunshine streaming through the windows and Simon waking me up for a change, excited to go to the beach. We went to a beach called Mole beach (pronounced in the Austin Powers way). What Brazil lacks in supermarkets, it sure makes up for in beaches.
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  • Day291

    Florianopolis, Brazil

    February 28, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Florianopolis is home to beautiful white sand beaches and wild waves. Andreas and I spent our time lounging on these beaches. One secluded area was a nude beach! Although it was mainly old men. Andreas also watched soccer in a local bar with our English friends, Sean and Ben. We discovered that it is much more expensive to eat out in South America compared with Asia. We have started getting most of our meals from the grocery store and cooking in the hostel kitchen. This also means more picnics on park benches! Next stop, an 18 hour bus ride to Iguazu Falls.Read more

  • Day101

    Florianopólis - Barra da Lagoa

    December 5, 2016 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    After visiting the brazilian Iguazu Falls we took an overnight bus from Foz do Iguazu to Florianopólis. After a 16 hours ride we finally arrived in "Floripa" which is composed of one main island, the "Island of Santa Catarina" and many surrounding small ones.

    Our hostel was at the eastern side of the island at a beach called "Barra da Lagoa". So we took the public bus to go there. Unfortunately, after 30 minutes of driving, the bus wasn't able to move on because a tree trunk blocked the street. So we had to leave the bus until the only way to our hostel was free. Meanwhile in a restaurant, Alex realised that she left her iphone in the overnight bus. We desperately catched again the public bus to go back to the bus terminal. We were so happy when they told us that it was found but had to wait for two more hours till we got it back. The gap we used to get an overlook of the city center of "Floripa".

    It was allready evening when we finally arrived at our hostel. Unluckily we got informed about the fact that there was no electricity and Wifi since two days because of a cyclone that destroyed some parts of the island. Now it became clear why the street was blocked by the tree and why a lot of houses were under construction. But we were at least quite lucky, that we didn't arrive in the morning the day before when the storm just went over the island.

    The next days were very sunny. We enjoyed the nice weather so much, that we got sunburned like never before. But we still had a great day surfing and hanging at the beach.

    Our hostel called "Sunset Strip Eco Hostel" is high recomendable: very friendly staff, very nice atmosphere and surfboards for free!

    The island was actually much bigger than expected and we wished to stay longer to explore some other beaches because there were so many of them. But after the information that a second storm will reach the island on the next day, we decided on a whim to take a flight to Rio de Janeiro on the next morning.
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  • Day103

    New week in Floripa

    April 16, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Started the day with Qi Gong before going hiking with others at 07.30. There is an activity 07.30 every morning in the weekdays. Sophie was leading today's hike, and we went to Buenavista. It was a lovely hike, except for the part where there was a snake in the trail. I have a fobia of snakes, and it was not a pleasant experience. It went better than I would have thought, and I was happy not to be alone when this happened.

    The view from the endpoint of the hike was beautiful. We took some time to reflect upon three things we are grateful for. Mine was all the possibilities I have in my life, all the people I have met in my life, and the beauty of the nature.

    After the hike we had an amazing breakfast. I went to the beach for a little while, and then went for some errands. I needed a notebook for my stay here, so I can do some writing. I went back to the beach with Aline. It has been raining the last couple of days, and today the sun was shining again after some rain this morning.

    In the evening we had a session about mandala meditation. We did some drawing, and it was a nice. I have never really been into drawing, but I enjoyed this practice.

    I have decided to do the Heartattack program here from 20th of April to 20th of May. Super excited about it!
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  • Day102

    One week in Floripa

    April 15, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    It's already been a week since I arrived at Rosemary dream. The time flies by so fast here, at the same time I feel like I have been here for a long time.

    After the Rosemary experience on Tuesday, I needed to spend Wednesday to do some reflecting and writing. There was a lot of impressions in one day. I spent some time at "the natural pools" with others staying in the hostel. It is actually not pools, but that's the name the place is given. Later in the evening Ariella was giving us a lesson about Qi Gong. Very interesting!

    On Thursday I started the day doing some Qi Gong by myself before the others woke up. At 7.30 we did yoga. I love starting my days like this, with activities before breakfast. We spent the day at the beach, relaxing. We ended up joining a group of Israelis from the hostel for a spontaneous dance party at the beach to israelien music. So much fun!! I love how natural it seemed for this family to do something like that. Later on we played beach volley. Me and Jackie coocked dinner for ourself, Alina and Juan. The four of us clicked very fast. Lovely day with lovely people.

    Friday we started the day with Qi Gong on our own (me, Jackie, Juan and Aline). We did a short session of exercising after. Breakfast was delicious as always. We ended up spending most of the day at the beach relaxing. Later on a israeli couple had a session about Tantra. I found it very interesting. They focused upon boundaries, saying no, and more. We did some exercises. Friday means family dinner at Rosemary. Great food and great atmosphere. After dinner there was a "open stage" night. People singing, playing instruments and sharing. It was lovely. I was told earlier that day that everybody had to sing, and was super nervous about it. Didn't want to do it at all. In the night I decided not to, it felt like to much out of my comfort zone that I am not ready for it. Singing in front of people is something I don't do at all. In the end it somehow ended up with me singing, when Eva and Sophie was singing "a whole new world" from Aladdin and I ended up joining them without even thinking about how scary it would be. I just love that song, and it happened so spontaneous. It was a good night!

    Saturday we started the day with Qi Gong after breakfast. Ariella was leading us, and it was a energic and powerful session. After that she showed us a Chinese massage technique, it was super nice. Can you have a better start to the day? Great breakfast, qi Gong and giving eachother massages. What an peaceful morning. We went kayaking to Lagoa after this. It was very nice to kayak up the river here, beautiful. At night we went for dinner in Lagoa, and then to a party. We had a great day and did a lot of dancing. A perfect day together with my new crew here at Rosemary; Jackie, Aline and Juan. I love these people!!

    Today was a quiet day perfect for doing as close to nothing as possible. We had lunch at the beach, deck 6 has amazing food! We went to the turtle rescue centre and saw some awesome turtles. Jackie left for Iguazu Falls for a couple of days. Gonna miss having here around! Luckily she comes back at thursday. We have became such a close crew here, and I feel like I have know these guys forever.
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  • Day97

    Rosemary experience

    April 10, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Yesterday was one of the most inspiring, challenging and fun days I have had in forever. I joined in for 'Rosemary experience" which is a full day program for people to get a taste of what rosemary is all about. They are an empowerment centre and they use three steps in their programs: the monk, the monkey and the modern human. The monk is about connecting with yourself and loving yourself, and also connecting and loving others. Meditation and yoga is some of the tools they use for this. The monk is being more connected to your inner child and primal behaviour. Moving around, letting your body do what it wants to do. The modern human is the acknowledge of us being part of an modern world, and giving us tools to be true to yourself and happy within the society you live in.

    Read more about Rosemary dream here:

    My day startet early, I joined my first yoga session ever at 07.30 on this platform they have here overlooking the town and the ocean, amazing view. I found the yoga very difficult, as my muscles and flexibility was not ready for this. But I tried my best, and found that I really enjoyed it. It was a very peaceful way of exercising, and I will definitely try it again.

    After yoga I had the best breakfast in my life. They focus on the whole body here, and nutrition is a big part of how your body and mind is feeling. After three months of eating white bread with dulce de leche this was like coming to heaven.

    Every morning after breakfast they have a "sunrise" session. This morning it was Oscar that took us through meditation with focus on your inner-child. We were thinking about childhood memories and how they made us feel. In the end we wrote a letter to our inner-child and told her (myself) what I am grateful for. It was an interesting session that brought up some warm and happy memories and thoughts.

    Our "Rosemary experience" started at 12. We were a group of 9 dreamers (guests) and two doers (workers at Rosemary). We started with an introduction round and everybody told a bit about why they were here and what they wanted to get out of this day and their stay here. For me it is about getting better at appreciate and live in the moment, and not stress and plan to much for the future. Not always wanting something more and different, and being restless. To be able to connect more with myself and find some ways of slowing down when it get to much stress and find an inner peace.

    We did an session of meditation, and it was actually my first "real" meditation. It was focusing on giving positive feedback to yourself and to others. Love, strength and peace. Sometimes I found it hard to focus, bus I also found it very interesting and peaceful.

    We finished up before lunch with an estatic dance. This is something that is really challenging my boundaries. It is freedancing to music, letting your body move as it wants to music. Britta was leading the session, telling us to close our eyes and then taking us step by step through moving our body. Starting with the feet, the knees, the hips, and so on. It made it easier, to just focus on the parts she was telling us to do. In the end we were dancing with the whole body, moving around to the music. In the start I felt very uncomfortable with it. Dancing without alcohol is something I don't do at all, and I feel really stupid. After a while I started enjoying it so much, and just went with it. I catched myself standing on a roof smiling and moving around like an idiot - and loving it! It was such a powerful feeling to be able to step so far out of my comfort zone. But I decided before going here that I am going to be open minded and say yes and join every activity there is - and go through with it even though it is super awkward. I think this is a great way to get to know yourself better, and for selfgrowtht.

    We had delicious lunch, and then went for a hike to a lighthouse. We did some monkey-streches before the hike, and Eva talked to us about the nature and how we can be more connected to it. She encouraged us to touch and feel different things in the nature while hiking. We hiked in silence to get more impressions from the nature. The view from the lighthouse was beautiful.

    We had a connection workshop at the top, paring up two and two and changing the group sometimes. The first practice was about connecting with someone only through physical contact, and no speaking. It was a very weird and new experience for me. Usually physical contact is something I share with friends or some family members, or it is connected to sexual contact. Our personal space boundary in Norway is quite big. To be in physical contact with strangers like this was in the beginning intimidating and uncomfortable. We started with just looking into eachothers eyes for four minutes. Then we touched eachothers arms and hands while doing the eyegazing, also having our knees touching eachothers while doing this. After a while it got less intimidating, and more comfortable. We were told to send eachother the same wishes as we did in the meditation this morning. Wish the other person peace, strange and send our love. With time I felt more comfortable, safe and even cared for with just looking into someone's eyes for that amount of time.

    After this we did some active listening exercises. Asking eachother questions and listening. The questions made us reflect upon different things in our life, and it was nice. I feel more aware of what I like and don't like in my life, and what I need to do to feel more true to myself. We finished up with a meditation focusing on connecting with the nature.

    We walked down to the beach and was told to pick an object from the nature to bring with us. Something to sticks out to you, or you feel connected to. I picked a red flower that stuck out in the green forest. For me it represented the courage to be your self and follow your dreams, even though if it is following a path that is different from what is expected from you. At the beach Eva told us to make a castle in honour of ourselves, using the objects we picked. I made a sand heart with the inscription "2018" and my red flower. 2018 was the year I had the courage to do what i have been dreaming about, going out to the world alone. I guess that deserves a castle at the beach!

    We all went in to the water and played around. We had some group activities, splashing around like children. It was so much fun! I sometimes forget how much fun you can have when just letting go off your boundaries, and act like an child! I need to do more of this in my life, it is very liberating.

    We went back to the hostel and had an value session. We were reflecting upon our values and why they are important to us. In the end we had to choose some values that is the most important (core values) for us. At this point my head was so full from the day with so much activities, impressions and reflection. Still, this value session was not too hard for me, as values is something I have to reflect upon a lot in my work. I ended up with this list of what is most important to me:

    - Humanity (we all have the same value as an human being. Treat eachother with respect and love.
    - Empathy
    - Connection (friends, family, love, co-workers, loyalty, honesty, openness)
    - Authentic/Integrity (be true to yourself. Know, respect and love yourself. Freedom to be independent. Learn, evolve, explore. Self growth.)

    We had an great "family dinner" with healthy and good food. It started with one of the founders wishing everyone welcome, talking a bit about what had been going on this day, inviting us to share about the rosemary experience. I did some sharing, standing up at the table! At least talking in front of a crowd is not a problem for me, and I was happy to share.

    After dinner Britta had a connection session. This is by far the weirdest and most out of my comfort zone thing I have ever done. We were all holding hands, standing in two lines facing eachother. First we did the eyegazing again with strangers, and after some minutes you would step to the left and do the same with a new stranger. This time it felt even more uncomfortable than earlier today, bescuse it was all new people that I did not know at all. But with some deep breaths I somehow managed to calm down and be in the moment and just focus on the person in front of me. After doing this four or five times, we connected with the one in front of us by holding their hands. And wait for it - ended it all with eststic dance holding hands with the other person. This part is the strangest thing I have done. But actually I didn't find it uncomfortable at all. We hold hands, our eyes closed, and just moved together to the music. Our bodies synchronising. It was fun, and nice and caring. Ending up in big hugs and so much love!

    After this I had to go to bed. It was a very long and exhausting day, but in a good way. I felt quite overwhelmed. One day felt like a week because of so much different and meaningful activities. I did more soul-searching and boundary pushing in one day than I have done in years. I felt so happy and grateful for everything I experienced this day. I felt proud for challenging my boundries, being open, curious, sharing and being true to myself.

    In the end it is only yourself that can make you happy and decide how to spend your life. It is so important to know, respect and love yourself. We are all good enough, but we grow up in societies that sometimes makes it hard for us to feel this self acceptance and love. I know I have some work to do with being more present here and now, and be more satisfied not always wanting more. This is a good place to work on this, I will definitely stay a while to explore new sides of myself in this beautiful environment.
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Florianópolis, Florianopolis, fpolis

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