Ouro Preto

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  • Day12

    Ouro Preto

    November 7 in Brazil

    We decided to move away from the coast to explore the state of Minas Gerias. Unfortunately the bus schedules and sheer size of this country (places that look right next to each other are an 8 hours bus ride away!) meant we only had time to visit one town, so we settled on Ouro Preto. Whereas Paraty was where gold was transported to enrich Portugal, Ouro Prero was a town where it was mined.

    It's a beautiful place that even the rain couldn't diminish and we spent most of our time wandering the streets. Now this is harder than it sounds, as at every turn there was a steep hill to content with - a great work out for the thighs!

    We also visited a mine, which despite the tour being in Portuguese was very entertaining. Mainly for Kat, as I struggled to get through the tiny passageways. They clearly didn't have miners over 6ft with dodgy knees...

    On our second day we were due to get the night bus to Sampa so had the day to explore further. However it was raining heavily and the hostel kindly let us keep our room all day. So... travel planning day it is! Also tight purse-strings Kat had done the maths and we were at risk of needing to re-mortgage the flat if we continued to spend at the current rate, so I wasn't even allowed lunch. Thank god that hostel offered a free breakfast!

    Just as we were about to head of to the bus station the owner asked if we were getting a taxi, no way Kat would allow that expenditure, so he offered us a lift in his car. I'm loving this Brazilian hospitality!
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  • Day9

    Up the cobblestone hills

    March 30 in Brazil

    It took me one bus, two planes and a shuttle to get to the colonial town of Ouro Preto, but ur was worth every second. It is just exactly the kind of town I like: small with cute houses, hills, cobblestoned alleys, a lot of culture and great restaurants.
    Together with Nicolás, an Argentinean from the hostel, I added various kilometers and god knows how many churches to the count. My hiking shoes do serve me well here.Read more

  • Day10

    Semana Santa celebrations

    March 31 in Brazil

    If you have looked at the map of this trip, you might be wondering why I took the long trip to Ouro Preto, which definitely is not just "on the way". The answer is: because of the holy week. Leaving alone that I didn't want to spend Easter on an overcrowded beach full of drunk and a little intrusive Brazilian machos (just my very prejudicial expectation), I had also read that Ouro Preto was the best place in Brazil this time of the year.
    The official Semana Santa agenda, though not even close to including everything that is going on, includes numbers of processions, services, liturgies, orchestrations and other Easter traditions.
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