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  • Day72

    Porto Alegre

    March 11 in Brazil ⋅ 🌙 25 °C

    Some of the acquaintances I made during my travels in Brazil are having their home in Porto Alegre. Lina and Marina were two of those cool people I met on the beach in Florianópolis.

    I stayed in a modern apartment in the middle of Porto Alegre aka. the place with the worlds best sunsets. I was spoiled with delicious cakes, dinners, Netflix, super enjoyable conversations and doubtlessly stunning sunsets.

    Thank you Marina and Lina for this absolutely unforgettable time and the best birthday I could have imagined. 🎂
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  • Day139

    Puerto Alegre - Retrouvaille à 7

    April 4, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Aujourd’hui est un jour de fête, les 4 gringos nous rejoignent pour 3 semaines de folie. Ils arrivent à 11h45 à l’aéroport international d’Alegre. Nous sommes pressés de les voir, de nouvelles têtes, ça met toujours du piment dans un voyage, non pas que l’on en peuve plus d’être à 3 😊. Nous sommes donc à l’heure pour les accueillir, ils sont tous habillés en mode vacance sauf Guillaume qui est lui en mode french style ! Nous partons rejoindre notre hôtel avant de sortir pour y visiter la ville, où plutôt enchainer les pintes dans un pub local, temple du football avec plus d’une centaine d’écharpes d’équipe au plafond.Read more

  • Day29

    porto alegre

    May 14, 2017 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Day three
    The conference.

    We were asked to be in the lobby of the hotel by 7:45 to get the mini bus to the conference venue. By 8:15 we were all herded on to it and we made the journey to the private university in about 20 minutes.
    The university was opposite a school and I was surprised to see a guard on the gates at the entrance to the school.
    Although it was technically the easter holiday the university was still thronged with students. We had been assigned a young man called Clairton to help us organise Paul's talk on the technical side. He explained that easter monday was not officially a holiday although Friday would be a public holiday.
    Paul was anxious to get to know how the technology was to be organised so we went into their palatial staff room and uploaded his talk onto a computer there.
    At the appointed time, everyone settled into the room and the conference began.
    Two hours of portuguese introduction and speeches without a working translation head-set was somewhat tedious, but as there was supposed to be a coffee break at 10:30 we stuck it out.
    As time went by it became clear that this interval was not going to happen.
    Finally after listening to a talk (in English) by Mike from Bristol, we snuck out to use the loo and find Clairton to get Paul's talk set up in the mission control at the back of the auditorium.
    Clairton reassured Paul as did the technicians there and we were first in the queue for a meal in the student canteen for lunch.
    It was noisy and full of people so we didn't linger. Paul was first on after lunch. He asked for the monitor to be moved on the stage as it was not in the right place to be seen by the speaker. He was due on at 2 pm.
    His talk was brilliant and well received, he appeared relaxed and in control, but the technology involved in the point and click mechanism for changing slides seemed to be sporadically faulty and it became clear as the day progressed that this would be an issue for all the speakers.
    After Paul, a Japanese Brazilian gave a talk about wild animals and pain, he was helping very elderly lions and other damaged creatures with nerve blocks and surgery.
    He spoke of animals having "souls" and was extremely dedicated to their recovery, such that he felt he had to intervene if at all possible which seemed to me to be debatable in some cases where the animal was nearly moribund with old age symptoms.
    After him was another Brazilian talking about the ethics of pain relief in farm animals or production animals as he liked to allude to them. This was interesting because in contrast to the previous speaker he had a pragmatic approach to the welfare of animals on the one hand and their commercial use on the other.
    After an interval with a one press coffee machine and some ropy biscuits as the only refreshment, there was a round table discussion with Professor Paul having many questions asked of him.
    I was amused by a young girl who had asked to have a photo taken with Professor Paul during the interval and was sure one of the questions was from her.
    The final speaker was a young man who was trying to sort out the stray dog population around a university campus nearby. We returned to the hotel by 7 pm. A long day and with no water for the delegates at all. The human welfare at the Animal welfare conference was decidedly lacking. We had a beer with a few of the speakers, and then had supper on our own and an early night.
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  • Day29

    Porto Alegre

    May 14, 2017 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Day 4 - second visit to Botanical Gardens.
    It was a beautiful dawn. We breakfasted and were in a taxi by eight.The taxi driver was Marcel - he was the product of an Italian father and German mother - not unusual in this part of Brazil as there is a huge immigrant population from both of these parts of Europe,
    He drove us to the botanical gardens while giving us his life story and his ambition to go to London to live later this year.
    We were dropped off and had a thoroughly lovely day with the birds, mostly on our own as the school party only ventured to the obvious places and there were some photography students on an assignment who were respectful of the place and of us..
    After a morning of quiet enjoyment and photography we went to the "snack bar" for lunch. We had some fish with rice and beans. Very tasty. When we went to pay for it, we were informed that it was the worker's canteen and therefore all free. Later we paid for an ice cream there as were feeling guilty.
    We whats apped Marcel when we were ready to be picked up and he brought us back to the hotel via a pharmacy for some face wipes. He took us back via his Dad's house and we met his Dad. He and his family (extended) all lived in what I took to be a very middle class area away from the favelas in the city and they all lived in the same street.
    We got back to the hotel and processed photos, later we dined with two other vets who didn't want to go to the gaucho restaurant tourist trap with the rest of the speakers.
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  • Day95


    April 8, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Spent 6 hours in Chuy, and that was more than enough. The boarder town is popular for tax-free shopping.

    1,5 hour too late the bus to Florianopolis arrived at the boarder, and I was so ready to enter it and get some sleep. Hanging out in Chuy us definitely not a exciting experience.Read more

  • Day137

    Punta del diablo - Passage au Bresil

    April 2, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    Après deux petites semaines passées en Uruguay il est temps pour nous de passer la frontière et atteindre le Brésil. Nous rendons le logement airbnb et remercions chaleureusement Louis pour son accueil, ça restera une belle rencontre et une anecdote sympa au sujet du match. Nous avons 6h de route avant d’arriver au prochain stop, il nous restera 2h le lendemain pour rejoindre Puerto Alegre et rejoindre les autres. On passe la frontière sans embûche, nos brésiliens ont l’air moins tatillon que les chiliens ou les argentins. N’étant pas de bonne heure on décide de faire escale au Mc Donald pour faire le plein de graisse, 2 gros sandwich chacun (pas bien). On dormira le soir dans un spot miteux en plein cœur d’une petite ville, pressé de rejoindre les autres le lendemain.Read more

  • Day0

    In Porto Alegre

    April 15, 2017 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    We were not allowed to walk unaccompanied due to the high crime rate, so were advised to take a taxi to the nearby park for a walk on our arrival.
    A market was set up along the road peripheral to the park. It was a few stalls selling mostly baskets, jewellery and pineapples. We were hungry, so lunched in the vegetarian equivalent of Greggs (£3 for two pasties filled with cheese and kale).
    In the park there were a few birds, a turtle and several stoned locals, one of whom seemed to be washing his smalls in the carp pond in the Japanese garden.
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Rio Grande do Sul, RS, Río Grande del Sur

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