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  • Day40

    Itajai, Brazil

    February 12, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    Well, it’s our first stop in Brazil. It’s sort of drizzly and warm and humid enough that our glasses keep steaming up! Whenever we get off the ship in port, we are always thinking about what to see and do here. We often look around to see what other people are doing and where they’re headed. So we see a large gathering of people taking photos and chattering excitedly. We didn’t realize that the excitement was all about our ship being there! Oh well, I guess we have to make our own good time.
    This is a nice port because it’s what we call a “real life” port. It is not based on tourism and we are a small enough ship that we blend in easily with the people who live here. We had a good long walk and
    got a chance to see some Brazilian everyday life.
    We also had the chance to go in a local grocery store, which is one of our favorite things to do. There was a full aisle on both sides of sausages! Meat-eaters reign!
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  • Day142

    Florianopolis

    February 11 in Brazil ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    Als Surfmetropole und liebster Urlaubsort der Argentinier ist Florianopolis oder wie es hier genannt wird Floripa mein letzter Stopp auf meiner Reise, durch Mittel- und Südamerika. Einerseits geht diese Reise viel zu früh zuende, anderseits wird es auch langsam wieder Zeit in die Realität zurück zu kehren.
    Von Foz do Iguaçu bin ich mit dem ersten Nachtbus meines Lebens nach Florianópolis gefahren. Ganze 15h hat die Fahrt gedauert, von denen ich aber fast 9h geschlafen habe. Ich hatte Leito gebucht, bei dem ich einen sehr großen Sitz bekommen habe der sich du einen beinahe flachen Bett zurückfahren ließ. Ich muss echt sagen: Die bequemste Busfahrt meines Lebens!
    Einmal in Floripa angekommen ging es ins The Search House Hostel. Ein frisch renoviertes Hostel, dass an alles gedacht hat was sich der Traveller nur wünschen kann. Außerdem ein Beachfronthostel mit direktem Strandzugang. Die Leute dort waren alle super nett und zugänglich. Ich habe vor allem viel mit Mathew aus San Diego, Californien unternommen. Wir hatten absolut den gleichen Humor und haben nicht allzu selten die Leute um uns herum damit amüsiert. Mit Mathew habe ich auch meine erste Surfstunde genommen. Ich habe zwar keine Welle bekommen, dafür hat es unglaublich Spaß gemacht! Am Tag danach habe ich sogar zwei Wellen alleine bekommen. Die nächsten Tage werde ich mir auf jeden Fall nochmal ein Brett leihe und versuchen ein paar Wellen zu bekommen.
    Für die nächsten Paar Tage habe ich mir ein AirBnB genommen um nach viel zu vielen Hostels endlich mal wieder ein bisschen Privatsphäre und Zeit für mich zu haben und einige Sachen zu reflektieren. Sachen der Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft, die ich viel zu lange vor mir hingeschoben habe. Das wird jetzt in Begleitung mit Yoga, Meditation und viel Zeit am Strand angegangen.
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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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  • Day15

    Blumenau (Brasilien)

    November 8, 2019 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Kein Bock mehr auf Südamerika, zurück nach Deutschland 🇩🇪

    Aufgrund einer kleinen Schlechtwetterfront haben wir uns entschieden ins Landesinnere nach Blumenau - einer alten deutschen Kolonie - zu fahren. Das Oktoberfest ist gerade vorbei, aber die deutschen Einflüsse lassen sich hier nicht leugnen. Alle Kellnerinnen sind blond und Steffi fällt hier auch nicht auf. Meine Haut ist ausnahmsweise nicht die hellste.

    Das Essen ist leider ernüchternd und nicht halb so gut wie in Deutschland aber das Bier dafür vielfältig und ausreichend.

    Man sieht aber auch hier wieder, dass der Rest der Welt Deutschland eher mit Bayern, Bier und Dirndln in Verbindung bringt. Es ist ein Ort, der definitiv nicht in mein Bild von Südamerika passt. 🤣

    Unser Gastgeber im Hotel war super niedlich und stolz auf deutsche Besucher in seinem Haus und war vollkommen begeistert, dass wir tatsächlich Teile der gleichen Traditionen haben, aber verdutzt als wir ihm erzählt haben, dass nicht jeder Dirndl trägt und in einem Fachwerkhaus wohnt.
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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

    Florianopolis

    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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