Santa Catarina

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  • Day40

    Itajai, Brazil

    February 12 in Brazil

    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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  • Day44

    São Francisco do Sul

    November 4, 2016 in Brazil

    Na Paraguay zijn we nog 1 nachtje in Foz do Iguaçu, maar helaas waren de plannen dus in het water (ge)vallen. De dag dus een beetje in het hostel gehangen en in de middag moesten we al weer door met de nachtbus richting de São Francisco do Sul.

    Het hoge reistempo van de laatste weken gaf ons inspiratie tot weer even helemaal niets doen en waar kan je dat beter doen dan op het strand. Bij aankomst was het nog erg bewolkt en we hebben deze tijd dan ook gebruikt om de volgende bestemming alvast te boeken en de administratie bij te werken. Die avond hebben we ook ons 3-jarig jubileum gevierd zoals jullie in de vorige post hadden gelezen.

    Over de dagen erna kunnen we vrij kort zijn. De zon was gelukkig weer gaan schijnen en dus hebben we bijna niets anders gedaan dan uitslapen en op het mooie grote strand liggen. Natuurlijk was Robert de eerste dag weer wat overmoedig en nam een mooie rode kleur mee van het strand, maar wat rood is wordt vanzelf bruin. Cultuurbarbaren als we zijn, vonden we dat we toch ook wel iets van het historische centrum moesten zien. Op een bewolkte ochtend zijn, hebben we de bus dan toch maar naar het stadje genomen. Het stadje zelf lag er een beetje verlaten bij, maar ons bezoek is wel beloond met een groep dolfijnen in de baai!

    Het zuiden van Brazilië staat bekend om zijn mooie stranden dus we kunnen het natuurlijk niet laten om nog meer stranden te bezoeken, maar hierover later meer!
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  • Day51


    November 11, 2016 in Brazil

    Floripa - Floris No Polis - Florianópolis is onze voorlopig laatste bestemming in Brazilië. Dit is een 'eiland' voor de kust van Brazilië. Tussen haakjes, want om van de ene kant naar de andere te komen, zat je gewoon heerlijk 2 uur in de bus.

    Ons doel was om op Floripa zo weinig mogelijk te doen en dat is best goed gelukt!
    De stranden zijn hier allemaal super mooi, wit en breed. Als we nu ook nog zouden kunnen surfen was het plaatje compleet. We hebben het echter bij bodyboards gehouden.

    Omdat het eiland zo groot is, zijn we naar 2 verschillende hostels gegaan en het bleken achteraf ook nog eens 2 uiterste van elkaar te zijn. De ene eco (GroenLinks als we zijn), goed georganiseerd en schoon. De ander een 'sport' hostel, maar dan voor surfers en skaters bleek achteraf. Niet helemaal ons ding om de hele dag al blowend bij de halfpipe te hangen, dus we zijn veel op pad geweest.

    Bijvoorbeeld zijn we een middag naar een strand gegaan waar je alleen kan komen na een uur hiken over een berg. Even doorbijten, maar onze beloning was dan ook een prachtig leeg strand!

    Brazilië heeft ons enorm veel moois laten zien en aan het einde van de reis komen we hier natuurlijk nog terug om Rio te gaan zien!
    Stiekem hebben we vooral wel zin om naar Uruguay te gaan. We beginnen hier met Spaanse les om ons eindelijk een beetje verstaanbaar te kunnen maken.

    ¡Hasta luego!
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  • Day22

    Day 4 - Florianopolis

    April 24, 2017 in Brazil

    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

    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

    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 in Brazil

    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

    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 in Brazil

    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 in Brazil

    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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