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... different hostels either side of our trip to Gramado. Both were cold (at least the second one had a heater), and not very well maintained. But we didn't spend a lot of time in them anyway so it was ok.
We took a boat trip with our friend Carolina, out into the river (lake) and around some quite large islands nearby, where rich people have mansions. Neither rich or poor is immune to the river bursting its banks ...
Today I was given the chance to play football with some brazilians - not something I had expected, as shown by my lack of appropriate clothing - but is one of those things that has to be done to make a trip to brazil complete.
We arrived in Porto Alegre this morning, on the end of our first overnight bus journey where Gen was pleasantly surprised by the large seats that recline almost the whole way. Not sure how much she slept though - I was passed out for ...
... after implementing the program, the percentage of the city covered with proper sewer connections rose from 75% to 98%. Hence we went to talk to the secretary of the town hall and learnt a lot more about this program. The following day, the international relations office of the town hall offered to show us around an a housing project that was created through this participatory budget system.
... waterfall, and the views all around were so breathtaking that this wet but incredible experience made our first glimpse of the falls seem laughably underwhelming. Fearing for our cameras, we scurried back to the relative dryness of the main trail and soggily trudged along the rest of it, somewhat regretting not having bought the full-length rain ponchos that were on offer as we noticed how much drier everybody else seemed to be. We emerged out of the trees some time later and headed ...
... a very distinct mixture of sadness for leaving South Africa, a place where both of us feel at home and ending this fantastic voyage of discovery (both geographical and personal), and expectation at arriving in Porto Alegre, our chosen final destination. On arrival there was certainly the feeling of familiarity and belonging but, especially for Elis, there was also the feeling of being a foreigner in her own country. Nevertheless, besides all else we are happy to be ...
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