Day 239 - Ilha Grande

Trip Start Sep 02, 2007
Trip End May 01, 2008

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Monday, April 28, 2008

We were delighted to see that sun was shining again when we got up, so after breakfast we headed to the port to buy tickets for the boat ride over to Lopez Mendes beach again.

Katie took the 09:30 boat out while I bought tickets for the 11:30 so that I could break the back of the blog after a few (lovely) days off!

(There is no way that I'm letting the blog slide off schedule at this late stage after keeping on top of it for 238 days straight!)

After uploading most of the photos I wanted onto the Blog and Facebook (which might soon be rebranded "Feysbook" based on my usage of it), I took this photo of the view outside the window.
This must be one of the most picturesque views ever seen from an internet cafe?!

Internet view

After updating the blog for the last few days I had just enough time and money to buy some fruit, sandwiches, crisps, water and a couple of nice cold Brahmas for our lunch.

The journey over was spectacular, helped by the fact that a younger Anna Kournikova look-a-like was sitting opposite me!

Boat 2 

She wasn't the only attractive scenery to admire though...


After landing at the same place as the other day and the 30 minute walk, I walked out onto this amazing beach again and soon found Katie right in the middle of it, baking in the sun!

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We had lunch, did some sunbathing and then went to frolic in the sea; this is definitely the best beach on the island for doing that.

LM 1 

There wasn't a cloud in the sky but it wasn't too unbearably hot, it must get really warm here in the peak summer months.

LM 2

When we got into the water I showed Katie all the wave games that I'd made up to amuse myself over the previous days, like the little kid I still love to be sometimes!
She gamely joined in and we laughed our heads off, almost as if we'd been travelling the world for the last 8 months or something... ;)

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We tried our best to remember this perfect day considering that in a matter of hours we would be back in London, heavily in debt, jobless or working stupid hours, stressed, poluted and generally miserable!

LM 4

I think we succeeded in enjoying right now and our big wet hug before walking back to our towels was one of my favourite moments of our trip.
We've had an amazing adventure as we've made our way around the world and we love each other more now than ever, which is very cool considering that we've been in each other's faces and back pockets for the last 240 odd consecutive days!

I was intrigued to see how quickly we would dry out by just lying on our towels, it felt like a natural version of those super-fast Dyson hand dryers you find in expensive restaurants!

LM 7 

After drying off I went for another jog down to the end of the beach and back (it was absolutely bloody scorchio!) before throwing myself into the water again to cool down.

We were sad to leave but eventually had to walk back to the boat and we saw some REALLY cute TINY monkeys hopping around in the trees on the trail. 

LM 6 

When we got onto the boat we really enjoyed our last journey back into port and wondered what to do for our last night.

Watching the sunset from the boat was spectacular, again we really tried to appreciate it.

LM 8

For dinner we tried a place on the beach which was incredibly busy, in fact too much so.

We still hadn't been given a menu after sitting down for about 10 minutes and none of the other people served before us even had any food on their tables, so we bailed and went to find somewhere else less busy.

Eventually we settled on a pizza place over by the church, which was still busy but nothing like the last place.

When we were served by the waiter we had a really awkward conversation which was totally confusing for all of us!

The best bit was when Katie ordered a cup of house wine. The conversation went something like this...

Katie - "Uma copa de vino por favore senhor"
Waiter - "Chinto?"
Katie - "Errrr.... tinto (red) por favore"
Waiter - "Chinto?"
Katie - "Errr... si, tinto"
(Waiter walks off, then comes back)
Waiter - "Suavee?"
Katie - "Errrr... disculpe?" (pardon?)
Waiter - "Suavee?"
Katie - "Errrr... what does that mean Al?"
Al - "No idea, maybe 'smooth'?"
Katie (to me) - "Smooth wine?! Maybe it means sweet?"
Katie (to waiter) - "Dulce (sweet in Spanish) es Suavee, senhor?!"
Waiter - "Dulce?!?!"
Katie - "Si, dulce?"
Waiter - "Una dulce chinto?!"
Katie - "Nao senhor, NO dulce... 'Chinto' por favore"
(Waiter leaves, looking thoroughly confused)

Essentially Katie asked for a red wine, but we had no idea what "suavee" meant. She tried to ascertain if it was Portugeuse for "sweet", but it looked like she's completely confused the poor guy.

In the end she gave up and just asked him for whatever he offered her at the beginning, which was hopefully a regular red wine!

What ACTUALLY happened was that the waiter must have thought that this stupid English woman wanted the red wine SWEETENED, so he added liquid sugar to it!

So as you can imagine, Katie was absolutely DELIGHTED when he brought a nice large glass of red wine to her, because she was expecting the worst. Maybe she'd managed to order what she wanted after all!

However, as soon as she took a swig I thought she was going to throw up ! I've never heard anyone say "Eugh, that is absolutely DISGUSTING!" quite so loudly in a restaurant before!

I was absolutely mortified, until she made me taste it. It was either the worst wine that has ever been made in the history of time, or it was a very average red wine sweetened with liquid sugar.

Katie couldn't BELIEVE that anyone would EVER add sugar to wine, but I tried to tell her that continually repeating the word for "sweet" in Spanish probably wasn't the most sensible thing in the world...

Katie had absolutely no intention of struggling through the glass so she ordered a glass of beer which caused the waiter to look at her like she was the biggest alcoholic on the planet!

We'd both made slight alterations to our chosen pizzas (Katie asked them to remove the ham, I asked to remove the RANK cream cheese stuff which seems so prevalent here), but after the wine debacle we had no confidence in getting what we'd ordered... 

The waiter also seemed confused by the sizes that we ordered, so it felt a bit like waiting for the lottery numbers to be announced! What main course were we going to get?!

We definitely felt that our remarkable string of great dinners in Brazil was coming to an end, one way or another...

I had the feeling that if the guy gave Katie a pizza with ham on it she would probably cry or walk off, or both, but either way I suspected that it wouldn't be good... 

Miraculously, both pizzas arrived exactly as we wanted them and both were actually very tasty!

After finishing our pizzas we got the hell out of there before we caused the waiter to be committed.
On the way home Katie ordered a chocolate & banana crepe while I went somewhere else for some acai.

Katie claims that this was the best pancake she's ever had in her life, something about the chocolate being melted right in front of her and it being some sort of gastronomic delight...

As we passed a ticket office which was in the process of closing we quickly bought tickets for the 07:30 boat back to the mainland, which seemed very expensive but the boat looked nicer that then one we took over here, plus we didn't have time to mess around. 

As we approached our pousada we saw a big old crab scuttling in and out of the water, check out the size of his claw! Move over Jim Carey...


When we got back to our room we were very sad to be leaving this beautiful island, but knew that we had to pack and be ready for our early departure tomorrow morning.

Lots of love,

Al & Katie xx
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