Winter rain washes away the fun

Trip Start Jun 15, 2007
Trip End Aug 31, 2007

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HI Gramado Hostel

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Florianópolis couldīve been fun but unfortunately the weather is just so horrible with the clouds and the rain that it wasnīt worth it. Beaches arenīt that amazing when it rains all the time. Everyone in the hostel was getting ready to head off to their next location as well. Some English girls I met decided to skip the rest of Floripa and Porte Alegre and went straight to Foz de Iguaįu. An Irishman went to Montevideo. Iīm on my way toward Montevideo, but I wanted to break up the long trip with a stop in Brasil, so I went to Gramado, a nice touristic Swiss-styled village. Because the south of Brasil is where so many immigrants came in the early 20th century, these towns are filled with Germans and Swiss and Italians and even Japanese closer to São Paulo. Itīs interesting because I was a bit sleepy this morning walking through the town and I totally forgot that I was in Brazil. It felt very much like the forest near the Zapadne Tatras because of all the pine trees and the style of the houses. The bus arrived way earlier than expected so I had to wait until tourist info opened and then afterwards I caught the bus to the hostel. And it was very interesting how the hostel employees were much more helpful than the ones at the tourist office. Thereīs a few nice parks close by like the Canyon and the Waterfall, but with the weather as it is, itīs likely not worth it. And really canīt enjoy the gaucho country either because itīs too cold for all that. So Iīll just head to Montevideo tomorrow with a little stop in Porte Alegre as well since itīs likely another overnight bus. Iīve been doing a lot of those, probably about 1/3 of my nights have been on one since I got out of Iguazu. I guess itīs better than trying to travel by day and then spend a hostel night as well. At least I have a blanket to keep me warm on the bus trips.

Overall, Gramado is cute, like a little ski chalet town. However, thereīs no snow and just rain, so itīs not too much. Still better than having been on a bus for 26 hrs for Montevideo straight though.
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