Curitiba - Coble stone streets - very nice
Trip Start Jan 12, 2008
41Trip End Jan 15, 2009
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We have just been through Curitiba (about 5 hours drive South of Sao Paulo) and we both thought it was a nice city.
As Katie was still recovering from the bug, we caught a taxi from the bus station who ended up getting a weeks wage out of us....When we arrived there, it was pretty late and the place where we were going to stay was closed. He took us to the first place - closed, we said take us here, pointing at our lonely planet guide and speaking very very poor portuguese. He took us to a place with the same name as the place we had pointed at, which was fancy pants and cost a small fortune to stay at. As we were trying to comunicate to him that he had taken us to the wrong place, he managed to find someone that spoke English who worked concierge at the ritze hotel. I ended up going through the Lonely planet guide with her, for places to stay in Curitiba whilst she rang them, to see if they were open and available (Very helpful and friendly). We ended up going to a place called Hotel O Hora which was great - had everything we needed (except a fan or air-con - but thankfully it was a surprisingly chilled temperature while we stayed there).
We had some good times walking around Curitiba, checking the place out and properly checking out the brazilian cuisine. We had these pastels which are a token Brazil food and which tasted great. We found a great resturant which served great food called Chee cheif (or something) on the main drag which we ended up eating at a few times. We didnīt get a chance to got to Morres on the Paranagua trane but we will try to do that on the way back up before catching our bus to Rio.
We booked our bus tickets from Curitiba to Rio which is an over night bus and we decided to book the Executivo (gold class) tickets because they are only R$20.00 extra and it is a good trip on executivo - last time we both pasted out it was soo comfy. Brazil is surprisingly well developed and the buses are absolutely great! Roads are sometimes a bit dicy, but mostly good enough.
The third day in Curitiba we had booked a bus to Florianopolis at 9:30am. But early that morning I started to getting a funny feeling deep in the belly. The rest of the morning, I was put to the test in the Kato detox diet - not nearly as servere as Katie though. I only had the splats, hehehe. I think whichever pills nurse Katie gave me, prevented me from carrying through with my stomaches desires to vomit, which was great. I was feeling alot better by the night time but we ended up staying in Curitiba for another night - mostly cooped up in our room.
We caught a bus down to Florianopolis (Approx 4 hours drive South) early the next morning and we are now in Lagoa da Barra (pronounced bahha) chillin on the beach and learning portuguese. Great Great Great place which I canīt wait to tell you about!
Till next time
Joe and Katie (in holiday mode) signing out