Just off to the Western hemisphere. Back September

Trip Start May 05, 2011
Trip End Sep 08, 2011

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Sitting at my desk on a bright, sunny day in Chipping Norton, a few thoughts immediately hit me:

1) It is currently remarkably good weather. And I'm off to the South America during their winter. Well, dang. At least I can be comforted by the thought of the cruel precipitation that will no doubt mar the British summer.

2) As I was fond of saying, aged 3: 'I'm running away - and this time I mean it!'

3) On the subject of running away - I don't do anything by halves. Brazil, here we come.

4) I currently know 0% of the Brazilian Portuguese language. But I do know about 0.2% of the Vietnamese language. I'm hoping that they're essentially the same.

5) Once I've finished packing, my room may actually be tidy. For about four months. Shame I won't be here to enjoy it.

6) Packing drives me insane. I loose all lucidity and meaning.

7) Snargle. btrebt.

8) I'm essentially ready. How freaky is that? I'll tell you how freaky: not really that freaky. What is freaky is that people keep unsettling me by acting surprised and unnerved that I'm off in 3 days. Hope they don't know something I don't...

And so I'm off! On what promises to be a great adventure. This trip will take in many of the best bits of South America: I fly to Rio de Janeiro, and then I saunter down the coast, to Ihla Grande, Sao Paulo, cheekily fly off into the Amazon, and then return to continue this epic arc. And that's just the beginning. I intend to see Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, and then all the best that the US of A and Canada have to offer. I'll be wowed by a fireworks festival in Vancouver, and (assuming I live to tell the tale) I'll be partying for a week at the Burning Man Arts Festival in the middle of the Nevada Desert. To say I'm excited is to dip slightly into understatement.

I hope you'll all be able to follow me on my travels, wherever I go. Any tips on things to see, or places to eat, will of course be much appreciated. But...perhaps just for today...I'm off to enjoy the summer sun in Chipping Norton. Will write soon!
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Rene on

I used to tell people I was going to run away when I was three, only I actually did it and set off down the A563 with a bag of sandwiches and a wooden pull along ducky on a string. Got about five miles before my Mum realised I'd gone.

Brazil's a lot further away, but as you're not hampered by a wheel bound toy on rough terrain, I reckon you should make it ok. Have a wonderful time!

Daniel on

Sounds incredible.

The Rio to Sao Paulo track is the old 'Caminho Real', Royal Route or golden trail, trilha dourada, used both by the slaves to carry coffee from the plantations to Rio and by the monarchy en route from Paraty to Rio (via Angra do Reis, Bay of Kings - where Ilha Grande is located).

Definitely worth spending 1 night at Paraty if your doing the bus journey from Rio to Sao Paulo.

Also, don't forget Iguacu Falls, Foz de Iguacu if you're doing Argentina and Brazil!

Final suggestion - a flight from Sao Paulo to the Amazon, amazon to Salvador, Bahia and then Salvador back to Sao Paulo? Gives you a taste of arguably the most Brazilian city of all. x

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