Onwards and Southwards!
Trip Start Jul 10, 2010
24Trip End Nov 30, 2010
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The scenery on the way down the coast was very dramatic - winding roads following the coastal verges around huge lush mountains covered in jungle-like vegetation. Paraty is just as gorgeous, a little coastal Colonial town with beautiful buildings - and every tree is smothered in dangling vines like something from a deep south American movie. It is quite old-fashioned and people ride around in horse and carts, which you can hear from all around because the streets in the centre are all cobblestone - and I'm not talking Coronation Street here! Rita and Norris would definately break a hip here on these badboys
My hostel is right opposite a small and beautiful beach in a tiny bay, which is so idyllic I couldn't quite believe it when I arrived! Apparently there is a party on the beach tonight, so I might pop down there. I've been to the local supermarket to get some food (always an interesting experience with my basic Portuguese and even worse charades skills!) I bumped into a British couple that I met in Rio last week, so I might meet them for a drink later. I cooked some pasta back at the hostel - the cooking utensils are extremely old and barely useful but I need to get used to cooking in and saving some money - otherwise my travel budget will dwindle extremely quickly!
Today on the beach I saw a guy motoring around the sky on a powered paraglider - basically a big parachute thing with a massive living room fan attached! He sailed around in the sky over the beach and drew quite a few curious stares. This town is beautiful - I walked up the hill behind the hostel and around the bay to an old battlement. The view from there in the midday sun is definately something I wont forget in a while.
I've met a couple of Irish girls in my hostel who are really friendly - they encouraged me to join the hostel on a night out in the town. Who knew that such a sleepy looking little town would have a nightclub?! We threw some very dodgy looking shapes, rebuffed the advances of some terribly suspect looking men, and then went back to the hostel to sleep. I say sleep, but between the snores of the 3 men in my hostel room and the fact that the reception (handily situated right outside my hostel room door) kicks off the music at around 8am, I didn't get the most restful night!
My next stop is Sao Paulo - one of the biggest commercial cities in the world. Gulp!