Onwards and Southwards!

Trip Start Jul 10, 2010
Trip End Nov 30, 2010

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Rio de Janeiro,
Monday, July 19, 2010

So I said goodbye to the lovely people that I've met in my hostel over the past week (including the lovely staff) and set off on a 4 hour bus ride to Paraty (pronounced 'Paratchi') which is South down the coast from Rio. The buses here in Brazil are awesome - you get a load of room, these leg rests come down from the seat in front and create a sort of bed, and the head rest is like a pillow! I think iŽll be ok doing long journeys in these buses!

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! You have to really concentrate to walk down the street without slipping off the side of the cobbles, the only benefit of which is that it is good exercise for my gammy knee!

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!
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Mum on

You write a lovely blog it is so nice to read so keep up the good work.
I am so proud of you doing this trip all on your own
Love you

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