Florianapolis, Brazil

Trip Start Feb 13, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Barra da Lagoa Hostel

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Sunday, March 4, 2007

Well Florianapolis was great.  Basically a surfers paradise.  We stayed in a small part of the island called Barra da Lagoa, really nice place, little beaches and coves and stuff, aswell as surfing.  The backpackers was on the beach, and we had to walk over a rickety old little pencil bridge to get to it.  In the evening of the first night we went down to a little stall- bar on the beach with, English and Australian Sally!  Also Irish girl called Karen, guy called Charlie and " Argentinina guys from Buenos Aires called Gaston and Nacho.  Drank yummy but lethal fruit cocktails and danced about like idiots on the beach, the argentinians trying to teach us to tango!
Next day we went to a really nice little beach just over the hill from the backpackers.  Lovely little beach, but absolutley no shade, so I sat on the rocks most of the day, and ended up having a really long conversation with Nacho about communism and the film called City od God.  In the afternoon I took out a surf board to give it a go again.  But in 2 hours I only managed to stand up once!
Had bbq in evening, then stayed in the hostel and got roped into playing kings! Always lethal.  Gemma was sensible and went to bed, I however was not.  At the hostel they have a trust system for drinks, so you just put a mark by your name on a board when you take a drink. You know its bad when you dont have anymore room next to your name!
Woke up feeling a little bit ropey.  Gemma got up and went to have a free surf lesson from Danish guy called Casper with Sonja and Ben.  I went down and met them, but after 5 minutes managed to get the full force of the board smacking into my face, and ended up with fat cut lip and sore nose.  So we went to a weigh your plate restaurant to feel better.  And then we relaxed in the hostel and watched the film City of God, really good film.  That evening started with chilled out intentions, but ended up with the entire hostel going to a club called Latitude.
On the Friday went to sit on the rocks and the Laughing Mexican that sells beads on the beach got a fishing hook stuck in his arse! Very funny, he wasnt laughing anymore though.  That afternoon we took out some kayaks and with english couple, Kate and Nick, all the way up the river to the lake.  Stopped of half way for well deserved chips and beers.  Spent the evening playing cards and poker and watching films.
Got up early on the Saturday to watch the Liverpool V ManU game, wish I hadnt bothered!
Spent the day relaxing, and had amazing weigh your plate Ice'cream.  They have loads of different types and sweets and toppings.  Great.  Played very long game of chess which I won!  Then went to catch our overnight bus to Porto Alegre.
Really liked Florianapolis, nice to just chill after very busy start to trip.
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