Trip Start Jan 29, 2007
Trip End Jun 02, 2007

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Thursday, March 8, 2007

At the risk of sounding like the peddlers roaming the streets selling electric razors and rip-off Puma socks... today you get two entries for the price of one! (Thats what a day of rest and an air-conditioned Internet cafe will do for ya.)

From the beaches of Rio we headed south in search of, well, more beaches. Another string of busses and ferries brought us to Ilhabela, an island that we soon realized was the weekend get-away of choice for many well-to-do Sao Paulistas. Though initially put off by the surprisingly high prices of pousadas and the fact that the entire island seemed to be sponsored by MasterCard (the logo was literally plastered on every single sign on the island), we befriended a helpful Spaniard who led us to the lovely- and affordable- campsite at Praia Grande, which became our truly idyllic home for the next several days. We spent the next three days snorkeling, kayaking, and taking a 4x4 across the rather perilous road across the mountainous island to the absolutely breathtaking beaches on the Atlantic side, inhabited by only a few local fishermen and a couple guys running a restaurant. As Sandro very aptly put it, "While thereŽs something so amazing about stumbling across the most beautiful place on earth completely untouched, thereŽs something that much better about stumbling across the most beautiful place on earth- with a bar."

Though iŽm sure I wonŽt conjure up too much sympathy from you folks back home, I must report that our days on the island were also marked by some rather strange afflictions on my part. Keeping true to my legacy of getting truly bizarre injuries and illnesses, I in fact got double dose this time: a blister garned from none other than the supposedly heavenly Havaiana flip-flop, which soon turned into an infection that consumed my entire left foot making walking nearly impossible, and secondly, a flash fever that woke me in the middle of the night and lasted throughout the next two days which was likely a reaction from one of the thousands of bites i got from any number of rare island bugs. Anyway, just letting you know that IŽm doing my duty of scouring out the most rare and bizarre reaction/rash/infection to be found on this continent.

Unfortunately this will become something of the Dark Ages of our trip (The Time During Which We Had No Digital Camera) and therefore weŽll get no pictures until we get home and develop the disposable camera we bought to fill the gap. (How quaint! Remember when we all had to wait to develop pictures, and had to make plans before leaving the house, and watch TV shows when they were actually on...) Problem now averted since, as Sandro mentioned, we ventured into Paraguay today to take advantage of their cheap electonrics, and even made it back into Brazil without having to pay taxes on our purchase, thanks to Sandro and his continuously convenient Italian heritage!

As I told my mom today, we only get to write a fraction of what we would like to say on here, as Internet cafes are not exactly conducive to long-winded ramblings and thoughtful musings. Though we still have almost three months left, we already canŽt wait to get home to share the rest with you and catch up with how you all are faring in your own adventures. Lots of love to you all.
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