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Thursday, September 6, 2007

We arrived in Parati on Wednesday after a 4.5 hr bus trip from Rio. The bus was extremely comfortable! But we have been advised not to get too used to it as once we hit bolivia, they are pretty dodgy.

Parati is a beautiful little tourist town that has been here for hundreds of years. It has cobble stoned streets, some of which are closed to traffic, with lots of little stores & cute restaurants to look at. The town is very popular with people from Rio & Sao Paulo who come here for weekends & in the summer.

We explored the town & had some lunch in a little cafe ... then bumped into some of our tour group & sat down by the wharf having a cerveja (beer) while a little man in a cafe next door played his guitar & sang brazilian songs. It was pretty relaxing!

We had dinner as a group that evening at a Thai place ... the only one well visit in the whole of south america, so it had to be done! They had Pad Thai on the menu ... but we couldnt bring ourselves to order it, since it would have cost AUD20.00 ... you would never pay that much at home! It was a little overpriced for what you got, but the richer people come here for holidays, so I guess they can charge that much and people will pay. After dinner we went to a little bar by the park & were entertained by a crazy local dude called Dennis who makes a living out of making hats out of coconut leaves, so it seemed.

Today was awesome. We had a big old style yacht to ourselves, the weather was beautiful, there was a musician on board who sang in portugese (even sang `I just called to say I love you by stevie wonder mostly in portugese!), and the water was ... refreshing! We stopped in about 4 different places &  they fed us a beautiful lunch ... Im not trying to rub it in, these are the facts, people!!! We were out on the boat for about 6 hours ... so Im a little darker than before & still feel like Im on the boat ... I will never, ever get my sea legs! We have no set agenda for the rest of the evening, a light dinner & early bed, as we are heading to Sao Paulo tomorrow ... a 7 hour bus ride ... and its a public holiday tomorrow so the town will be pumping!
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