Why do things the easy way?

Trip Start Nov 07, 2006
Trip End Apr 26, 2007

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Monday, January 22, 2007

Whenever I decide to move on the problems start. The reason is usually that I don`t want to follow the standard route and always figure that I could see more if only I did things my way.  Today I thought that Paranagua down on the coast would be worth a visit so the following steps were necessary;

1) Book a hostel; easy; the HI has one there and as I`m staying an HI here in Curitiba they can book it for me. They do that and I`ve get a booking there, it is in the dormitory. The memories of the early 1950`s dormitories in the YMCA and youth hostels haunt me still, let us hope that things have changed over the past half century.

2) Try to book the train; find it leaves at 08.15 but does not allow backpacks so I try the bus. With the aid of numerous gestures I obtain a ticket.
3) They talk about scenic train ride and say the views are spectacular so I try to book it for the return trip. I`m informed that it is from a place called Morretes rather than Paranagua and it arrives back at Curitiba at 18,00.  I book it anyway trusting that I can get to Morretes station somehow.

4) I need to arrange for somewhere to bed down on my return; no that would be too straight forward, I decide to take a sleeper coach to Foz instead. A move that will save me a nights lodgings and get me near the border of Argentina. Staying in Brazil is messing my budget up as both hotels/hostels and coach fares are expensive compared to the rest of South America.
All I wanted to do was to go on the train to view the fantastic mountain ride. such is my planning, things are so fluid,--- it`s great being me at times like this!
A note on my `complaint`regarding the lack of fish when eating at the mall; I found one of the many food outlets was a KILO cafe where trays of assorted foods are laid out like a buffet, you just select what you fancy and they weigh it up so you only pay for whatever you`ve selected. Here the food is often cooked in a light batter, they do label it all but in Portuguese, it might as well be in Chinese for me and apart from the shape it all looks the same. Tonight I found that I had pork, potato, cod, some other fish, pineapple, a type of dumpling and banana, all frittered, it was a good meal.

Should you not hear from me after the 25th. then it will probably be because Im still walking from Paranagua to Morretes and nowhere near an Internet cafe.
Sorry if my blogging is getting a bit much but without Vera and Lisa I have plenty of time on my hands and am able to do all sorts of things;---but I really do miss them. 

 Peter T.

(For those travelers who are trying to budget their trip the costs are, bus to Paranagua 16rs., the train trip back 17rs., dorm` accommodation at the HI Continente-- 17rs.per night, the sleeper coach to Foz a whacking 172rs.the meal with Coke was 9rs.)
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