Tagged: Brazil 2014

Popayán: My Hatred of Mass Tourism

Popayán: My Hatred of Mass Tourism

Popayán: My Hatred of Mass Tourism. July 8. Selfish girls piss me off.  Well, selfish guys piss me off too but a selfish girl is more selfish than a selfish guy.  She seems to expect more.  When the football game has begun and you come to the hostel to meet your friend and I so that we can hurry and get to a television to watch the game and you show up late, make us wait longer so that you...

Iguazu Falls/Cataratas de Iguazú, Argentina

Iguazu Falls – Argentina/Brazil/Paraguay

March 21 A MONSTER of a day.  Irmante and I decided to head to the Argentinean side of Iguazu Falls.  We took two new friends with us who, one of which we stole form the hostels expensive ‘tour package’ and we made our own adventure to figure out how to get to Argentina to see the waterfalls from there.  The hostel agreed to store our luggage, and the four of us adventured off, with some semi-informed instructions of an Israeli...

Foz do Iguaçu

Foz do Iguaçu Iguazu Waterfalls

March 20 On a 23:20 hour bus trip, I bet that I slept for 18 of those hours.  It was 10:30am when I woke up and there were only two hours left to get to Iguazu Falls/Foz do Iguaçu.  After arrival we collect-called the Klein Hostel that we had pre-booked to come and pick us up.  They were there in about 5 minutes.  Awesome. We dropped our things off at our hostel and semi cleaned up enough to head out, and...

Rio de Janeiro to Iguazu Falls: Bus Ride

Rio de Janeiro to Iguazu Falls: Bus Ride

Rio de Janeiro to Iguazu Falls: Bus Ride. March 19. Irmante and I were up early to get ready to get a move on from Rio de Janeiro to Iguazu Falls.  We said goodbye to Csilla and Cash and headed into the great unknown.  We found out where the bus was to pick us up and waited at the stop.  To flag a bus in Rio de Janeiro, we have learned that sometimes you have to step out into the...

Rio de Janeiro - The Calm Before the Storm

Rio de Janeiro – The Calm Before the Storm

Rio de Janeiro – The Calm Before the Storm. 18 March    I am not hung over after St. Patrick’s day.  What a treat! We had a relaxing one and we woke up in Cash and Csilla’s corridor sweatbox at about 10:30am.  Cash and Csilla have a cat who was taken away from her mother too early, so she suckles on the fuzz of a teddy bear that they have in the house.  Irmante has been trying to get the...

Rio de Janeiro: Stalking a Crippled Masturbator

Rio de Janeiro: Stalking a Crippled Masturbator

Rio de Janeiro: Stalking a Crippled Masturbator. March 17. Our friend Csilla from Hungary is an English teacher here in Rio de Janeiro.  When she used to live in an apartment in downtown Rio, the doorman of her complex thought she was a prostitute.  An eastern European woman who had plenty of male visitors in business suits, who would stay for an hour and then leave again… St Patricks Day No Way.  I just do not feel like drinking right...

Rio de Janeiro Forest: After Ayahuasca

Rio de Janeiro Forest: After Ayahuasca

Rio de Janeiro Forest: After Ayahuasca. March 16. I woke up in my tent at noon.  It was hot.  Sweaty hot.  I packed up my tent and went to find the others.  It was the next day after ayahuasca and everyone was hanging out on the rock.  I felt like an outsider because all I wanted to do was go home.  So, I went to the church where the guitar remained from last night and I played it for a bit...

The trail leading to the depths of my mind.

Ayahuasca and Mental Inception – Rio de Janeiro Forest

Ayahuasca and Mental Inception – Rio de Janeiro Forest – March 15 – 2014 We were up early to meet a group of three other gringos at Central station at 10am.  We were early.  We were tired.  We caught an air conditioned seat reclining nearly empty bus to somewhere outside of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  I was not in charge so I had no idea where we were going and I did not really care.  I just knew that the road...

Rio de Janeiro Before Ayahuasca

Rio de Janeiro Before Ayahuasca

Rio de Janeiro Before Ayahuasca. March 14. It was hot and the mosquitoes who used to bite Csilla at night, have found me at the half way point to her room and, being lazy mosquitoes that they are, dine on me instead so Csilla no longer has bites in the morning.  You are welcome!  They were relentless to me last night and I could not sleep until 4am and I had to have a shower to make myself tired enough...

Rio de Janeiro - Cristo Redentor

Rio de Janeiro – Cristo Redentor

Rio de Janeiro – Cristo Redentor, March 13 Up at the crack of 10am, Irmante and I made it to the newly located Paraguayan consulate.  The Paraguayans have not all gone home after all!  We made friends with Emilio, who issues visas there and speaks excellent English.  I had to fill out two pages of information for my Canadian nee-Russian passport to be issued a visa.  The paper asked me ‘hair color,’ ‘eye color’ and a ton of other questions....

Paraguay Consulate is Where in Rio de Janeiro?

Paraguay Consulate is Where in Rio de Janeiro?

Paraguay Consulate is Where in Rio de Janeiro? March 12. Vacation means, “We have to get up early tomorrow to head to the Paraguay consulate,” and that means getting up at the crack of 10:00am dawn.  And that is awesome! Life is good, even if I am still fired up of the hassle of this Canadian passport and the visa situation of this continent.  We headed for the Paraguay consulate so that I could sort out a $137 internet informed...

Rio de Janeiro on a Canadian Passport.

Rio de Janeiro on a Canadian Passport

Rio de Janeiro on a Canadian Passport. 11 March  So, I am in Rio de Janeiro on a Canadian Passport.  Having a Canadian passport in South America is terrible.  I am travelling with my friend from Lithuania, which is in Eastern Europe, and she can show up at any country in South America and she is stamped on arrival and allowed into the country.  Not Canadians, the USA, Australia, or New Zealand.  It is a nightmare.  I have to find...

Rio de Janeiro Hangover Post-Carnaval Monday New Year

Rio de Janeiro Hangover Post-Carnaval Monday New Year

Rio de Janeiro Hangover Post-Carnaval Monday New Year. March 10. A loungy day.  Necessary.  So exhausted.  Slept until 9am.  Showered.  Slept again until noon.  My body needs rest.  It is the Rio de Janeiro hangover after carnaval concludes… The house got moving around 13:00 and we had breakfast.  Every morning for breakfast everyone has to dig ants out of their coffees.  Ants love stored sugar. I cooked breakfast for the household.  I made an omelette.  I thought I knew what I...

Rio de Janeiro Botafogo vs Flamengo

Rio de Janeiro Botafogo vs Flamengo

Rio de Janeiro Botafogo vs Flamengo. March 9. It was a lot of work to get Irmante moving today, as we did not get home until 6am, and the party was to start at 9am and go until 3pm.  The Brazilians know how to party.  They set alarm clocks to be able to get up in the mornings to party in the streets.  There were to be 500,000 people at the Carnaval Monobloco Finale party and I was not missing...

Rio de Janeiro Carnaval Parade E Samba Finale

Rio de Janeiro Carnaval Parade E Samba Finale

Rio de Janeiro Carnaval Parade E Samba Finale. March 8. It rained like crazy all day.  When we had the door of the house open when a cockroach the size my pinkie finger decided to have a meander in.  So, we got the cat, who caught the cockroach in her mouth, and then we carried the cat outside.  The cat dropped the cockroach in the rain, and we picked up the cat and brought her back into the house.  Eyebrows...

And then we rented a in Rio and I was behind the wheel. Your nerves are tested immediately when you have not really driven much in 8 years and suddenly you have to learn how to drive through 6.3 million people in three lanes of highway with four or five lanes of cars. That is a test...
We got ourselves to Petrópolis, a cobblestone city about two hours from Rio. I broke a lot of traffic rules and I made one way streets work backwards for me when I needed them and no one was coming. Suspecting other cars were honking their horns at me to heed their warnings. I knew what I was navigating myself through.
This was a nice cathedral that we seen there....
Petrópolis, Brasil.
6 March 2014

Driving in Rio de Janeiro to Petrópolis

Driving in Rio de Janeiro to Petrópolis. March 6. We rented a car today in Rio de Janeiro.  The idea of driving in Rio, seemed terrifying, but also an adventure… It turns out that one person in your group needs all of, a) passport, b) licence, c) credit card.  There were four of us, together and two of us had forgotten our passports and the other two had forgotten their licences.  We could not mix and match, so we had...

Rio de Janeiro - Carnaval Partying

Rio de Janeiro: Carnaval Partying

Rio de Janeiro: Carnaval Partying. March 5. Cash, Csilla, Irmante and I met with Scottie, Shanna, and Marie in the afternoon to do some sightseeing.  Scottie told me that he was having a hard time calling the car rental company.  He took the phone number down the the front desk at his hotel to ask some questions and they told him he had been calling the postal code…  Awesome! We had a beer and sightseeing turned into partying instead.  We...

Rio Carnaval Block Party Listings

Rio Carnaval Block Party Listings: Rio de Janeiro

Rio Carnaval Block Party Listings: Rio de Janeiro.  March 4. The day was a bit of a sleeper that dragged into 3pm before our world showed signs of life.  Carnaval is a exhausting when you live it ‘full blast.’  So, we just kind of licked our wounds today and I made this video of ‘Scottie, Sloth and the Cross-Dressers.’  We found out that the samba school coordinator was really happy with our performance in the parade.  That is great news....

Rio Carnaval Party Time: Rio de Janeiro

Rio Carnaval Party Time: Rio de Janeiro

Rio Carnaval Party Time: Rio de Janeiro. March 3. The Rio Carnaval Party is totally insane.  Today I had to rally the troops of my group as they were not motivated to party.  There were some that wanted to go to the beach, but I wanted to go to the Sergeant Pepper bloco party, that was a samba band that played only Beatles cover songs.  I put on a bit of pressure and nine of us went to Parque do...

Rio de Janeiro Carnaval

Learning Rio de Janeiro Carnaval

March 2. Rio de Janeiro Carnaval. After a late start, Csilla, Cash, Irmante and I got down the hill to meet Scottie, Shanna, and Marie.  It turns out that Christine is Marie.  I blew that.  We went and found a blocko party and a band was on a tall trailer, and they were called New Kids on the Blocko.  They played New Kids on the Block, Spice Girls, N-Sync, and Backstreet Boys.  The music was terrible, but the party was...

Mosquito Breast knee bites

Rio de Janeiro Favela Party

Rio de Janeiro Favela Party. March 1. Well, for starters, I found out that the word ‘sperm’ is used as a swear word in Brazilian Portuguese.  You might say, “Where in the sperm is my camera?”  That is funny! We had lunch and then we went to meet with Scottie Duncan Smith, a friend form Fillmore, Saskatchewan, who is here in Rio de Janeiro with a girl from Saskatoon and a girl from Sweden.  So, we met up and we...

Carnival Street Standstill Buses Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro Hooker

Rio de Janeiro Hooker. Feb 28. We got moving late today.  It is a zoo in this tiny little house with a dog, a cat, Csilla, Cash, and Irmante and I sleeping on mattresses in the corridor. It was hot…about 39 Celsius today…so we had a sweaty wake-up.  Cash took Irmante and I downtown to look at the area and the market, and I wanted to see a Rio de Janeiro hooker or two.  And, wow, there were some dandies....

Rio de Janeiro: Carnival Build-up

Rio de Janeiro: Carnival Build-up

Rio de Janeiro: Carnival Build-up. February 27. got up at 7:15am and went with Csilla to the international airport to pick up my special Girmante Sangrialatte from Lithuania.  So great to see her face at the airport.  The journey starts now.  I like to describe her as ‘Me with blond hair and boobs.’  How will her and I, two such similar people travel together?  That is going to be fascinating!  I can not wait to see how people who meet...

São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro

São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro

São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro. February 26. got up at 7:45am to pack at Carolina’s place in São Paulo, Brazil to pack.  I told Carol that I am worried about how my partying and sleeping around is going to bother her and I never want her to feel shitty.  She told me, “Don’t worry about it.  What you have when you are is what you have when you are here, and this is why is works.”  Wow!  Wow…  An awesome...