Monthly Archives: March 2011

A stroll on the wild side in Ilha Grande

“Phil, you’ve killed it!” I squeal as the large chunk of coconut biscuit disappears down the small black hole in the sand… For the past ten minutes I have been ‘papping’ a crab who has been periodically trying to pull … Continue reading

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101 reasons why Rio rocks…

Trapped indoors as the rain buckets down in Rio we drew inspiration from Vicki Kellaway`s cracking piece entitled 101 reasons to love Bogota to come up with our own 101 reasons why we think Rio rocks… 1. You are never more than a few metres … Continue reading

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Violence and bike-jacking beneath Rio’s party surface

‘So sad, so sad…’ Tania shakes her head and gazes forlornly at the floor. She has just found out that her friend’s husband has been killed in a drive-by shooting at traffic lights about a kilometre from Ipanema beach… The … Continue reading

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The toothbrushes mouth off

We’re plaque again! After carefully selecting our best carnival outfit for the Sambadrome we turned up to find a pair of travelling toothpicks wearing the exact same thing… To cap it off, one of them s-ulcered up to Kate and … Continue reading

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Stormtroopers, Lady Godiva and 30,000 samba dancers

If there’s one thing that continues to spellbind us on our travels, it’s the footwork of Brazilian people of all ages dancing samba. And the blink-and-you’ll-miss-them, light-footed steps riding the rhythms of the bateria are showcased nowhere better than a … Continue reading

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Singing in the Rio carnival rain…

‘Gringo, gringo, gringo,’ they chant. ‘Nao gringo. Inglaterra, Inglaterra, Inglaterra,’ we scream back… But to no avail. Our two ‘Inglaterra’ voices are muted by the non-stop sounds of samba drums, trumpets and horns that pierce the air. Swaying along the … Continue reading

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What the floss..? An update from Basil & Kate (Brush)

They’ve only been here a week but already they’ve made a big dent(al hole) in their finances. Still we’re not molaring… We’ve moved on to a place called Flamengo north of Copacabana and we’ve been filling our days catching some … Continue reading

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