Monthly Archives: May 2011

Sand-surfing, dune-riding and a Brazilian sunset over the sea

Bright lights wake me abruptly and I drag my sleepy body off the coach and into the darkness. It is soft beneath my feet and awash with stars above. Fellow passengers are clambering on to a multi-coloured doorless truck. This … Continue reading

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Birthday fun in Fortaleza

My birthday began with a 6am wake up alarm and by 8am Sophie and I were aboard a bus headed to Fortaleza – a mere ten hours away. Brazilian bus riding is a fairly pleasant experience as it goes. The … Continue reading

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Camels and cashews in the “Sun City”

I have to do a double-take when I see the long, knobbly legs, protruding face and distinctive humps moving slowly across the horizon in the distance. “Phil…is that a camel?” Moments later another one appears on the scene, this time … Continue reading

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Hand gestures of Brazil…

Brazilians are very expressive people. Unfamiliar with Portuguese, when we first arrived we thought they sounded constantly angry. But over time we have grown to love this bouncy, musical language and the many associated gestures that form the basis of … Continue reading

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Please senhor, can I have some more?

Taking the decision to extend our travels around Brazil for another three months was pretty easy – we’ve loved our time here so far… Yes, yes, we’ll deal with you later Mr Bank Manager. However, to continue our explorations we … Continue reading

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Queue. Que?

At first I thought I’d run into the rudest Brazilian woman in the world. After waiting patiently for 15 minutes in a queue to use a cashpoint in a hot, stuffy bank foyer, Pat Butcher’s Brazilian cousin had strolled in and waltzed … Continue reading

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Animal Tragic

When you travel you learn a lot about yourself, good and bad. So far Phil and I have discovered that of the two of us, he is a more ‘hardcore’ traveller with the wash-to-wear ratio. He will happily sport the … Continue reading

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