After seeing the entire country depressed with Brazil getting beaten and a grueling 24 hour cross country journey involving a bus, 2 planes, and an overnight coach we arrived in sunny Floripa.
The scenery of this beautiful island was in stark contrast to our previous setting, and the best thing of all ...... not a drop of rain in sight!!! After taking 2 more painless bus rides we arrived at our destination for the night, Tucano House hostel. After a friendly welcome and a big breakfast we decided to venture to one of the numerous beaches and were not disappointed. Praia Mole was a delight, we soaked up the sunny rays and enjoyed the surfers and unwound from the epic journey. In the evening we sampled a popular local dish called small shrimp, which was interesting but also pretty nice. The following days were spent relaxing on the numerous beaches, resting Steph`s dodgy leg!!!!!
During our relaxing time in Floripa we met an equally relaxed couple, Dale and Sylwia. And as luck would have it, they were both fully trained chefs looking to work in Michelin star kitchens when they returned from travels. Steph and Sylwia`s uncanny similarities helped to quickly establish a good friendship, to the extent that we all became joint at the hip. The nights were filled with caipirinhas, good conversation, and delicious food cooked for us ... our favourite being authentic Polish Goulash and Potato Rosti, which was out of this world. Other exceptional characters that made our ten day stay the more interesting, included Paul (a 75 year old Alaskan lone traveller) who introduced us to the wonderful game of DICE (now renamed to PAUL in his honour), and Christian the dred haired legend who worked at Tucano.
After weeks of denial and unrelated x-rays, we decided that Steph should give in and seek specialist help. Unfortunately for Steph upon examination of her elephant ankle the doctor decided that she needed to be strapped up in a support that looks like it was stolen from robocop.
After 10 ten days of relaxation and goodbyes, we decided that a change of scenery was needed and set off for Iguaçu Falls.