Saturday 22nd February 2014
Foz do Iguacu to Curitiba, Brazil
Today we left the really nice Foz campsite at about 7:30am and headed off to the east towards the coast of Brazil – we passed through very green countryside full of crops. During the day Lynn started to feel quite sick with headache and slight nausea. Late in the day we stopped at a shopping centre in Curitiba to get money from an ATM. Curitiba is a very large planned city just south of Sao Paolo, the largest city in South America. Apparently 20 million people live there. Almost everyone was able to get money including us. It has been very difficult to extract money from machines in South America – almost impossible in all of Argentina, and now we are in Brazil, at least the machine will give out Real.1000 (about $A410) at a time per day. After we had obtained the money, we headed on, now dark, and finally about 8:45pm, we arrived at a very large service station/truck stop and we set up our tents for the night in the far corner of the truck parking area on the dirt. Once we had erected the tent it was lightly raining and Lynn just got into bed and went to sleep without dinner. We felt sorry for the cook group who had to cook dinner so late after such a long day. We went to sleep to the sound of the trucks idling and revving. There were at least 40-50 trucks here. Everything in Brazil is on a large scale. There are over 190 million people live in this country, so there are a lot of things to get delivered. The day had been hot – around 36°C and very humid.