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Feb 23, 2007 - Christmas

I know it's a bit late but I promised to add these when I got back to Porto Alegre. These are pictures of the Christmas party we had at my AELCA project. Very different to putting on a traditional nativity play back home. The kids were running round wild, eating lots of goodies and dancing to loud speaker music in the an intense heat of about 35 degrees. The second lot of photos are of Christmas eve and Christas day which I spent with my host Mum and her family.

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HELENA IN BRAZIL

Feb 16, 2007 - moving to the wetlands

It is now the 16th of february...left canada a whole whopping 12 days ago..seems like a lifetime already! There is no concept of time here...one day flows right into the next and it is challenging to even remember the activities of a few days prior! Since my last entry we experienced our first overnight bus- let me tell ya..not a huge fan! We are now a some internet cafe downtown Bonito- I laugh when writing that because it is quite similar to being downtown b-ville-not a lot to see or do! Spent the day at a ''natural''pool located just...

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Feb 10, 2007 - Pantanal

¨Swamp¨ is not exactly the most glamourous of words in the English language. As a verb it means to overwhelm with something unwanted. As a noun it conjures up images of unpassable terrain in which gangsters dump bodies, a huge pond inhabited by mutant creatures that feast on human flesh. Although not technically a swamp, the Pantanal, as the world's biggest wetland area, certainly shares some of the main characteristics of one. It's wet, muddy and full of nature's nasties - alligators, anacondas and all manner of flying, biting and...

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Takeaway Tales

Feb 5, 2007 - Guaiba, Brazil.

I arranged to visit a eucalyptus veneer and plywood mill in Guaiba, in the very south of Brazil. Having worked alongside Boise in the UK, I was very interested in finding out more about a new development in Boise's timber engineering business. After all, it would have been a shame not to, since we were in that neck of woods so to speak! Like the Scandinavians and their new pulp and paper mill in Salto, Uruguay, US-based forest products company Boise have discovered a new way to stay one step ahead of the competition by incorporating...

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Dec 10, 2006 - Porto Alegre

All you have to know is that I got mugged by 2 piranha-looking men right after I got to my hotel after a 15-hour bus ride from Florianopolis (Yes, for you, the geographically-challenged folks, Brazil is just as big as USA although this map doesnt seem like so). Well, yeah, I was dumb enough to stray alone in the dark streets during the wee hours of the morning. I was damn hungry. All of a sudden, they just ran and dove for my pockets. I was left too speechless. They stole $35 Brazilian Reais (an equivalent of $15 US Dollars, no biggie,...

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Aug 27, 2006 - Porto Alegre (BRASIL)

De nuevo en Brasil! Felizmente no me he olvidado del portugues, y curiosamente aca hablan mas parecido al espanyol que en el resto de Brasil......usan el "tu", y algunas palabras iguales a los argentinos (tipo "quilombo"). Casi toda la gente es blanca (en el sur de Brasil hay mas gente blanca que en las ciudades grandes de Europa occidental y/o USA!) y mujeres muy bonitas. Aqui tuve que tomar la decision mas importante del viaje hasta el momento: como llegar a Africa. Por eso me quede tantos dias a pesar de que no hay mucho para ver en...

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Aug 20, 2006 - Porto Alegre

This is the city where I will be spending the majority of time in Brazil. It's the capital of the most southern state, Rio Grande Do Sul. It's one of the country's biggest cities but probably wouldn't seem big compared to cities in the UK. Southerners here are called Gauchos (after the independent-minded cowboys who once drove herds of cattle amongst the plains here) and they love drinking chimarrao. I like it too! It's a form of tea drunk from a wooden unusual shaped cup and through a metal straw. There's a special way to make it, you pour...

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HELENA IN BRAZIL

Aug 2, 2006 - Pantanal

On the drive out we get to see the changing face of the country side. Overnight, the flat, unspectacular, barren landscape has transformed into beautiful, rich, verdant forest. A beautiful scene of intertwined trees and ferns forming an unbreachable wall of green divided by the occasional snaking river. And then it gives way too soon. Far too soon. Almost in a straight line the forest has disappeared and theres a graveyard of tree stumps. Soon theres pasture land full of cattle grazing the monotony of which is broken by a token...

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Jul 24, 2006 - The Pantanal

So, four nights in the Pantanal in Brazil... Seemed like a good idea at the time, but hindsight suggests that paying to go and try and sustain a serious injury and possibly being eaten is a little foolish! From Campo Grande, we got a bus up to a place in the middle of nowhere, where we were herded in to a jeep, all 9 of us, with luggage, for the 2 hour trip up to Passo da Lontra, where we stayed, in a hostel raised off the ground on sticks by a river - a really nice place. That night I got a taste of the main part of our diet for the next...

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Geraint's World Trip

Jun 30, 2006 - A Rather Hasty Exit

Well, I was going to spend a couple of nights in Porto Alegre, but the bus company has different plans... They said that there aren't any buses to Montevideo tomorrow or the day after, and since I want more than three days in Uruguay, it looks like I'm off tonight, on another 12 hour journey having only had 12 hours here! Which means that this is my last day in Brazil. Its been fantastic - from the craziness of Rio to the sheer bliss of Ilha Grande to the surprise that a city can be the size of Sao Paulo its been a lot of fun. Porto Alegre...

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Geraint's World Trip

Jun 11, 2006 - Bonito

Bonito was a nice little town on the edge of the Pantanal, stayed at a cool HI hostal with a pool, did a 1 day trip to a waterfall park with a canadian guy we met in the pantanal called mike. We saw monkeys and swam in gorgeous lagoons, jumped off diving boards and made wishes seeing strange (rude?!) shapes under waterfalls. Spent an extra day here as tried to get the bus and failed as Brazil were playing footie so basically everything stops and our bus was cancelled! Spent our extra morning hiring bikes and cycling around the countryside...

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Jun 6, 2006 - The Pantanal

pantanal was amazing, saw so much wildlife... caimans (croc family, we were standing in the same water as them fishing but they were pretty docile), jaguarundis (small black cats, really rare to spot and we saw them twice, including a whole family), wild boar or peccary, capybara (worlds largest rodent, yes jones they are really cute i agree!), Agoutis, gekkos, lizards, howler monkeys (live up to their name), giant otters (over 5ft-our guide clapped his hands and the whole family swam towards us) and so many birds...toucans, javier storks...

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