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Jan 29, 2011 - Bird Park

Saturday, January 29, 2011 Valerie wanted us to settle our hotel bill well in advance of our departure at 7:45 am, but the best laid plans don’t always go as planned. The hotel would not give us our hotel bill until our rooms were checked to be sure we did not use anything from the mini bar. That meant all check-outs would have to be in the morning instead of the night before. How we all managed to be on the bus and ready to roll at 8:00 am as planned was a marvel; I think even Valerie was amazed. Our visit was to a bird park that was...

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South America

Jan 26, 2011 - Iguazu Falls

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 Most of us were pretty well rested after breakfast by the time cheerful Stephania met us for our trip to Iguassu Falls. On the way she told us that the land we were traveling on had been mostly farms of soy beans and sugar cane. The immigrants that settled were mostly German, Italian and Polish who did not ethnically mix with the original groups like the Portuguese and the native Indians did. The new wave of immigrants retained their native language in their homes. Stephania said that the second most popular...

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South America

Jan 20, 2011 - Brazil - our last stretch up to Rio...

Crossing the border from one side of "Iguazu Falls" in Argentina into the other which was now "Iguaçu Falls" in Brazil was a very confusing hour for the both of us as our Spanglish was now useless as we headed into Portuguese speaking territory. Not knowing ANYTHING I think we did quite well getting from the local little bus station to the main terminal about half an hour away. After a local bus from Puerto Iguazu in Argentina to the border, then another bus from the border into Foz De Iguazu (in Brazil) and then ANOTHER local bus from the...

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Dec 29, 2010 - Brazil

Week one of the tour from Rio to BA and we´ve been to the hospital twice (thanks jess) due to alcohol related illnesses and claw related contractures (jess ordered crab) this doesn´t make sense. lets start again. So far we´ve been to Ilha grande, aka ¨big island¨ where there was no internet, cars or general civilisation yet plenty of scoop your own ice cream and deadly caiprinhas. There was an incident one night at dinner where Jess decided to order crab, shortly followed by her hand turning into a crab claw (after trying to open a bottle...

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Sep 25, 2010 - Tchau Brasil

So the final few days in Brasil have arrived. Rather than heading onwards to Sao Paulo we followed the sun and headed for the greatest concentration of trainee lawyers in south america that we could find - back to Rio. Having been persuaded by the hostel owner to use the hostels transfer back to Rio, a few hours later we were there. Sania had a couple of friends who were already encamped there doing a Portuguese course for a few weeks, who were staying in a hostel/home called The White House. MOre like a castle actually. Luckily there was...

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Jul 16, 2010 - The mighty falls

After another bloody long journey, this time with the air conditioning stuck on freezing, we arrived bright, cold and early at the Brazilian side of the falls and were greeted by temperatures of 1 degree. Nice. However, after grabbing a quick luke warm shower at our ´Supernova` hostel, we pushed on and caught the bus to Iguaçu National Park. They were spectacular! Rather than trying to describe the scenery and not do it justice, here are a few pictures ....

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May 25, 2010 - Matt's Birthday

Had planeed to do helicopter flight over Iguacu this morning for Matt´s birthday - however unfortunately was cancelled (cloudy). Still did the boat trip into the falls - got absolutely drenched - had lunch in the restaurant overlooking the falls then wandered round. Dinner at a local cantina - menus don´t have English translations so we ordered chips then what we figured might be a cheese sandwich - turned out just to be diced cheese - JACKPOT = cheesy chips! Will have a nice birthday meal elsewhere for Matt since there is NOWHERE in this...

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Sabbatical No 2

May 2, 2010 - There once was a boy from Canberra-ina

Today is art 2 of my great Iguazu (or Iguacu in portugese) falls adventure. Now let me tell you firstly, the travel agent lady here is the biggest liar there ever was. She was caught out the other day and she lied to me today. I missed "her" direct bus to the brazilian side of the falls for 50 pesos. As a result she would not help me (similarly the other night when i'd already booked my luna walk). the recetion guy is fortunately a good bloke. He suggested the bus from the bus terminal was about 30 pesos. Then the #$%^@ (insert expletives)...

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Mar 5, 2010 - Wa-ter lot of Falls

Following a gruelling 14 hour drive we arrived in Foz de Iguaca in the dead of night and camped about 10 minutes away from the legendary falls. Iguaca falls consists of 275 seperate waterfalls and is 3km wide, covering both Brazilian and Argentinian land. It is fed by Rio Iguaca which is 12,000 km long. We visited the Brazilian side first of all and literally spent the whole day exploring. You can hear the falls long before you can see them and our fist view was from about 1km away and it literally blew us away but little did we know that...

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Operation Badger

Dec 25, 2009 - Merry Christmas with Michael Jackson

Merry Christmas! My first ever spent in the Southern Hemisphere--opposite toilet flushes, summertime weather and all. Christmas Eve was our celebration day--an afternoon spent with a few bottles of wine by the beautiful pool at Hotel Feana in Buenos Aires and dinner at reputedly the best restaurant in the city Oviedo. Tasty. Today we arrived in Iguaçu, home to some of the world´s most beautiful waterfalls, I hear (Off to see them in the morning.), and Stuart, our Brazilian Michael Jackson look-alike, sound-alike and assistant to our...

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Amy J. in South A.

Aug 25, 2008 - Iguazu Falls

These are the biggest falls in South America, on the border of Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. Having already seen the Victoria falls in Zimbabwe I wasn´t sure that I would be that impressed but I was absolutely blown away! We spent a full 2 days viewing them from both the Brazilian and Argentine sides. Its hard to say which side was more impressive. The Brazilian side kind of gives you the big picture view where you can say the whole bowl of falls, they also have a walkway that leads all the way out into where the falls are coming down at...

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Aug 11, 2008 - Brazil - Iguaçu Falls

We got up around 8.30am today and went for breakfast at the hostel. There was a great buffet of random things, I had a cheese and ham sandwich, then some mellon, but having some chocolate cake and mini donut things. We then headed to the taxi rank to get a taxi to the waterfalls, there we badly communicated with a taxi driver about how much it was going to cost to get there by taxi. We thought he said it would cost 8 reales but it ended up costing us according to the meter 40 reales so that wasnt good, but oh well we live and learn once...

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