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Feb 10, 2009 - RECIFE, BRAZIL

Feb 10 DAY 11 Recife Gathered at 8:30 in an attempt to avoid the crowd. Caught a shuttle to the downtown then began the negotiations. After several attempts lucked out to find Carlos (had been an exchange student who lived in Detroit). Carlos' English was perfect; he also spoke 5 other languages and his knowledge of US history was better than ours. The negotiators worked a deal for about a third of what the Tour Company's charged. When he added more people they negotiated a lower price. We toured the city on our way to Olinda. The original...

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Feb 19, 2008 - Recife, brazil

2/19 – 2/20 The 19th was a sea day and Joan was busy painting. The day has now become a milestone in her painting carrier. She sold here first watercolor ($15). But it does not end there. She has orders to produce a number more at $20 each and even has an “agent” (Mary Ellen) who is pushing Joan’s paintings. On the 20th we arrived in Recife, Brazil. In this city we took an official ship’s tour of the area. The tour started with a visit to an old prison in Recife that has recently been converted into a craft market. We bought something so...

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Dec 16, 2007 - Recife and Olinda

Our first taste of Brazil - hot, noisy, hectic and tropical! After mastering the ATM we were able to catch a local bus to neighbouring Olinda - the old capital of Brazil, founded in 1537, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A novel project has been established where former street children from the favelas give guided tours of the city.

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Mar 7, 2007 - Olinda

If we visit another colonial town I think Naomi might kill me. If I take another photograph of a church or pretty coloured building, Naomi will definately kill me. Still as Olinda was our last stop before returning to Sao Paulo and leaving South America I thought it was worth the risk. Despite its colonial past, today, Olinda is really a suburb of the gritty city of Receife. Almost everything that "goes on" around here "goes on" in Receife. This has left Olinda to become a sleepy old town where minutes quickly turn into hours and hours into...

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Takeaway Tales

Feb 24, 2007 - Olinda, Brazil

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2007. OLINDA, BRAZIL. Yesterday, Jeff and I caught a bus from Lençois back to Salvador (Real Espresso, 6.5 hours, 40 Reals $20). Upon arrival in Salvador at 8 p.m., we researched flights and decided to catch a 2:50 TAM airline flight to Reçife (175 Reals ~$84). It was too close to departure time to book online, so we grabbed our gear and caught a taxi to the airport (50 Reals). The flight was only an hour, arriving in Reçife at 4:15 a.m. We rested at the airport for an hour before catching a taxi to Olinda (40 Reals),...

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Feb 15, 2007 - Olinda (& Recife) CARNAVAL - WOO!

Carnaval is now over and I am extremely tired from nearly two months of travelling and cannot wait to get back to Porto Alegre. However I have had the most amazing time and having carnaval at the end to finish it was fantastic. My hostel was full of lovely people - very crammed but positive outcome of meeting people from all over the world, lots of email swapping and promises to keep in contact. I'm sure most people will follow through. By the time I arrived in Olinda, all the stages were up along with caipirhinia and food stools even...

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HELENA IN BRAZIL

Jul 10, 2006 - Recife

Otra ciudad grande. Llegué en la noche y felizmente me tomé un taxi al hotel (habia pensdo en caminar porque eran solo 7-8 cuadras) porque sino me robaban hasta el calzoncillo. El taxi pasó por unas calles oscuras, desiertas, y con algunos entes delincuenciales que pululaban en ellas. Al dia siguiente fui a caminar por el centro y duré menos de media hora porque era fin de semana y la gente ya se empezaba a ir, y quedaban solo los delincuentes. Si me quedaba un rato mas, seguro salia sin nada. Nunca me habia sentido tan inseguro en Brasil....

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Apr 19, 2006 - Brazil: Olinda

Olinda is the old capital of Brazil founded in 1537 is now a World Heritage Site. Olinda is a very beautiful and steeped in history. It's full of old, narrow cobbled streets, multicoloured colonial architecture, old churches and government buildings and full of coconut trees. Tours of the historical part of the city are run by former street children that come from the favelas (areas where the very poor live that are notoriously dangerous) and by going on a tour with them benefits this community as half of the money goes to a home for...

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Apr 8, 2006 - Buenos Aires and Porto de Galinhas, Brasil

The new year started with the summer holidays, not the best time to put my plans in motion to find work. Still I went to work to further develop my network, which meant meeting lots of people, dutch and argentinean, who were still in town. Over the weeks I spent quite some time doing this, and I learned much more about my possibilities for work here and my direction: work as a consultant for small enterprises or support entrepreneurs in start-ups. All include the system of "no cure-no pay", but that seems to be the way to go this year, so...

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Mar 11, 2006 - Recife / Olinda

People from Salvador kept saying how dangerous Recife / Olinda was. Everyone is always telling you how dangerous everywhere else is, but they've never been here themselves, just goes to show how much influence the media has here.... Wel the most dangerous thing I knew for sure was that sharks like to come near to the beach in Jan / Feb time, I wasn't going to risk it, I stayed away from the beaches of Boa Viagem! Went to Olinda instead. The hotel told me to get a taxi and pay some extortionate amount, I took the bus and met a Célia from São...

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Feb 28, 2006 - Ipanema et carnaval de Recife

petit dej à 10 heures, on a encore les rythmes de Samba dans la tête. On prépare les sacs et on file à Ipanema. On passe 3 heures tranquilles la bas: pas mal de courant, les marchands, le soleil... Resto puis depart pour l'aeroport. Nous arrivons a Recife a minuit, rencontrons dans notre dortoir des chiliens qui nous disent que ce soir c'est le dernier jour du carnaval ici: finalement nous nous reposons un peu et allons voir ca: c'est franchement genial, il y'a des concerts partout: du reggae, de la techno, du rock, un orchestre, de...

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Jan 20, 2006 - Recife and beyond

Well, how about that Well, how about that--I sent out 6 photos with my last message and it doesn't look as tho they got to you. I don't have my camera with me, I shall try again the next dispatch. Did I tell you that we were suppose to go to Natal, Brazil, but we had to pass it up because the harbor was too shallow for the ship. So o o, no report on Natal. In Recife we got a free tour--You know what Great-Grandma Hulac used to say: "for free, take; for pay forget." And remember you get what you pay for. Our travel agent is a fellow of an...

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The Cruise

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