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Oct 4, 2012 - Praia da Pipa, Pirangi do Norte

Après les grandes villes, nous avons décidé de faire une coupure et de s'octroyer une petite semaine playa. Notre première étape a été Praia da Pipa où il est possible de nager avec des dauphins. Notre première rencontre en arrivant n'aura pas été un dauphin mais un petit scorpion dans la chambre de notre hostel... puis, un joli crabe sur la plage. Ensuite, nous avons quand même vu des dauphins. C'était vraiment magique. Nous pouvions nager près d'eux. C'est juste dommage que de gros bâteaux qui promènent les touristes s'en approchent un...

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Feb 17, 2012 - Our Carnival time in the Northeast

We were very lucky to stay with some friends in Natal in the north-east, who treated us to the whole Brazilian life-style: carnival, booze, amazing food, men dressed as women, stunning beaches and the biggest fake arse implants ever seen. They have their own "Carnatal" in December so we were very lucky to stumble across a huge street parade one evening. It was amusing to see various transvestites anonymously blending in but giving themselves away with their masculine dancing and bulges in the wrong places. We then spent 5 nights in Praia...

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Blame it on Rio!

Dec 1, 2011 - Praia da Pipa

Hi All, On Monday morning Angela and I arrived in Pipa, which is small coastal town. The main attraction in Pipa is Bsia dos Golfinhos (simply translated as Dolphin Bay) which is only accesible at low-tide. However, once there you are able to swim with the local pod of dolphins which go there to feed. They often jump up to catch the fish and therefore put on an impromptu show for all the tourists!! Also at Pipa you can walk up to the Ecological Sanctuary which provides great views over the bays and, at high tide, you can see lots of sea...

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Jan 18, 2011 - Natal

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 Yesterday was a day at sea which gave the chorus one more rehearsal before the concert at 3:30 pm. I could have used the two rehearsals that I missed while I was off the ship, especially the one in Portuguese, "A Rosa Amarela" . We were to dress in something bright so my orange colored blouse with sparkly sequins would be perfect. Charlie Flesch provided accompaniment on the Brazilian Pandeiro ; Sue Brown from Rad Scholar is also in the photo. The performance went very well with many nice comments...

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South America

Sep 6, 2008 - More beaches: And moving on.

After Jericoacoara we thought perhaps that we would be disappointed in all the rest of the beaches we planned to visit. Our friends in Fortaleza had suggested hitting a little place that we had heard of, called Canoa Quebrada (which I – David – THINK means “broken canoe” though I did not see one there.) It’s about 3.5 hours from Fortaleza by bus – or probably about 10 minutes by car since the bus seems to stop twice in every block for the first 90 minutes. It certainly made the trip interesting. We discovered one important thing about...

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Jul 29, 2007 - Go without the flow

Friday 27.07.07 Out on the gaming table of life, where fortunes can be made and lost, a flip of the right card could change a life. In my corner, i had been quietly playing my own game, trying not to get too distracted by the bright lights or sleazy people. I was counting the cards, and i was sure i would win. Oblivious of the hand the dealer had ready to play, and a little ignorant of the stakes involved, i played on. It was to be my downfall. The first sign was the loss of my wallet during the trip to Ponta Negra the night before. I...

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Jul 26, 2007 - Watery Depths

Monday 23.07.07 Amazingly, i got up for my second free breakfast in a row! For all you people back home, that means getting up before.....yawn.....the ungodly hour of 10am. With some hours to kill before getting our evening bus to Natal, we took a walk to the historical centre of Salvador. The city's historical centre is divided into Cidades Alta e Baixa (upper and lower towns), joined by a beautiful art deco elevator 72m high. Mercardo Modelo occupies a building in the centre of Cidade Baixa, once the customs house of the port serving the...

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Mar 7, 2007 - The end of the endless Summer

howdy all, Well, the end of the endless summer is here. At the mo, killing 6 hours in the Natal airport waiting to get the plance back to sao paulo. Which signals the end of the brasillian beach trip - roughly over 1 1/2 months, i've covered about 3000 km, stayed at 11 beach towns and had a blast. Really the hardest question i had in my life over the past few months was what to have for lunch........ From here, i'm going back to Sao Paulo to meet one of my brasillian brothers, will stay there for a few days before heading back to Jaragua...

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Mar 3, 2007 - Natal, Brazil

SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2007. NATAL, BRAZIL. We have arrived in Natal after flying back from Fernando De Noronha to Recife and catching a bus to Natal. Due to expensive internet access and limited time, I have not had an opportunity to update my journal for almost a week. I will try to do an update tomorrow. SUNDAY, MARCH 5, 2007. NATAL, BRAZIL. After purchasing a bus ticket to Aracati (R$54; 5 hours), we hired a taxi to take us to Pirangi do Sul, just south of Natal, where we viewed the world's largest cashew tree from above and below. It's...

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Mar 27, 2006 - Brazil: Pipa & the eclipse

Pipa is a small town 85kms south of Natal that attracts surfers, hippies, wealthy Brazilian tourists, European package tourists (because of its proximity to Natal) and backpackers. Consequently, the place offers loads of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops selling lots of gorgeous things at hugely inflated prices and other places that catered for this mixed-bag of visitors. Its fusion of chic bohemia mixed with budget-backpacker-hippy-haven was actually quite nice - especially when compared to Natal, although I didn't see much of the place...

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Mar 22, 2006 - Brazil: Bahia Formosa

Marco is originally from São Paulo and of course is fluent in Portuguese - as is Helene, who is French and fluent in English and Portuguese and Maya speaks all three..I speak a bit of Spanish so we had all bases covered on the language front. I was sooo grateful that not only was I traveling with them and had great company, but I didn't need to have to deal with the complexities of negotiating prices for accommodation, complicated bus changes and directions in Portuguese. I wasn't quite ready to embrace the language yet. We took a bus from...

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Mar 21, 2006 - Brazil: Natal

Natal is the state capital of Rio Grande do Norte and is said to have the 2nd purest air in the world next to Antarctica. Upon arriving in the city I couldn't really understand why. It has a huge airport where international flights, domestic flights and charter package holiday flights land and take off loads of times a day, it's big and has lots of cars. But anyway, I made the most of this pure air after São Paulo's not very pure air and we took a couple of buses to reach Ponta Negra, 12km's away. Described in my book as 'justifiably the...

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