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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!

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

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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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 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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Mar 3, 2006 - Natal

Depart à 13h de la Rodoviaria (station de bus), qui est à l'extérieur de la ville. De la bas on essaie de reserver une auberge pour ce soir, mais franchement, on n'arrive pas à comprendre comment fonctionnent leurs cartes téléphoniques. Arrivés à Natal, on rejoint non sans mal une petite pusada (auberge de jeunesse) tenue par une femme très gentille, mais un peu bavarde et accaparante: Helena. Ce soir rien, le bus a éte vraiment crevant.

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Mar 2, 2006 - Praia da Pipa

Praia da Pipa is a neat little boutique town that is probably better suited for an older, wealthier crowd than a budget traveler surviving on canned sardines like myself (ok I don~t think I~ve ever actually eaten canned sardines, but I~m just making a point). I felt admittedly restless in Pipa: not too much to do but hang out on the beach, and I was already red as an el red snapper (wink, wink, my costa rica friends). There were some great sandwich and vegetarian food restaurants, a welcome reprieve from a daily diet of salgados and misto...

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Sam Guevara '05-'06

Jun 4, 2005 - Natal, Brazil

From Salvador, we hopped a flight up to sunny Natal, but weren't greeted by loads of sun. The city of Natal itself isn't much to write home about, but the surrounding beaches and sand dunes make it very much worth while. Located right in the heart of Northern Brazilian sand dune country, Natal is a relaxed dune buggy city full of surfers and sun seekers. Unfortunately, we landed in Natal during their worst stretch of rainy whether (about every other day), but we still found enough sunny days to do some unforgettable day trips. We stayed in...

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Mar 1, 2005 - Brasil - Natal (Punta Negra)

We arrived in Natal in the afternoon and booked into our hostel (Lua Cheia). The hostel had been built in the shape of a castle, complete with draw bridge and towers. Our room had bars on the window ! Monica´s parents were already in Punta Negra but were expecting us the following day so we surprised them by turning up at their hotel (Rifoles) and calling their room. It was a very nice surprise for them (we hope !!). In the evening we had dinner near our hostel at restaurant Galo do Alto (very good spaghetti Carbonara!). The following day...

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