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Feb 17, 2013 - Rio Second Time Around

‘Head southeast toward Avenida Vinte de Janeiro’, Helen, as I call my Google Maps navigation lady. (I considered calling her Olive, who also likes to give instructions while I drive, but that is more on how, not where) I am heading off the lot of Movida car rental on Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport, and it is not immediately clear what direction is southeast and which of the roads in front of me is the Avenida she refers to, but I do find the right one. ‘Continue straight onto Avenida Vinte de Janeiro ’. I have just flown in...

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Feb 15, 2013 - Vila Germanica: Blumenau

“Do you also serve espresso coffee?”, I ask the waiter, who walks up to me when I enter the Wunderwald restaurant, ”Entschuldigen Sie bitte, aber wir servieren jetzt nur das Mittagsessen”, he answers. So they do speak German only in the Wunderwald restaurant. Maybe the ‘Trachten‘ of the waitresses and the ‘Lederhosen’ he and the accordion player are wearing, should have prepared me, but it still is a bit of a surprise that he does it without any hesitation or caveat in response to my English. “Können Sie mir bitte sagen wo ich denn jetzt...

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Jun 6, 2004 - Florianopolis

If I was going to define my perfect holiday destination I would choose, sun, surf and a laid back atmosphere. Barra De Lagoa just outside Florianopolis in Brasil is as close as I can get to perfect. I am staying at 'The Backpackers` a bastion of Australian culture in south america. Opened by an Australian guy, Ben, 6 months ago the hostel is all the best aspects of Aussie culture in a perfect laid back costal surf village. The Aussie flag flying from the balcony overlooking the beach is a magnet for backpackers. 24 hour bar is the simplest...

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