Author Archives: Zulé Vuuren

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1 Dec ’13 – A Dutchman, a few children and a crazy Uruguayan woman

Mr F is a weather-beaten Dutch man who bought this piece of land in 2005 when Uruguay was in economic dire straits and in need of any foreign investment it could find, so he got his […]

 

30 Nov ’13 – One night in a Hotel

A very surprising occurrence on Argentinian long haul buses is that you get food! Or at least something resembling food. For breakfast we had crackers and biscuits and of course something with dulce de leite […]

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28 Nov ’13 – Argentina’s side of the great Iguazu Falls

We read that you need an entire day to explore the Argentinian side of the falls, so we try our best to get out of the hostel as early as possible – which ends up […]

 

27 Nov ’13 – Just a sunny day in Puerto Iguazu

After a semi-decent night’s sleep on our rickety bed, we awake to a beautiful sun shining day. Our day was not very active. Went to the supermarket, always a fun activity, chilled out at the […]

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26 Nov ’13 – Our first taste of Argentina*

We arrive at our hostel, Timbo Pousada, in Puerto Iguazu, Argentina in good spirits after a short bus ride from Brazil. We had no problems at the border apart from having to wait a while […]

 

Things you should know about Brazil*

Before planning a trip to a faraway destination we all have certain expectations. Travelling to these places teaches us that most, if not all, our expectations are completely whack! It’s a wonderful adventure to discover […]

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25 Nov ’13 – Brazil’s side of the magnificent Iguaçu Waterfalls

Today we are going on a mission, first to Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, that lies just across the border with Brazil across the Rio Paranà. Apparently the electronic goods are well priced here and I […]

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22 – 24 Nov ’13 – Making lifelong friends* – Cascavel, Paranà, Brazil

Not the most comfortable overnight bus ride for me at all – couldn’t sleep, period pains, ladies talking whiny Portuguese in the middle of the night, and of course I was freezing. We arrive at […]

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21 & 22 Nov ’13 – Goodbye Miranda, it’s been real..

Our time in Miranda, Mato Grosso do Sul has come to an end. Three weeks of lazing around, getting “super chilled” and eating great food was well deserved. We needed a holiday – and this […]

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15th Nov ’13 – Bonito means Beautiful!

It’s a public holiday in Brazil today – no-one I ask can tell me why it is a public holiday. We decide it is a good day to take a trip to Bonito, two towns […]

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8th Nov ’13 – Wildlife from a boat, kind of..

Today we are going on a grand adventure. A river adventure on the Rio Miranda through the Pantanal. The Pantanal is a huge protected area of rainforest that is filled with wildlife indigenous to South […]

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1st Nov ’13 – Re-cycling 101

The rules are simple here – Eat when you are hungry Drink when you are thirsty Sleep when you are tired Awake when nature tells you to Do the work that is necessary that day […]

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31 Oct ’13 – Arriving in a humid bowl – Miranda, Mato Grosso do Sul

After a long journey we finally make it to the bus station in Campo Grande near the Pantanal. We just completed an overnight bus journey and just want to chill for a bit before heading […]

 

Back in Rio – Cecilia’s Place, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro – 28 & 29 Oct ’13

We stay with Cecilia in Barra da Tijuca in Rio. It’s a very Americanised area. We have now seen 3 very different parts of Rio.. We don’t get to spend a lot of time with […]

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Week 3 – 21st to 28th Oct ’13 – Finding a Comfort Zone

I can’t believe we have been here for nearly 3 weeks now. We are now pro’s at liberating lemon trees and we comfortably know our way around town. We have found a comfort zone, and […]

 

Week 2 – 14th to 21st Oct ’13 – WiFi vs a Hot Shower..?

  It is our second week on the sitio in Palmital, Saquarema and we have fallen into somewhat of a routine. Our mornings consist of breakfast on the patio – no longer just bread and […]

 

Meanwhile in Saquarema…

  Meeting more Expats – 13 October 2013     Biking is big in Brazil. It is the preferred mode of transport for most. If you are super lazy you save for a scooter. This […]

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A break from Liberating Lemon Trees – 12 Oct 2013

THESE PLAKKIES WERE MADE FOR WALKING     Today is Mama Bear’s 55th birthday. I didn’t get a chance to speak with her to wish her a happy birthday, and it was not for a […]

 

Still Liberating Lemon Trees

  GETTING INTO THE GROOVE OF THINGS     On the peaceful sitio in Palmital, our work week continued with the digging of a trench on Wednesday and being introduced to the lemon tree plantations […]

 

Week 1 – 7th to 13th Oct ’13 – Liberating Lemon Trees

THIS IS WHERE WE FIND OURSELVES   I awoke in a bit of a daze after a quality night’s sleep. For a moment or two I was struggling to remember where we were as travelling […]

 

Day 6 – Ipanema to Saquarema via Niteroi

7 October 2013 – Happy 1 month Wedding Anniversary my Love***   After breakfast we check out of Casa6 and now we need to figure out how to get to Nathalia’s place to collect the […]

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Day 5 – My Love’s Birthday!***

6 October 2013   It’s T’s birthday today. Happy 27 years my love, look at us adventuring. Highlight of the day will be seeing Christ the Redeemer at the top of a mountain. We wake […]

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Day 4 – Niteroi to Ipanema

5 October 2013   Today was not all that interesting, we woke up and made our hosts breakfast – fried egg on a bread roll. Again with the bread. I don’t really know if Dada […]

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Day 3 – Waking up in Niteroi

4 October 2013   I don’t think my hair will survive Rio, and surrounds, for more than 5 days. The air is so humid you would be forgiven for thinking you were in a Virgin […]

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Day 2 – A 7 hour bus trip..

3 October 2013 The Olympic, Floor 15, Couch   After an excellent night’s sleep and lovely shower we were refreshed and ready to make the trek to Tiete Bus Station. Tiete is the busiest bus […]

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Day 1 – Waking up in Vila Madalena

2 October 2013 O de Casa Hostel, R. Inácio Pereira da Rocha, 385 – Pinheiros  São Paulo Best nights sleep ever!  I could have slept on a rock and it would have been amazing after 30 […]

 

Day 0 – Touchdown in Sao Paulo, Brazil

1 October 2013 – Guarulhos International Airport   After 30 hours in transit we finally arrived in this curious city. Welcomed by a wave of Portuguese that we don’t understand we figured out quite quickly […]

 

The Adventure begins!

1 October 2013 —–  Johannesburg, SA – 14:00     &     Sao Paulo, Brazil – 09:00 Firstly, I apologise for my absence. I am sure if I explain the events of the last […]

 

The idea..one of them*

By nature I am a wanderer. One who hungers for adventure and discovery, and the odd adrenalin rush. I have travelled some – did the year in London but spent more pounds than earning them, […]