04.03.2013 - 08.04.2013
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Brazil and in particular Rio de Janeiro was the fitting end to this grand trip. First a dash via Porto Alegre to Florianopolis and the amazing Ilha de Santa Catarina of Florianopolis. From there to Blumenau, a strange German – Brazilian pioneer town, reminiscing about what foreign countries make of Alemanha. Next stop sustainable Curitiba (Oscar Niemeyer – wow!) and Sao Paulo. What a great weekend with Karla and Mauricio, in which Sao Paulo grew on me (of which pictures are here),
I spent some very relaxed days, working and surfing in Paraty and Trindade, contemplating what should be the next adventure before coming to the last stop on this journey: Rio de Janeiro. Two fun days with Konny and Ricardo in Flamengo and then Easter and a good week at Eva and Gustavo’s place in Ipanema. In between taking in this grand city -its sights and beaches- Gustavo and I were looking for a way that he could use the Jeep and I could avoid handing it over to the Brazilian customs, resulting in a crash course in Brazilian bureaucracy. [Anybody who wants to buy THE Jeep (aka la Bestia Negra) in Rio de Janeiro and drive through the Americas, let me know!] The last weekend of this trip in Buzios, the vacation place for Cariocas, was a dose of paradise - the best company one can hope for made for a rather appropriate end to this journey.
(for pictures of Rio click here)