‘May you live in interesting times’ is said to be a Chinese curse, that we all have heard at one point or the other. Seeing the protest that have sprung up in Hong Kong over the organization of somewhat free elections promised for 2017, I came to realize that I have ‘escaped’ a few political […]
After traveling for over ten months now, I often start to ask myself: where is home? I have visited so many places. Just to recall, I have been to Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Santiago, Valparaiso, San Francisco, Melbourne, Hobart, Sydney, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and all through New Zealand, Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima, Zurich, […]
I have phone issues! And this post is going to be a bit of a rant about efficiency issues in South America. In each country it has been a struggle to get a pre-paid phone chip, or to get it charged. In Brazil, I finally got a pre-paid chip from Claro, which worked pretty well. […]
I’ll be on the road for 15 months. Every couple of weeks I’ll start over in a new city and have to make new friends. I have no idea how this will work, how I’ll manage, and how hard or easy this might become. So far, getting in touch with people is not hard. I […]
Ok, so I finally did a bit of math to have an estimate of my budget, and my spending… I decided I’ll post it here. It was really helpful for me to read on other blog how much they had spent, so I could have an indication of what I might need. I have calculated […]
It’s time to have a look back at Rio, so here’s the best-of. I first wanted to do it on Brazil as a whole, but São Paulo and Rio are Janeiro are just too different to put together in one… If you have suggestions for other categories, shoot! Best part/scene/place: Ipanema. Somehow in Rio, but it […]
Ok, I know she’s not from Brazil, but somehow this songs sums up Brazil for me right now. The rhythm, the beat, the message. This is what Brazil feels like to me.
And while Europe preps itself to win an hour of sleep, but loose an hour of daylight in the process, and is heading into the dark ages… I just switched my clock to daylight savings time!! Beat that 😉 I figured out that I will be doing this all along this trip, as I […]
I had not given up hope yet to see Rio from above, the famous Cristo Retendor on top of Corcovado mountain, so I hopped on a bus, even though the statue was still hidden in the clouds. Once at the Cosmo Velho train station, I realized that the next available train was in 2h40. Ok, […]
I heard about a little art event at the Parque de Lage Art School that I had visited before, so I went again and had a second look at the exhibition. It was in the evening, with the Rio hip student crowd showing up. The dress code: Guys: scruffy. Girls: artsy-alternative. The setting was even […]
I had to go back. Espírito Santa, the restaurant, I mean. This time: Muqueca de Banana, a stew of not overly-ripe Bananas in a coconut sauce. The bananas were actually rather vegetable-like, firm, you nearly had to use a knife… Of orange color, no idea what kind of banana that was. It came with rice and some […]
A couple of more pictures from my second visit to Santa Teresa today.