Brazil

Jammin thru the Global South

Brazil, Part 1: The start of the TransAmazonica

August 13 – 16, 2010After the preparatory journey across the Bolivian pampas, I was excited to be entering the allure that is Brazil, the largest country in the region and one of the pillars of the new Global South power regime. Apart from being the only Portuguese-speaking country in Latin America (and thus Brazilians not…

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Brazil, Part 4: Taking a break in Sao Luis

August 25 – September 18, 2010Having been on the road for six months since Chicago, and not staying in one place more than a week, I took a three week break in the coastal city of São Luís in northern Brazil, known for its reggae culture and colonial architecture. I met up with an old…

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Brazil, Part 5: The Northeast Region

September 19 – 23, 2010From Sao Luis, I headed east towards the city of Recife and colonial Olinda and then turned south along the coast towards Salvador.My route from Sao Luis in northern Brazil down the coast and interior to Sao Paulo and Rio, exiting at Foz da Iguazu to Argentina. Click on it to…

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Brazil, Part 6: Salvador da Bahia

September 23 – 24, 2010I spent two days in Salvador da Bahia, the center of Afro-Brazilian culture and the first colonial capital of Brazil. It’s the third biggest city in the country and is considered Brazil’s capital of happiness due to its lively nature and friendly populace. I connected with Lara thru CouchSurfing and she…

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Brazil, Part 7: Chapada Diamantina and Minas Gerais

September 25 – October 3, 2010From Salvador, I headed inland to the scenic Chapada Diamantina and then turned south through the drylands of western Bahia and northern Minas Gerais, making my way down to São Paulo.Riding the straight, busy highway, heading out of Salvador towards the interior.I casually stopped on the side of the road,…

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Brazil, Part 8: Servicing sanDRina in Sao Paulo

October 3 – October 19, 2010As you might know, I’m using this trip as a transition from my previous life as an engineer to a future life in the humanitarian field and to get me there, I’m studying for a Masters in Sustainable Development from the University of London while I’m traveling and every October,…

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Brazil, Part 9: Finding paradise in Picinguaba

October 20 – 23, 2010With sanDRina feeling super fresh after all the maintenance work in São Paulo, I headed down to the coast and worked my way up to Rio. I contacted Talia through CouchSurfing in the small fishing village of Picinguaba, about halfway to Rio and close to Paraty and spent a few idyllic…

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Brazil, Part 10: Rio de Janeiro, The Marvelous City

October 24 – November 3, 2010After a nice few days in the fishing village of Picinguaba, I headed up to the gem of Brazil, the Cidade Maravilhosa (marvelous city) of Rio de Janeiro. Besides getting to know this icon of South America, I also had some paperwork to take care of, namely visas for Argentina…

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Brazil, Part 11: Revisiting Picinguaba

November 4 – 6, 2010After experiencing Rio, it was time to head south and get into Argentina as their summer was ramping up. Since I was going to be passing by Picinguaba, it would’ve been rude not to stop and say hello to my friends there and I hoped the weather would be nicer this…

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Brazil, Part 12: Iguazu Falls and Itaipu Dam

November 6 – 10, 2010With my three month Brazilian visa coming to an end soon (and visa extensions not an easy matter for me), it was time to exit and there’s a grand exit to be had by seeing the impressive Iguazu Falls and Itaipu Dam at a point where Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil meet.Saying…

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