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Week Four

Learning to relax in Florianopolis

sunny 22 °C

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I´m coming to the end of my stay in Florianopolis feeling slightly sunburnt and wholly satisfied. Its been exactly what I needed, after the chaotic excitement of Buenos Aires, and in preparation for the Brazilian megacities. Tucauno House has presented the best hostel experience I´ve had. After just a few days it feels like family. Everyone does things and makes things happen together: going to the beach for walks, eating together, drinking together. There´s a great variety of nationalities here and I haven´t met a single person I haven´t liked. The House has plenty of room to just relax and be yourself too. I´ve spent quite a bit of time in a hammock just reading and dozing in the sun. Good food (and much healthier than Argentina), good beer, good weather and good company. More people should stop by in Florianopolis. As a holiday destination it has just about everything. I promised photos last time. Here are a few places I´ve visited roundabouts the island.

BARRA DA LAGOA
A small beach area near where I started my stay at the Backpacker´s Sharehouse. Don´t stay at the Sharehouse but do check out the beach here. There´s also a turtle sanctuary, which unfortunately I haven´t had time to visit.
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COSTA DA LAGOA
A charming fisherman´s village accessible via a stunning three hour walk through tropical woodland bordering the lake.
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PRAIA MOLE
One of the most popular beaches. Also worth checking out is Joaquina, with its enormous sand dunes.
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FORTALEZAS DE RATONES
In search of a bit of island history a group of us took a daytrip on the ferry to see three abandoned Portuguese forts, positioned on small islands in a triangle formation at the mouth of the river. In the end they proved useless as a form of defense, but they make a beautiful exhibit of the Florianopolis´ colonial past.
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BACK ON THE BUS
Tomorrow I´m heading to the big one, Rio de Janiero. It will invlove another 20 hour bus ride. Except this time I´m going to pay attention and it will actually be a 20 hour bus ride and I will get off in the right place. Honest. I´ve booked three nights in the Rio Hostel Ipanema which came strongly recommended by the guys here. I´ll have company as quite a few of my friends here at Tucauno will also be in Rio at the same time and a few of them even in the same hostel. I´ll also be meeting up with Kirsty from Estoril Hostel in Buenos Aires. It makes the prospect of arriving in a Brazilian megacity much less daunting when you know you´ll instantly be amongst friends. I´ve changed my flights so that I return on June 15th from Rio rather than Buenos Aires. This saves me having to pay my way back down, and gives me just under a month to explore Rio and possibly fit in a couple of other places as well. Salvador in Bahia, Northeast Brazil, is a possibility. That´s one of the artiest places where a lot of the famous singers and poets hail from. Rio should be enough to keep me occupy for a while at least before I think too seriously about anywhere else though.

(NOT)TINGHAM
Last night I had a very odd nightmare in which I took a plane to Rio and ended up in Nottingham. I called the travel company and asked them why the plane had gone to Nottingham. They didn´t know. I asked if I could get the next plane out to Rio. No. I walked the streets of Nottingham in despair. This was a disaster. The streets were grey and rainy and there were some men in clownsuits. I was very relieved when I woke up in a hostel bed in Florianopolis. Not that I have anything against Nottingham, but its not on my itinerary and if the next blog I write is from Nottingham you know something will have gone very wrong indeed. Yes. Anyway. Rio here I come!

Posted by MPemb 11:25 Archived in Brazil

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