Brazil – Hey

Hey… hey mate… amigo… hey… psst… kweeessst… hey my friend … hey … hey … hey…….

Can I shine your shoes?
No? But I have this special polish?
Yes, even on sandals!

Oh, well can you buy me a beer then my friend?
I’m very thirsty…

Can I just have your empty can when you’re done? I can sit here and watch until you finish…

Oh yeah, Copacabana beach is great

Brazil – #at the copa, …#

Here in Copacabana, Rio. Very hot. Beach not really all it’s sold as, but it’s still nice. Ipanema’s better, but not much. Could use an ABC store or two.

First hostel wasn’t so good. I was staying in a dorm room with six other guys, and the rest of the hostel was much the same deal. There was an outdoor section, but kindof covered, with dim neon, so it seemed in permanent moonlight. So I moved to the other hostel down the street (nearer the beach actually, but had been full the day before) – and moved into a room with 3 other female travellers, one canadian and two english. The hostel had a really good bar that was open until 12 selling beers for a couple of reais (about 40p), and after that we’d all go out to some club or bar or whatever. Didn’t get much sleep, but was too hot anyway.

Despite all the advice about the good-looking Brazillians (this seems to be based on the universal high-heels, skintight jeans and surgery look – mostly works, sometimes yurggh), I wasn’t so impressed, but the hostel was full of much more attractive travellers, so that more than made up for it. Defo rates above the other hostels I’ve been to so far…

Brazil – Sao Paulo

Kindof a big boring city. I think I´ll move on to Rio asap. I´m sure there´s lots of exciting buildings here to look at, but give me a beach any day.

Plus, no one speaks any English here! Portuguese is really hard! Not really like Spanish at all!

Will probably now waste my time here watching films (fortunately only subtitled) and catching up with sleep until I get to Rio.

Peru – Altitude

Cuzco´s not bad – though due to some bad planning I reckon I don´t have time to make it to MacchuPicachu. Which probably makes me the only one not to, but hey, I can always come back I guess. The food is much better here than in lima, but the altitude gets annoying. everything´s on a hill, and you get out of breath after about 5 steps. Very tiring.

Got some digital photos, but they´re too big to post, so I´ll have to reduce them.

still got sand in everything…

Back to Lima tomorrow, then Wed to Sao Paulo in Brazil for 3 weeks!

Peru – Sand

Just arrived in Cuzco near MacchuPicchu (which I think is some sort of Pokemon?). Yesterday went to Ica. Bus journey was terrible, but driving and boarding on the sand dunes was excellent. Photos sure to follow, but I couldn´t really capture the feeling of plummetting down a sand dune in a huge 15-man buggy with sand blowing in my face at about 100 mph. Was cool.
I now have sand in all places, and it´s not coming out no matter how much showering I do :-S
Definitely feeling the altitude too. We´re at about 3000m here…