11.02.2009 - 15.02.2009 33 °C
- Krystal typing -
Wednesday the 11th of February
We woke up this morning and were greeted by another beautiful breakie, this time fresh fruit (an abodence of mango) and wait for it... toast!!! It´s been nearly six months since we´ve sunk our teeth into some and it was great. Its funny how much you miss the simple things sometimes.
We donned our togs and were ready to hit the beach. After looking at the map of the island we finally decided to go visit Praia Mole - one of the 20 odd beaches the island has to offer. We walked down to the main straight, jumped on a bus and not long later we were there.
The weather was looking pretty ordinary, it was really overcast but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise, perfect temp for a sun bake! The beach was really nice, it stretched for a few hundred metres and had plenty of surfers. Plenty of Brazil woman strotting their stuff in itsy bitsy bikini tops and matching g-strings also - no matter what their bum size! We were by far the whitest ppl on the beach, everyone has such beautfully tanned skin.
After a couple hour session we walked up to he hill top and had some lunch before heading back down to the sand for a little more laying. After that we jumped on a bus and headed back to the hostel for a few drinks and some more laying in the hammocks.
We headed out to the main street for dinner with two dutch guys, an irishman and a perth couple who were also staying at our hostel. After dinner we headed across the road to an open air surf bar for a few more drinks and then headed back to the hostel calling it a night - well I did, matt decided he needed more beer and stayed up for awhile with a few of the lads.
Thursday the 12th of February
After another yummy breakie we were again looking at the map thinking hmmm which beach to visit today. This time we decided on one called Barra da Lagoa, which is meant to be one of the biggest and busiest beaches of the island. Jumped on another bus, arrived and were greeted by masses of umbrellas and tanned bodies (with exposed bum cheeks again!)
We walked along the masses of people until we found a nice little spot and settled down for another baking session. The weather today was awesome, not a cloud in the sky, but it was really windy. So after an hour or so of getting burried in sand we went for a dip in the ocean to try and clean ourselves and then decided it was time to grab some lunch and some drinks.
After a few more swims we headed back to the hostel, attempted to rid ourselves of the sand that was in every little orifice and then headed to the fridge for some drinks. We headed down to the main street again with the clan from the night before for some dinner and then headed out to a bar were we spent the rest of the night. One of the locals saw us watching her do the samba and pulled us over to teach us.
Friday the 13th of February
After getting home at 4am we were in no hurry to get up and out of bed, and after finding out we were a little (very little mum) sun burnt we decided to have a lazy day hanging around the hostel, reading in the hammocks and really just doing nothing. Although we did manage to head down to the supermarkert and cook some spag bowl for lunch. The hostel was having another cook up, this time a traditional brazilian dish - a stew of black beams, rice, salad and the yummy fried bananas. Was a cheapish night as you could BYO wine, and buy cheap beers out of the fridge. Matt headed out into town later on while I hit the hay.
Saturday the 14th of February
Happy Vday! Hope everyone at home got covered in chocolates and kisses - as I didnt since Matts a valentine scrooge!
Nearly made it to a PM sleep in again this morning, getting up just before and missing breakie. We decided to head back to the same beach we went to two days ago, Barra, but as we were waiting for the bus we noticed another bus headed to the near by beach of Joaquina and managed to flag down the driver and jump on.
Happy we did as we ended up rating this beach number 1 by the both of us.
Today we decided to be wise and get a beach umbrella so that we didnt get totally fried, just a nice golden brown! After turning a few times and a couple of swims we hopped under the shade and laid and relaxed. Matt got a cheese stick from one of the local guys, which is block of mozzarella cooked on some hot coals in front of you and then dipped in a bag of herbs - very yummy, seems to be a Brazilian thing at all the beaches. While I snacked on a doughnut stick dunked in sugar with caramel running through the middle... mmm... another Brazilian speciality!
Headed back to the hostel and hung about for awhile heating up our spag bowl from the day before. We were laying in hammocks out the front of the hostel having a few drinks (tough life but someones got to do it!) when we heard the noise of drums coming from the main street. We decided we´d go see what it was all about.
There was a huge festival going on, a massive tent was set up on the park land with a band of about 30 people, all playing different types of drums at one end. In the middle was about 30 Brazilian girls in little hot shorts and tiny tops and platforms shoes jiggling away to the beat of the drums. And then at the other end of the tent was a 3 man band, 2 with guitars and a singer. Have no idea why the band was there, all we could hear was the beat of the drums and had to yell to speak to eachother, but everyone seemed to be singing along - well moving their lips!
It was pretty impressive, we gathered the festival was to annouce the main girl - the queen bee if you like, for their parade in the district´s carnivale float. Was a little taster for what´s to come in a few days time in Rio!
We stuck around for an hour or so before the band stopped so we headed back to the hostel calling it a night.
Sunday the 15th of February
Today we were catching a night bus to Foz do Iguacu so had to check out of our lovely room. After some breakie and putting our bags into storage we headed down to the lake to kill some time. Sat under a tree relaxed and played some cards before heading back into town for some lunch.
Wasnt the most eventful day, after lunch we headed back to the hostel and hung about in the hammocks before jumping in cab and heading to the bus terminal, ready for our second last bus of the trip!