Hey guys, well this is going to be a biggie as the internet is fairly expensive here (for sth america standards) and i havnt had a chance to knock up afew entries so this will be 4 in 1 account of my time but woweee what a place Florianopolis is so lets go back to the beginning after this short announcement....
YESTERDAY MY SISTER TURN 13, HAPPY BIRTHDAY GORGEOUS HOPE YOU HAD A FANATASTIC DAY! I RECKON EVERYONE READS THIS SHOULD SEND HER A HAPPY BDAY SMS (her profile is lizforliving)!!!
okay so i arrived here on wednesday after a 23 hour bus ride and we were greeted by the usual hostel mongerers at the bus terminal. These guys are animals hustling, bartering, bribing just basically being bloody annoying all to get our coin.
I want this as my profile pic, awesome head carved from a coconut!
However, this one guy was fairly genuine and explained (in english) where we should be staying and that hostels were more expensive than getting a whole house so we were hooked. Yeah shock horror dont understand the local tongue anymore not that i was that good at spanish anyway but at least portuguese does have a good ring to it!! Well an hour later we were necking a few beers off our 2 storey apartment balcony in Barra Da Lagoa, cost was 125 renals per person for the week so we were stoked (Approx $70AUS). It was dark by the time we had arrived so we didnt really know how far the beach etc was or if the area was even that good so we went off to bed with high hopes...
Awoke the next morning and went for a stroll, WOW! This place is freakin beautiful, a massive 14km stretch of coastline, surrounded by epic peaks and rainforest, beautiful warm torquoise water, sun shining and friendly bronzed locals.
Walking along the beach from Barra Da Lagoa to Mozambique, spendid!
... but there were no waves!!! Made a few inquiries as to the whereabouts of the surf beaches and after a bit of random pointing and good old fashion charades we were off around the next headland in search off some hollow tubes. However, the locals neglected to inform us through their charismatic charades that it was an 1hr and half walk by foot ... 10mins in we were getting naked again (something now you all should be use too) not by choice but because we were sweating up a storm! The walk though ardeous was rather cool, awesome laggon/lake area and the beach itself Praie Mole is a world class surfing beach (even has a surf statue) but to our disappointed no real good waves and lots of people in the water. Apparently when it gets bigger the numbers dwindle and there are plenty of waves to be had but the swell hasnt hit so it has been over-crowded with lots of people, not the best conditions for surfing.
Brendo Brendo Brendo quick quick 12 o´clock... WOW
But on this day it did not phase me that i had walked barefoot in the blistering sun for an hour to a beach with no waves because the beach was gorgeous and filled with a lot of beautiful people, the standard creature comforts that im beginning to become accustomed too here in Brazil. PEOPLE OVER HERE WEAR NEXT TOO NOTHING AND IT IS A WONDERFUL THING!!! So i chilled at the beach while some of the boys went for a big mission to find waves until I pulled a neck muscle and finally left to go too the closest major town Lagoua but this time i caught the bus! This was a good choice as it was the best bus ride, EVER! How too describe it.. felt like Corey and myself had walked into a candy store for the first time! It was like travelling with a troupe of brazilliaan supermodels! we were both so dumbstruck i think everyone got a bit of a laugh, these people were like aliens too us, haha! Meet the only other dude on the bus, a cool german guy who happen to reside in Lagoua.
He took us under his wing as he saw that we were struggling. His comment was ¨you have been beautified and shock is setting in. Just hold the rail focus straight ahead and breath. The symtoms will subside in a couple of days...¨ He was hilarious and after a good laugh he gave us a tour of Lagoua.
Lagoua is a nice town not to hectic but busy enough to create its own unique and vibrant vibe but it didnt help my neck strain if anything it made things worst, haha! So here I got my first real feed in Brazil and it is so funny everything here is by the kilo. You fill your plate up with food weigh it and pay, this even happens at the local fruit and veg market where all general things (carrots, potatoes, apples, oranges etc) are all set at the same price.
Getting lost in Mozambique, Brazil
So you get one bag fill it with all these random fruits and vegies, whack it on the scales wham bam all done. After the feed headed back to the pad for a ciesta (the bus ride wasnt as shocking but the drivers flog it through the mountain areas you have to hold on tight)! About 3 hours later the other boys returned home from their adventure all burnt too a crisp and i mean burnt! Mark had broken his thongs and cut his legs while climbing through the rocks (He bought kevin out. His second personality a totally uncoordinated creature who just falls over a lot and has a rather funny running style). Though bruised and battered he still had a big goofy smile on his dial, top bloke! All in all our first real day in Brazil was rather amusing, fun and an eye opener to say the least and that night we made friends with a sth african dude who lives across the road and teaches poi.
Meeting new friends at the local beach party, good times!!
Again their were no waves to be had so we chilled on our local beach. Jim and myself took a 5km walk in the opposite direct to the next beach Mozambique. It was wicked, hardly anyone on the beach, clean warm water for swimming, unreal. Meet a local bodyboarder who drove around the town for a while and dropped us off at this local eatery. The food was amazing and their was so much of it but the language barrier was the scene of some concern. We couldnt read the menu so we got the waiter and walked around pointing at other peoples food that looked good. After we had finished our meal it suddenly dawned on us that not knowing what we had ordered we had no idea of the prices! Prorusing the menu we were sure that it cost at least 15 renals each minium but probably more.
With only 35 renals on us, no credit card and a good 10km walk from home the sweat beads began to form on my brow. However, it was dirt cheap like 12 Renals ($6US) for both our meals. Feeling like we had achieve something miraculous we headed off in the direction of what we believed to be the beach, 2km later and several rather amusing universal signing sessions with locals we discovered that we had been walking in the wrong direction. So began our mission home. We ended up hitch hiking home after several failed attempts to flag down the bus! Things were looking a little hairy after a good hour of walking until a dude in a fluro yellow beetle picked us up, YEAWWWT we were saved! Great day out!
That night headed to a cool club called Latitude had a great time but the system here is messed up.
A tucked away cove 5 mins from our apartment
When you enter you are given a card, this you use to go to the bar and order drinks etc dont have to pay money at the bar! When it comes time to leave you show your card at the office and pay for everything in one hit. Now the thought process behind the system is good (save time at the bar etc) but when you want to leave and you have to line up for an hour just to get out of the place, well there are a lot of disgruntle customers at 5am in the morning, it was weird! But at least they go out at 11pm not 2am wohooo!!!! The nightlife is pretty awesome but travelling 30mins by bus is overrated and the beach parties in Barra Da Lagaou are great, so yeah most nights we just walk 200 metres down to the beach and dance around a campfire all night drinking crazy cocktails, good times.
Please sir, more aloe vera!
Well today still no swell but last night we threw our first official dinner party and invited some friends we meet at the beach parties. We treated our guests to a traditional aussie BBQ, accompanied with a good drop of amber ale and honestly in was a rather good feed. Today looks like another day on the beach swimming, bronzing, eating fresh fish and maybe taking a few walks, very chilled out! Tomorrow if the waves remain non existent we shall rent a car and hit the isolated south coast of Floripa where there are amazing beaches, breathtaking forest walks and the possibility of better waves. Well hope you are all well and having fun until the next episode
Tu tu bang from Florianoplois