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Islands, mountains, dangerous cities, giants and the World Cup

Islands, mountains, dangerous cities, giants and the World Cup

How’s that for a title, eh? We’ll get to those things, but first, some big news – drumroll please! I accepted a job offer in San Diego. Yes, I’m getting a big boy job again, can you believe it? I almost lasted three years. Almost! So what do I do to celebrate? Go for another last minute big trip, of course. And it’s a whopper: the Republic of California, Columbia, Equador and Galapagos, Peru and Machu Picchu, Chile and Easter Island and the World Cup quarterfinal in Rio. All using my stash of frequent flier miles (ok, more like a […]

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Funny Fridays #7: Emergency Exit

Funny Fridays #7: Emergency Exit

It’s Friday. The weekend is here. Nobody wants to read a long blog post today, so let’s just have some fun! Last Friday I put together a list of my favorite airline safety videos. Continuing with that theme, I give you this: A totally [il]logical sequence of emergency exit instructions on a Webjet (Brazilian low-cost airline) flight from Florianopolis to Rio. Because this would be in no way confusing during a high stress situation in a culture where it is customary to read from left to right… Was it really that expensive to get a mirror image sticker to put […]

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Florianopolis Adventures

Florianopolis Adventures

I spent two weeks on Floripa staying in beautiful Barra da Lagoa and learning to surf, but there is a lot, and I mean A LOT, more to this wonderful island. Forty two beaches, jungles, mountains, rivers, surfing, paddle boarding, kiting, sand boarding, hiking, partying, exploring the city of Florianopolis as well as smaller towns on the island… Once can easily spend weeks, if not months, on this island. Unfortunately, I only had two weeks and I enjoyed Barra da Lagoa so much, that I did not get out much – after all, I just spent a month in New Zealand, so hiking […]

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Learning to Surf in Barra Da Lagoa

Learning to Surf in Barra Da Lagoa

As I mentioned before, I got the idea of coming to Florianopolis to learn to surf from listening to Tim Ferris a few years ago. He mentioned that it was ‘a beautiful place, a lot safer than Rio’ and that is where he learned to surf as well. I have also tried and miserably failed to even get up on the surf board when my friends were trying to teach me the basics in Florida and then again in Costa Rica, so I looked at this as another challenge for myself – learn to surf in a couple of weeks. […]

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Two Weeks in Barra da Lagoa

Two Weeks in Barra da Lagoa

Recently, Florianopolis has become one of the most popular destinations in Brazil for people who are looking for superb beaches, beautiful scenery, interesting culture and friendly people. The privileged landscape with lush green vegetation makes a perfect scenario for those seeking for outdoor activities such as hiking, sailing, paragliding, hang gliding, kite surfing, kayaking, scuba diving and so on. — WikiTravel and Floripa Images The first time I have heard about Florianopolis was in 2007 when I was listening to a recording of Tim Ferris’ talk before his Four Hour Workweek book came out. He mentioned that he went there to […]

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CouchSurfing Adventures in Sao Paulo

CouchSurfing Adventures in Sao Paulo

One of the world’s biggest metropolises, São Paulo looms large over South America. While the city lacks the natural beauty of Rio, Sampa – as it’s affectionately called by locals – has much going for it. This is, after all, the cultural capital of Brazil, with a dizzying array of attractions including first-rate museums, nightly concerts, experimental theater and dance. — The Lonely Planet After spending 33 hours in the air, flying over 18,000 miles/29,000 kilometers in two days, I was set to arrive to Sao Paulo thoroughly exhausted. And I did. Thankfully, I was not left to figure out this huge […]

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