Paraty

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Paraty Hostel Casa do Rio

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Friday, April 11, 2008

Took it easy in Paraty. Got a local bus to the village of Trindade yesterday morning (Fri) which is 40 mins down the road. Another memorable bus journey, driver was flying it (the one on the way back was even faster). Went to the beach there (which, yet again, involved a minor trek - in flip flops this time) and sat in the shade. Crispy Conneely is finding it very hot! Back to Paraty where Francis and Mairead (Paddy´s brother and his girlfriend - for those of you who know Paddy O´Brien) arrived at the hostel, after a long bus trip from Sao Paulo. They went for a nap, so myself and Grechy walked into the old town, which is really lovely. Paraty was a rich town during South America´s Gold Rush. Gold was shipped from the town to Rio and Portugal in the 1800´s. Today, the biggest industry is Tourism. The four of us went for dinner last night to a place recommended by Nicholas and Virginia, Sabor a Mar. You go up to a display of fresh fish on ice, choose your catch and the chef cooks it for you. We were eventually served (it seemed like an age!) a fabulous meal. Hmmm. Nice restaurant, a treat perhaps for those travelling on a budget. We sapped the lads of every bit of information they had about South America over a few beers after dinner. They travelled the other way around and are now homeward bound. Got some great tips and advice. Thanks guys. Got home at 2.30am, just as the old town was coming to life. It was myself and Michael´s latest night out yet - wuhhoo - zzzz. Today we took a boat trip organised by the Hostel. Casa do Rio Hostel backs onto the river so, we just rolled out of bed, had breakfast and rolled onto the boat out the back! We went snorkling - although, i just swam. I refused to wear the mask - i didn´t want to see what was swimming below me. Growing up swimming in the Shannon - you dont know what lies beneath - and i think i prefer it like that. We went to a number of beaches, a lagoon and a restaurant for lunch. Lovely day, beautiful weather and great value. (10.30-5pm 20BrR). Just back now. Tonight, myself and Michael take an overnight bus to Sao Paulo from where we take a flight to Iguazo.        
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cnnnews
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Hola gringos
Good to see ye're enjoyin yourselves in south america. Another thing we forgot to mention is that you don't put the bog roll in the jacks in Argentina and beyond. You put it in the bin. I left mine skid marks up, but it's optional. Take it easy,
Cathal (and Niamh here too)

gibbons5
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Hello from Sunny Athenry
Well, Niamh has now one up on Adam. She made first confession last week and Jesus has 'totally' forgiven her. Five weeks to her big day and she can't wait. Enjoy your travels. Love the pics. Lookin' good. will blog again soon/

chois
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Hey there stranger!
Hey Ailbhe! whats the fun? this must seem like the wierdest thing but myself and damian are heading off on 6 months travels in Oct and starting in South America. Was just surfing the net this evening reading different blogs etc about peoples travels when i came across yours! didn't realise for ages that it was yourself until i spotted a photo! seems like you're having a brilliant time! more or less doing the same start to our journey as you did so all the information is much appreciated! hope the trips going great! no fun from home!! cant wait to head off! chat soon, aisling ni choisdealbha!xx

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