Brazil Part II: Florianopolis

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Santa Catarina,
Monday, November 28, 2011

          After an eventful week in Rio, I headed south to an island off the coast of Brazil called Florianopolis.  Florianopolis, or Floripa as the locals affectionately call it, offers 42 of Brazil's most scenic beaches.  The island was recommended to me by my stepsister in-law (from Sao Paolo, Brazil), who described it as the vacation destination of choice for Brazilians and Argentineans alike.  The island’s name was familiar to me because it hosts one of the major stop on the ASP tour (pro surfing), and is home to Brazil’s most iconic tennis star, Gustavo Kuerton. 

            After an 18 hour bus ride from Rio, I arrived at the main bus terminal in Florianopolis.  I got off the bus and quickly became lost.  I pulled out my supersized bus route map, (looking like a complete dumb ass I’m sure) and eventually found the bus that would take me to my hostel.  I got on, and it immediately took off like a bat out of hell, causing me to lurch forward into the lap of an elderly couple sitting by the door.  I jumped up, apologized, and headed to the only available seat in the back of the bus.  I sat down, acting like nothing had happened, trying to direct the attention elsewhere.  Shit, I thought…great start! 

            With the help of a local college student, I found what I where I was staying.  Submarino is a smaller hostel located in the Lagoa neighborhood of Florianopolis.  The hostel is owned by a brother and sister named Julio and Paula, who are quick to make you feel as if you are at home.  In my opinion, Submarino is the "Shangri-La" of hostels.  My initial intention was to stay only for a week…I stayed for three.  I spent the majority of my time doing just as I intended; relaxing, surfing, and looking for a job.  I met tons of locals and enjoyed every minute of it.  My Florianopolis stopover was a success in many ways.

 I interviewed for a position teaching at an English summer camp.  I went to the interview with the intention of learning a bit more about the teaching market in Brazil, and if things just happened to work out, I would be offered a job. 

My laidback approach to the interview suited me well, and I was told to come back in a week and teach a mock class.  I didn’t.  In the end, I decided to continue on with my travels.  At this point, I have some choices to make.  Do I continue travelling in South America (money is running low), go back to Thailand, head to Prague, or go back home to be with my family?  
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