The last caipirinhas and Brazil beaches...
Trip Start Apr 05, 2010
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It is a big island connected to the mainland by a long bridge. A lot more civilized than Ilha Grande was. (I miss Ilha Grande!) The bad thing is that you need a car to get around, but my host and I succeeded easily to hitchhike to the beach and back.
I was really lucky with my host, Trevor, an American that had biked around South America and decided to settle a bit here in this paradise-island. He lived in a huge and beautiful house on a steep high hill (quite a challenge to climb up on with my backpack, especially because I haven't been moving much the last month because my leg-"tumor" which is a lot lot better by now thanks to massaging it) with a couple of really cool Argentinian surfer-roommates and a fun Brazilian girl and her 2 dogs
And how much more lucky I was, just the weekend that I would come over, Trevor planned a huge housewarming party!
He thought me how to make caipirinha's, the classic Brazilian cocktail with their alcoholic beverage made from sugarcane, with limes. He invited his friend, a real DJ, to play at the party. There were tons of people, but the police closed it down around 3am.One of the roommates had invited some of his 'friends', they were a type of traveler/nomad I've seen all over South America and was intrigued by. They look like some kind of hippies and are always selling self made jewelry everywhere. They always look kind of the same. So, I finally got to meet some of these people, and I wasn't so impressed (I can explain more why off this blog if you ask me personally), we even think it is because of them 2 of the neighbors called the police, because people tried to break into their house (!! but I don't think to steal stuff, more out of dumbness). Sad it had to end like that! But all in all the party was a big success.
Apart from all this we went to some great beaches, and hiked to a side of the island only reachable by hike or boat. It's really cool because the boats are used exactly like buses. You wait at the 'boatstop', and hop on, pay a small amount and wait for your stop to get off. Very cool I think!
We (we being Trevor, some friends of his, and me) went for dinner at a place with a samba circle. I love this music, and the way they play is is just so cool, they sit casually around a table. Like friends meeting up and playing music, very relaxed, a great concept.
James had been staying in a hostel while on the island, I saw him at the party and bumped into him randomly on the island too, but so after 3 days it was about time to leave, and we met up at the bus terminal to take the night bus to Porto Alegre.