Lost track of day numbers completely ...

Trip Start Sep 21, 2009
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Trip End Apr 10, 2010


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Hotel Cassino

Flag of Brazil  , Paraná,
Monday, October 5, 2009

Well here we are again - finally managed to find time to do some internetting. Apologies for the last blog - we only had 15 minutes so it was very very rushed. In the mean time we discovered what the mystery creature at the Trindade beach with the crazy lady was - kind of ... We arrived at Hotel Cassino near the Iguazu Falls after a 14 hour, overnight bus journey, which followed a 6 hour bus journey during which we watched Cast Away in Portuguese 3 times. The over-night bus was comfortable - like sitting in big armchairs. On the day we arrived in this town, which we don't know the name of (near the falls), we headed to the Brazllian side of the falls. It had stopped raining and was blazing heat from blue skies. If I knew how I'd do some kind of big build up because these falls are breath-taking - massive and numerous. From the Brazillian side we got a panoramic view facing the falls as we moved from one look-out station to the next. One of these look-out stations took us right over one the falls with the pounding water just a meter or so below our feet, the spray leaving us completely soaked - amazing! Due to the amount of recent rainfall the falls were delivering above average levels of water so in the end we're quite grateful for the rain! Awesome! And the mystery of the mystery creature ... throughout the reserve there were loads of these racoon creatures, loads of them, and countless butterflies, many of which were as big as one of our hands (possibly even if they were still fat!). We've been told the name of the creature several times but still don't know what it is - memory fails to recall so raccoon will have to do.

Anyway, yesterday, Sunday, we headed to the Argentinian side of the falls, leaving the hotel at 8am. The hotel is basic but nicer than the hostels we've stayed in and one of the things we've had at a couple of the places we've stayed now is free thimble size cups of very sweet, strong black coffee - very nice. The Argentinian side brought us up close and personal to the falls. This might be an appropriate time to use the word awesome again - if I had pictures they wouldn't be enough and I could probably spend too many words and end up boring you. Whoever came up with scenes like this is a genius! I almost got the impression that this overwhelming power and grandeur was just God having a bit of fun. Later that day we boarded a speed boat which took us right under the falls and we got completely completely drenched - very cool - muito legal! 

Our group are cool and we've enjoyed getting to know them better ... anyway ... I've got to try and get a good balance between too much writing and not enough - so I'll stop in a second. We're off to a ranch (hassienda) in Uraguay later this afternoon via another overnight bus. They're threatening to teach us how to round up cattle and such like, so this could be an interesting few days. We'll have barely any electricity or communication with the outside world so there won't be any blog updates for the next few days ... see you soon.
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secker
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Sounding Sweet!
Hey Hensonians,

Finally subscribed to your blog and have back-read all your threads. It's all sounding fun! Food priced by weight ay?!?! Let's sort out Oz in January soon ay?!?

Laters,
Secker

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