A break from the big cities

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Santa Catarina,
Friday, October 12, 2012

We absolutely loved Florianopolis. Our hostel was located over a lake and the views were outstanding. We stayed in a ten bed dorm which was down a hill from the main reception and the steps were killers! Well worth it though. Although, there was many water sports to do there, we found ourselves sight seeing alot and hope to do these activities at a later date. Again, staff were so friendly. The locals too. The man next to me (Patrice) on the bus down kept trying to feed me and also gave me a coat to put over me as it got quite cold. He kept talking to me in Portugese too but hadnīt a clue what he was talking about. Two other people on the bus even offered to go to the shop for me when the bus stopped as they thought I was travelling alone. Eoin was sitting back a bit. Found it really nice! In the hostel, there was a nice area where everyone sat around talking and sharing their travel stories. One of the nights, a gang of us went out to a local club which played traditional Brazilian music. Again, really enjoyed. We have been cooking our own meals in the hostels most nights and so far we havenīt gotten sick, thank God. Good training for us. So embarrassing when we were leaving Florianopolis, we grabbed a local bus to the main bus terminal. It was full so I was standing on the steps by the door with my hand on the closest railing. A guy in front of me leaned back at the same time the door opened so I got my hand jammed between the railing and the door. I was shouting out loud for the bus driver to close the door and Eoin and other men had to hold it back. It didn`t hurt but I was mortified! We got the bus from here to Iguazu which was a 14 hour journey.
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