Jonny's 30th in Sunny Florianapolis!

Trip Start Sep 18, 2004
Trip End Apr 27, 2005

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Saturday, December 11, 2004

The first few days in the Backpackers were very dissapointingly spent watching the rain from the bar. When it wasn't raing it was overcast. However we did manage to get a game going of beach football with the hostel versus the locals. Despite all being predictably very skillful they were all just as ball greedy and did not like to pass. Now outside the five aside ring for the first time in a while it was back to the good old fashioned sliding tackle! I can tell you that the Brazilians don't like it up them! In fact in true Rivaldo style they seemed to have practised feigning injury as much as dribbling! This did not stop me putting the boot in and doing a great John Terry impression at the back. I also got forward a couple of time to put the ball in the back of the proverbial net (also in JT style, eh Arsenal boys!).
The evenings too were quite entertaining. One night it was the owners birthday and there was a huge session - the blackboard showing the beers consumed was completely filled and it did not die down until well into the next morning. On Thursday night we ínvestigated the local night club. My first experience of Brazilian night life was definately a good one. Lots of pretty girls and a great band doing lots of U2 and Bon Jovi (?!) covers followed by surprisingly good DJ. The only bad point was the payment system - you had a card which you handed over each time you wanted a beer and then paid at the end of the night. This was all well and good but the queue at the end of the night to pay was a nightmare - fortunately as a gringo we were able to queue jump to a degree. Congratulations have to go to Chris for managing to get a local to give him a lift when he didn´t know where the hostel was and ending up 20kms from anywhere!

On Jonnys birthday the skies brightened and we had our first sunny day in Brazil! Which was just as well as I had bought him and I surfing lessons as a birthday present. We started on the long boards which are a lot easier to learn on and with the aid of our Brazilian tutor Jonny was quickly up on the board and looking like a pro! I was very impressed at how quickly he took to it, and after a few blowouts I was up there too, riding the waves! It was great fun if a bit knackering. I have a new found respect for those surfing bums as it is quite a workout out there. I am definately looking forward to getting in more practice and getting better at it.....

In the evening we had a few celebratory beers at the backpáckers and then everyone headed out to a club that had just opened in town to celebrate Jonnys old age. I´ll leave the photos to let you know what the night was like..........!
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