Florianopolis

Trip Start Aug 06, 2010
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Trip End Dec 20, 2010


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Flag of Brazil  , State of Santa Catarina,
Saturday, December 11, 2010

We wake up to discover its overcast today, grrr - with only a week to go before we go home we really want more sunny days to build on our tans.  Despite it being overcast we decide to head to a beach where the Surfing World Tour normally stops at when it comes to Brazil.  My stomach is a litle unsettled today so after drinking just tap water in Brazil I decide to switch back to bottled water.

We catch a bus out to the beach and then have to walk for 20 minutes over a small hill to reach the beach.  Along the way there is a massive sand dune that you can sandboard down.  We check it out but aren`t really keen on the sandboarding as it doesn`t look steep enough.  Plus the wind is pretty strong up here and whips the sand into your skin really painfully.

We reach the beach and its a really nice beach - good & long with nice white sand.  The waves are not great here but they look the best we`ve seen for surfing.  Matty hires a board and heads out for a bash at surfing.  He manages to stand up a couple of times but the waves aren`t long enough to stand up for more than a few seconds.  He comes back complaining of surfers rash and offers me the board but I am totally energyless and don`t head in.  Pity, it would have been cool to have a go, I`m sure I`d do better than my first and only effort back at Titahi Bay when I was at Uni.

The weather clouds over so after taking a few pictures of the beach we head back up the road to a restaurant we saw earlier.  But it looks a bit average when we go inside so we decide to head back to the place near our hostel we`ve had lunch at most of the time.  Unfortunately we miss the bus and have to wait 30 minutes before the next one.  Finally one comes and with spots of rain appearing outside and our stomachs rumbling we venture towards our hostel.  But when we get to the lunch place it is closed along with pretty much every other eatery - maybe its siesta time or something.

Luckily we find a little pastry place and get a few (very unhealthy) pastries including one which is two frankfurters smoothered in cheese and wrapped in pastry,...tasty!!  We head back to the hostel and hang about in the hammocks with Alberto (the Italian guy) and Jenine & Germain (the swiss and german girls).  We decide to hang around for bbq at the hostel with the owners who are really cool guys.  They let me play dj and I put on some Fat Freddy`s Drop while everyone is chillin out and then Salmonela Dub to slowly liven things up.  Then I chuck on my new playlist (aka Best Playlist Ever) which I have to say goes down a treat!

We play some Uno for a bit which is the first time I`ve played since Colombia where we played almost every day for a while.  We have some beers and then move on to the local Brazilian drink of choice Caprinha which is a suger cane rum mixed with lime and more raw suger.  Strong but really tastey.  We are treated to a really tasty bbq that the owners cook up for us and then we all head off to a hostel down the road which is having its opening night tonight.

Its a cool hostel located up a small hill so it looks out over the beach (well what you can see of it at night time anyway).  We hang there for a while before moving on to another rooftop terrace where a live band is about to play.  Its pretty empty inside but within 30 minutes the place has packed out.

We dance around for a while and then Matty & Alberto head off leaving me with the girls.  The Florianopolis region apparently has about 4 women to every man and this bar seems to be on par with that - good fun.  It means I get a few free dance lessons from the local girls.  I get the usual "you´re need to move your hips" advice - I have got this all through south america so I`m obviously pretty average at it.

We dance the night away for a bit before me and Germain (Janine had run off with a Brazilian) head back to find Matty and Alberto still up talking to a crazy Urugyian guy at the hostel.  I decide to leave them to it and after a quick shower head straight to bed.
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