Why do things the easy way?
Trip Start Nov 07, 2006
54Trip End Apr 26, 2007
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1) Book a hostel; easy; the HI has one there and as I`m staying an HI here in Curitiba they can book it for me. They do that and I`ve get a booking there, it is in the dormitory. The memories of the early 1950`s dormitories in the YMCA and youth hostels haunt me still, let us hope that things have changed over the past half century.
2) Try to book the train; find it leaves at 08.15 but does not allow backpacks so I try the bus. With the aid of numerous gestures I obtain a ticket.
3) They talk about scenic train ride and say the views are spectacular so I try to book it for the return trip. I`m informed that it is from a place called Morretes rather than Paranagua and it arrives back at Curitiba at 18,00. I book it anyway trusting that I can get to Morretes station somehow.
4) I need to arrange for somewhere to bed down on my return; no that would be too straight forward, I decide to take a sleeper coach to Foz instead. A move that will save me a nights lodgings and get me near the border of Argentina. Staying in Brazil is messing my budget up as both hotels/hostels and coach fares are expensive compared to the rest of South America.
All I wanted to do was to go on the train to view the fantastic mountain ride. such is my planning, things are so fluid,--- it`s great being me at times like this!
A note on my `complaint`regarding the lack of fish when eating at the mall; I found one of the many food outlets was a KILO cafe where trays of assorted foods are laid out like a buffet, you just select what you fancy and they weigh it up so you only pay for whatever you`ve selected. Here the food is often cooked in a light batter, they do label it all but in Portuguese, it might as well be in Chinese for me and apart from the shape it all looks the same. Tonight I found that I had pork, potato, cod, some other fish, pineapple, a type of dumpling and banana, all frittered, it was a good meal.
Should you not hear from me after the 25th. then it will probably be because I´m still walking from Paranagua to Morretes and nowhere near an Internet cafe.
Sorry if my blogging is getting a bit much but without Vera and Lisa I have plenty of time on my hands and am able to do all sorts of things;---but I really do miss them.
(For those travelers who are trying to budget their trip the costs are, bus to Paranagua 16rs., the train trip back 17rs., dorm` accommodation at the HI Continente-- 17rs.per night, the sleeper coach to Foz a whacking 172rs.the meal with Coke was 9rs.)