Brazil #2: Bahia

Well. Well well welly well. I am writing this on the train home from Manchester Airport to Newcastle, meaning I am almost home after nine months abroad. Mixed emotions are the order of the day- while it’s nice to see familiar things like Pounds and Pence, cars driving on the left hand side of the road, and of course Greggs, it’s pretty depressing to think it’s all over. What is going to get me out of bed in the morning? Grey skies? Daytime TV? Housework? It’s not a very encouraging prospect. Continue reading “Brazil #2: Bahia”


Paraguay and Brazil

Following our day at the Iguazu Falls, we left Argentina and headed to the imaginatively named Ciudad del Este (City of the East) just across the border in Paraguay. Since the journey also took us briefly took us through Brazil en route, we were in three different countries in less than an hour. And as South America only has twelve countries, I can now twist reality ever so slightly and say that I saw a quarter of the continent in the same afternoon!

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After an at times difficult few weeks in Chile, Argentina proved a much more worthwhile country to visit. Though it is one of the world’s biggest countries with plenty to see and do, the chilly southern hemisphere winter rendered the southern half of the country off limits, and thus we decided to limit our exploration to its two biggest attractions: the city of Buenos Aires, home to some twelve million people, and the spectacular Iguazu Falls. Here’s what we got up to. Continue reading “Argentina”