19 months, 558 days… 20 “countries” and 12 different time zones… 7 sailing boats, 19 flight connection, Tens of trains and countless buses… Plus a very special Rickshaw: Delilah! These are only some numbers recalling the incredible adventures of the Wave of Destiny I learned many things from meditation to open my heart to […]
The remote island of Parintins is the stage of the incredible Boi Bumba festival: An explosion of colours, passion and pure joy that every June attracts thousands of people from all around Brazil and few nearby countries, but keeping genuine and not touristic as many realities nowadays. The island is kind of divided into two […]
The city of Belem has an important history as the outpost for the European colonisers to explore the Amazon region (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belem). To reach Belem from Chapada Diamantina a long night by bus to Salvador de Bahia to get my first flight after over 4 months travelling around South America. Thanks to Couch-surfing (www.couchsurfing.com), I meet a new […]
After so many nights spent on buses mostly sleeping, reading and writing the seven hours to reach Chapada Diamantina from Salvador de Bahia pass in a blink of an eye. I get off the bus at Palmeiras where a jeep picks me up and in an half hour drive I’m finally at Vale do Capao! […]
Since I started to explore this huge country named Brazil I also started hearing the suggestion to visit the “wonderful island of Morro de Sao Paulo” located just south of Salvador de Bahia. But a neither a couple weeks ago I was in Sao Paulo and not without a coupIe of beers a friend revealed […]
I can’t still picture the real size of the Rio de Janeiro metropolis that even from the airplane seems to not have any end in any direction. It was February, few months ago, when I landed in Rio de Janeiro for the first time in occasion of the Brazilian carnival (The best carnival and waterfalls on earth), one of […]
As happened before the suggestion of other travellers and locals met on the way resulted in beautiful surprises: the small coastal town of Paraty in the state or Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is one of them! A night bus from Sao Paulo drops me in the tiny bus station (“Rodoviaria”) of Paraty in the middle of […]
What to do next? Where to go? Cross Uruguay to reach Brazil and start exploring with agood friend from old times Head South to Buenos Aires, the capital of this beloved country Explore the North East of Argentina between Tucuman and the Jujuy to cross then in Bolivia. Let’s try to summarise what has been the last month around the World…I’m in Colon, Entre Rios region, just next to Uruguay Border. I ended up in this small town to visit Paula, a friend met through Couchsurfing back when I was
Here we are again.. Since my last post when leaving El Bolson and its friends almost a month has passed. Many places and experiences, but one in particular went deep inside me: 10 days retreat to learn Vipassana meditation technique, the same discovered by Buddha over 2500 year ago! The course is starting in a week time near Cordoba, over 1800 Kms drive from El Bolson, but before closing myself in complete silence I have time to visit San Carlos de Bariloche with its mountains and the
“El Bolson te atrapa!” (El Bolson gets you!)It is probably the phrase I heard the most in the last month.. Climbing is one of my passions and thanks to this sport I met incredible friends. One of them apparently moved back from Milano to his home country and town: El Bolson, Argentina. Destiny wants that this little charming town protected by the mountains is on my route North. Fabio and Yen are still travelling with me when we jump off the bus in the centre of El Bolson and receive the best
Three weeks driving day and night on a dusty road in Patagonia with limited access to a shower and having as home a crowded van was probably not enough!Addicted to this lifestyle and to Wicked Campers with Fabio and Yan we decide to give it another round and go even more South, up to where the road can bring us! And I mean it literally! Our new house is a three seater van with a big wolf painted on one side. I must admit it’s not the epic Mystery Machine, but the Wold has its charm and grit!
What a challenge to describe with few words the last three weeks spent in the Wilderness and Nature of Patagonia jumping from one adventure to the other! To share the feeling of Freedom given by explore new lands and people with two Wicked vans that became the home for me and other nine other amazing friends while driving South from Santiago de Chile to the “end of the World” (also called Punta Arenas). Ten travellers “from all around the World!”, as we soon get used to reply in chorus to all
Rio de Janeiro Carnival ! As I land in Rio de Janeiro’s the vibe and energy of the Brazilian carnival is all around me. Streets full of people dresses up with any kind of costume from the professional colourful dresses of the Sambódromo parade to last minute make up, the same I will try to do for the next 4 days. I catch up with Nora, a very good friend of mine since the time of my Erasmus in Spain 12 years ago, and after 40 minutes of taxi for 3 km around blocked roads we finally reach home.
It takes a while to find the (first) jungle adventure and experience right for me… Already on the taxi the driver talk me through a standard tour offered by the agency he works for: pick up by a touristic mini van to get on a boat that sails up the Rio Negro and get photos with the pink dolphins, one or two nights in a comfortable forest lodge alternated with a night in the jungle an hour walk away from the lodge… Simply not what I’m looking for! It need a bit more than a couple of hours of
Since my last post many things have happened: many positive, but also some very bad signs that made me really wonder and think twice on the decisions taken… Dropped once for all my hopes to join Wylde Swan in sailing the Caribbean, I accepted the generous proposal from Luis to stay on board few days more with him and the amazing new friends from Atlanta. Mike and Kristin are expert paraglider up to the point that Mike had his year off to paraglide around the world. His passion is aviation