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Month: August 2010

Cooking with Rosangela in Manaus

Cooking with Rosangela in Manaus

Last night we had a great local experience. We booked this in advance when still in LA, not knowing exactly what to expect. We went to visit a local family to prepare a traditional Brazilian dinner from this region of the Amazonas. Our guide and supplier, Jean Claude, picked us up from the hotel and took us deep into the center of Manaus, a rather poor neighborhood bordering with favela. Favela is a general word for a shanty town/slum but…

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The barber from Rio

The barber from Rio

After nearly 4 weeks of not shaving and letting my hair grow wild I started to look like a lion-head. Simply out of control growth to the point my wife was looking at me rather oddly. Well, I knew at that point I had to clean up a bit. So we decided to look for a barber shop while strolling the Copacabana neighborhood. Anyway, I like the idea of using a local service. The first place we stopped in on…

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Christ the redeemer, the girl from Ipanema and Samba

Christ the redeemer, the girl from Ipanema and Samba

So, after years of looking at the iconic images of the sugar-loaf mountain, the statue of Christ on the mountaintop, overlooking some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and extravagantly colorful costumes of carnival dancing girls I finally got here to check it all out. We landed in Rio in the evening and got to our hotel some 45 minutes later fighting local traffic. Our hotel is located right on the famous Copacabana Beach.  After we got settled…

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Into the jungle we go

Into the jungle we go

This morning while Ana visited some hotels in Iguassu I went off on a little adventure tour. We drove into the forest and with a small group I did some rappelling off a 30 ft cliff and later did my first canopy zip line. That was a lot of fun. Total of nearly a 1/2 mile between three treetop stations. In the afternoon we got picked up by another huge 4×4 truck to be transported some 100 km east to…

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Iguazu Falls, Argentine side

Iguazu Falls, Argentine side

Devil’s Throat Our third day in Iguazu Falls we went on the full day excursion to the national park on the side of Argentina. 80% of the falls are located on this side and 20% in Brazil. Argentine side has more trails developed; has an ecological train which takes you to the upper trail from where the largest waterfall Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat) can be seen; and is generally better maintained. It was awesome to see the falls again…

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The Jesuits’ Mission and Wanda Mine

The Jesuits’ Mission and Wanda Mine

The following day we took a full day excursion to the ruins of Jesuits’ mission, some 240 km south of Puerto Iguazu. On the way to the ruins we visited a precious stone mine called Wanda, believe it or not, named after Polish princess Wanda from the 10th century Polish legend. It is still a mystery to me why and who named the mine Wanda but so be it. Nice touch. A part of the explanation is that there had…

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We arrive in Iguazu Falls

We arrive in Iguazu Falls

Brazilian side of the falls Panorama of the falls, viewed from Brazil Iguazu, or in correct spelling Ygazu, means big water. And big it is! After leaving Buenos Aires and running some appointments and errands we left for Iguazu Falls in the northeast province of Misiones. We literally hit the ground running. After a 80 min flight from Buenos Aires we had about 45 min in the hotel (a condo really) and we got picked up for an excursion to…

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Bus ride from Palermo to San Telmo; #29

Bus ride from Palermo to San Telmo; #29

This morning (Aug 18th) we arrived from Bariloche to the bus station in Retiro at about 11:30. We took a taxi to Palermo to have one last breakfast in our beloved La Pharmacie and said our goodbyes to Eleonora. From Palermo we took a bus #29 all the way across the city to San Telmo to Babel Hotel. The #29 is a great way to see Buenos Aires because it crosses many famous neighborhoods. It goes from Olivos through Belgrano,…

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