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Old 10-27-2005, 10:48 AM   #1
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Right, well its been a while since my last update so i thought it was about time i wrote to you all.

Lets see....

After Cusco (the last thing i think i wrote to you about) i went to Isla del Sol (Island of the sun), which is an island in the middle of Lake Titicaca, its the island where the Incas and the sun were born, so its a pretty significant place. I walked from the south end of the island to the north with some english guys that i was travelling with. It was such a picturesque walk, Lake Titicaca is beautiful and we had perfect weather. However, what was supposed to take us 3 hrs to walk ended up taking 5 because we couldnt find the walking track to we just hiked through all the locals farms (which they didnt seem to mind, and actually probably found to be quite amusing), and scrub, and rocks, it was actually pretty cool, and much more interesting than just taking the walking track.

After Isla del Sol i went to La Paz for a few days with the english guys to wait for my flight to Santiago. La Paz is set in one of the most spectacular locations i have ever seen. It is in what looked like a massive crater surrounded by snow capped mountains. La Paz was a pretty crazy city. Just near the hostel i was staying in there was a a street with all these shops that sold dried llama fetuses and other equally crazy things. I didnt really do much in La Paz other than go out a couple of times, the night life was ok, nothing too special though.

Next I was off to Santiago in Chile for what was supposed to be 3 days while i sorted my visa for Brazil out. However, turns out that visas for Australians take 3 days to process. Couple that with a weekend and a public holiday and 3 days turned into 7. Santiago was a pretty boring city, very safe and very developed. The nightlife was ok, but again nothing too special. But the people that worked at the hostel that i stayed in were absolute legends and the hardest partiers that i have ever seen. I went to the beach at Vina del Mar one day in order to pass the time, but apart from that i didnt really do much in Chile at all. It was ok though, i think i really needed to recover from all my partying in Cucso and La Paz.

When my visa finally came in i took off to Rio in Brazil, this is my favorite place in the world!!! I really really struggled to leave Rio, i stayed a week longer than i was supposed to, i couldnt bring myself to leave. I stayed at a couple of really cool hostels and made some excellent friends. One of the hostels that i really really loved was Newtons Hostel, it was absolute mayhem and the most unprofessional hostel i have stayed in, i loved it. I went out nearly every night i was there, the Braziallian night life is the best i have ever experienced, the people are just insane. Two nights i went out to nightclubs in a favela. For those who dont know, a favela is a nieghbourhood that is controlled by druglords, some favelas are allies and others are at war with each other. Usually those involved in the drug trade start at the age of 8 or 9 and are killed by the age of 22. However not everyone in the favelas is involved in drugs, actually the majority are honest working people that just live there because its cheap and close to town, but the main sorce of money in the favelas is from the drugs. Now, parties in these neighbourhoods are about the best i have ever seen. The club i went to had a few thousand locals and only three buses of gringoes. It was an amasing atmosphere.

I also went on a tour through a favela (which is how i know about the ages of the drug people). While we were on the tour the second most powerful drug dealer in Rio walked past us, he didnt even acknowledge our prescence. Apparently the top 15 drug dealers in the favela we went on a tour through have guns made of solid gold. Now, these guns arent just little pistols, they can be AK-47s and other machine guns too.....very cool. Also, the number one drug dealer in Rio wears 5kg of gold jewelry. After hearing all these facts, a german guy from the hostel i was staying in moved into a favela with a girl he met, funnily enough we never heard from him again.

I went to Copacabana beach a few times, it was cool, i just sat on the beach with a few people from the hostel, drank beer, and admired the Brazillian women, which are the best looking women i have seen....ever.

Now i am at Iguazu Falls, i had to take a 22 hour bus ride to get here. Went to the Brazillian side of the falls today, it was absolutely amasing, i have never seen that much water, it was so loud.

Back home in just 9 days, dont know if thats a good thing or a bad thing, it will be great to see everyone, but i will certainly miss my travelling.

Right, this has taken me ages to write so i am outta here.

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Old 10-27-2005, 11:34 AM   #2
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Sounds like fun Nick...Don't let the solid gold guns entice you to become a drug dealer!!
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Daaaayuuuuummmm.. that sounds like a bitchin trip. The whole Favela thing is making me think of City of God. If you haven't seen that movie, you MUST check it out.
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^What he said!

It also makes me miss everything!!!!

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Thanks for the update, LFB!

Sounds like a great time ! Any pictures of these Brazilian night life "Best experience of night life that I've ever had" doo hickies ?


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Sounds amazing dude - you are having a hell of an adventure!
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sounds awesome mate? were you allowed to fire any of the AK's? when i was in nam i got to fire one at the cu chi tunnels those things are powerful!!!!!
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Thanks for the update man! Soak up what you have got left of the trip cos after it's all finished you'll have withdrawal symptoms!

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Well this spells trouble for me. My first stop is Sao Paulo and then Rio. I have 85 days in South America and I am covering a lot of ground. 22 hour bus ride is rough but the falls make it all worth it! Enjoy the rest of your trip and I cannot wait to see some pics of the Brazilian nightlife that I will experience first hand! I'm gonna be a mess when I get there.

I am acutally heading over to the clinic to get my shots today! $250 USD later I will have all that I need for the trip. I also have to send off for my Brazilian visa today which will set me back another $110 plus UPS shipping.

Have fun man!

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I am acutally heading over to the clinic to get my shots today! $250 USD later I will have all that I need for the trip. I also have to send off for my Brazilian visa today which will set me back another $110 plus UPS shipping.

Have fun man!

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why so expensive for the shots and visa? what shots are you gettin?
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Hey LFB...great report! I've enjoyed your updates during your entire trip...thanks a lot for taking the time out to keep us posted. Wow...a week or so more before your adventure ends, eh? Bet it doesn't seem like that much time has gone by.

It was one for the ages, though, wasn't it?

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Yep, seems like just yesterday that i left....damn time and its ability to fly when you're having fun. But when i think about it, it seems like years ago when i stepped off the plane in Thailand, but it really wasnt very long ago at all.
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I am American and that is what it costs for a Brazil visa as such. The shots are Yellow Fever, Meningitis, and Typhoid. It ended up being $231 USD. I am just gonna buy the malaria pills over the counter when I get there. Turns out they are $2 USD per pill here...

I am sending off my passport tomorrow to get the visa. I have to have the yellow fever shot to be able to get back into Brazil from the other countries. It's a good idea to have those anyway. I already have the Tetnis and Hepatitis shots from last year so I am good on those.

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