Foz do Iguazu, Brazil….

An impromptu hop over the border to Brazil! Popped there for a drink  to meet some Buenos Aires friends. As you do.

I would have also popped to Paraguay, but rumor is all the crime ridden Ciudad del Este is good for is guns, prostitutes and electronics. I’m set thanks. Plus, and this was the deal breaker, it’s so illegal you don’t even get passport stamps. No deal.

I spent the afternoon poolside in the lovely Paudimar Hostel. This is where I met my absolute favorite character so far; Louis. He’s French and 74 years old.

No word of a lie, this was his opener: “So, Justin Beiber….Did you know he’s had his hair cut?”

Me; “Well yes, actually I did know this.” (He clearly knew his audience)

Louis: (Warming to me…) Do you know who has been invited to the Royal Wedding?…(Didn’t wait for an answer)…David and Victoria. Who is your favorite Spice Girl?

We went on like this for hours. He is a fellow Heat mag junky. It was clearly a meeting of the minds. I bloody LOVE this guy! We play dominoes together too. A rather random but brilliant encounter.

Iguazu Falls – Argentina Side

Here is a vid clip of Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat)

BA to Puerto Iguazu…

One bus. 18 hours. Here is how I did it….

Hour 1: get seat, get comfy, mess around packing and re-packing bags. Look at pretty Argentinian sunset and countryside. Have a little think about life.

Hours 2 – 5: Read a good book. Life saver. Emergency Sex – No it is not what you think. It is about war zones, Cambodia and the United Nations, who I now what to work for. Inspiring stuff.

Hours 6 – 10: Oh no, they are putting films on. Bet they are in Spanish. Wait, what is this – English. Better still its an actual trilogy of guns, cars, and the lovely Jason Statham saving the world whilst looking hot.

Hours 10 – 11: I learn my 3 new Spanish phrases of the day. Today it was “That is too expensive”, “what time” and “Sorry I am not Spanish, I do not understand.”

Hours 12 – 17: Sleep

Hour 18: Try and not look rough as hell, and get excited about Iguazu!


Colonia Del Sacramento, Uruguay

Easter Sunday, and Uruguay is looking up. Headed to pretty little town of Colonia. It’s all pastel coloured houses, cobbled streets, & pretty cafes. It has a lighthouse. It has craft shops. It’s a million miles away from MonteV.

However, I can only take such a Disney utopia for so long. And that’s one night. So, Uruguay – this is as far as you and I go. Truth be told I’ll miss you. And truth be told I’m lying!

I did read this fact today – Which almost goes some way to redeeming you:  The 29th of each month is National Gnocci Day! Comes from the tradition of workers being paid at the end of the month, and being able to afford to make the posh potato pasta dumplings.  Mmm.

Montevideo, Uruguay

Easter in Uruguay, and its capital Montevideo is quite possibly giving Vientiane a run for its money as ugliest city ever! Soviet Russia called – they want their architects back.

Because its Easter weekend, all of hostels are booked. I learn this on arrival. It’s ok though as the nice guy’s at El Viajero Hostel ring around for me, and find me a little place still in Ciudad Vieja , just a few blocks down.

Now, I’m gonna coin a phrase; Scooby Doo Hotel. You know, dead creepy, strange smells, no-one else around, pictures on the wall whose eyes follow you. Ok, not quite the last one. Anyway, the place came complete with a creepy caretaker character (hence Scooby Doo) who showed me around, including a tour down a pitch black corridor a la The Shining, and up a step-ladder. Thankfully it was just a ‘roof terrace.’ I use the phrase loosely. Oh and the best highlight was finding an insect in my bed. Lets call it an earwig. I’m trying not to entertain the fact that it was el bambino cockroach. Not cool.

Previous Older Entries : The Anantasin is the name of a shipwreck just of the coast of the Sensi Parasise, Mae Haad Bay, Koh Tao, Thailand. It’s one of my many favorite places.

Lit.tle: Just because it’s cute.

Blasts From The Past…

April 2011

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