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Leaving Bolivia

Bloged in The gap 2010 by gu-ru on 02:42 AM

Dear friends and family at home,
Time is passing by quite fast. As most of you already know, our time in South America is coming to an end. Bolivia was that special treat, experiencing the southamerican vibe before returning to civilized Chile.
From Samaipata we travelled a wonderfully scenic route to Sucre. Going to the movies to see Iron Man 3 in Spanish just a few days after it came out in the US theaters, eating local dishes in the Mercado central, meeting fellow travelers and enjoying the nice environment of tourist restaurants as Sucre is probably THE tourist city in Bolivia. Sucre was also the place where we were stuck for over a week while the nationwide demonstrations where going on.

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Asking Bolivians what the strike was all about, we received almost as many answers as we asked different people: 1. Taxes: The Government wants us to pay taxes on everything we sell, that means we have to write a factura (receipt) for every little thing. We don’t want that. 2. Teachers’ pension: According to teachers they earned so little that they fought for 100% pension of their working income. In the local papers we read numbers that can’t be right … It would be as if we were going to demonstrate for pension of 15 000 US$/month or so. 3. Miners’ rights: Having seen a mine and its working class we do understand 100% that they fight for better working conditions, better wages, etc. (read on…)

Goodbye Paraguay … Hello Bolivia!!

Bloged in The gap 2010 by gu-ru on 10:29 PM
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It must have been the only two hours within several rainy days when we were able to drive on from the dear Hostettler family and San Rafael. The night before had been somewhat dry, and soon after we had left the 10 kilometers of read-earth-road, it started raining again. Those 10km had been quite an experience. Several times we were almost overtaken by our rear wheels, and once we missed the ditch by sheer luck. (read on…)

(Deutsch) San Rafael, Paraguay – wenn aus 2 Tagen 2 Monate werden

Bloged in The gap 2010 by gu-ru on 04:24 AM
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Sorry,
this blog is available only in German!!
But thats no problem for you to learn, is it? ;o)

Meeting family in a country far far away

Bloged in The gap 2010 by gu-ru on 01:00 AM

Long time no hear … how is life in March 2013 in Europe, the US or wherever else you might be reading our report?
It´s been two months that you haven´t heard from us. For us they were two exciting months in Paraguay, very different from all our travels. And yet … so many question marks remain in our lives.

Our first and most important goal was to discover whether it was true, that Mo still had relatives in Paraguay. It was on her surprise visit in Germany when family asked: „And where are you traveling next?“ Answering „Paraguay“ a sudden outburst followed: „In Paraguay we have relatives“. Now it’s pretty obvious that it’s a longer distance relationship, but still … (read on…)

a visa expires, a new era dawns, and Spanish is trendy again

Bloged in The gap 2010 by gu-ru on 06:38 PM

Hello friends,

We hope y’all had a splendid start into 2013. We spent Christmas with a wonderful couchsurfing family and their friends in Campo Grande. Jiri, Debora and Felipe made these days away from home very special to us.

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The last days of 2012 we spent in Bonito, a nice city just south of the Pantanal, snorkeling, relaxing and visiting the famous “Lagoa Azul” Cave.

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Somehow, we even managed to make it to Paraguay to celebrate New Year’s with Walter, a German expat we met half a year ago at Foz do Iguazu. (read on…)

The sea, Swiss Cheese and a nature reserve

Bloged in The gap 2010 by gu-ru on 04:00 PM
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Almost three months ago we left Barra São João, RJ, Brazil to continue our travels through Rio das Ostras, a touristy beach town, up to Sana. Sana is a nice laid back hippie town in the mountains, a brazilian insider hint not yet to be found in the Lonely Planet. We happened to get there for the holiday of brazilian independence day. The tiny town with its famous waterfalls was crowded.

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At the small “tourist office” stall they drew us a map to a waterfall that’s accessible with a “cachorro”, a dog. But they continued saying that it’s not easy to find and we needed a tour guide if we didn’t want to get lost and die on the way. To make a long story short: We found the place without problems and enjoyed the creek so much, that we decided to stay for 3 days in that remote place. After the holidays we also went to visit Sana and its famous waterfalls … I think I’ve never seen such a beautiful, long waterfall. (read on…)

Our new travel itinerary… a little dreaming … or going crazy …

Bloged in The gap 2010 by gu-ru on 02:41 AM

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Still searching for a sponsor … ;o)

Off to Rio de Janeiro

Bloged in The gap 2010 by gu-ru on 04:14 PM
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We were a little hurried to get to the metropolis hoping we would meet our friends Samira & Gabriel again. The closer we got to the city the uglier the suburbs became. We had hoped to find a campground in or close to Rio de Janeiro, but far off. The area in which the campground was supposed to be was a new shopping district. (read on…)

Iguazu to Ubatuba in a convoy

Bloged in The gap 2010 by gu-ru on 03:36 PM
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We’ve been gaining a bit of speed since travelling with the crazy swiss couple Gabriel & Samira, whose goal is to travel from Argentina to California in one year. Since we did have the same route and all of us were unfamiliar with the biggest South American country and its chewing gum language, we decided to travel together for a while. (read on…)

Argentina flying by

Bloged in The gap 2010 by gu-ru on 05:31 AM
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Well, now we did it. Fleeing from the cold, we made it in 21 days from northern Patagonia to Brasil, to the Iguazu falls, to be precise. The 3 of us are pretty exhausted now as we had to cover up to 500km per day during the past 2 weeks. The reason for this hurry were Pimientas papers made by the chilean border vet. We only crossed into Brasil on their last day of validity; otherwise, we would have had to do the whole paperwork all over again – that’s what we thought. But the brasilian border official just joked with us (we only guessed the joking by his occasional smile as we understood less than a quarter of what he said). The he took his time to create all the necessary paperwork for our car. He barely looked at Pimientas documents from both sides, shook his head and said: “we’re not so strict in Brasil”… He was more interested to look up Switzerland on the Internet and telling us it was one of his dream destinations. (read on…)

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