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Off to Rio de Janeiro

Bloged in The gap 2010 by gu-ru on 04:14 PM

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.
So for the first time in South America we went to McDonalds to use their WiFi. We received the bad news that our friends had just left the city that morning and we had hurried in vain.


Like most of the people travelling with a camper van we went to the “Paõ de Açucar” (Sugarloaf Hill) parking lot to spend the nights. This place is well protected between two buildings of the navy base with soldiers guarding the place at night. We spent 4 days in the city with our main goal of Tino having his job interview. I have to say it was quite a challenge to travel such a big city with a dog and a car. If something in our travels has ever been difficult, it was probably Rio with a dog. The day of Tino’s Interview, we went to a hostel to bribe them with 20 Rs. (10US$) for a shower and use their internet.


Then, we managed to smuggle Pimi into a low key Restaurant for the first time. She knows how to lay down quietly while we are eating, that wouldn’t have been the problem. But with all the tiny bugs crawling around in the corners it was a challenge to keep her focused.
On the beach we were sent away because of the dog. Up to Paõ de Açucar she wasn´t allowed, so we gave her a big bone and left her in the car for four hours.


Pimienta managed to walk with us downtown for 3 hours through dirty tiny roads and big ones, with a ton of people around. In the end of the day all of us were more than tired.
Rio de Janeiro is definitely on our list again. Next time hopefully without a dog, or at least with a nice dog sitter.

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From Rio, we crossed the long bridge to the north coast with its magnificent view of Rio’s skyline. We drove to Arraial do Cabo, Buzios and Cabo Frio, spending some 5 days in a nice camp ground with pool. All we wanted was a place to stay and relax.


The people, the dunes around us and the sea were amazing. Tino finally got some time on the computer again, which is his way of relaxing. Since they had a big birthday party with 150 people coming up at that camp ground, we decided to travel further on. Not long after, we got stuck in a nice family run camp ground in Barra Sao Joao.


This place is home in Brazil. Since we are the only guests, Pimi can run around freely and play with her dog friends Thor and Panda when they get out of their cage over night. She even has a beautiful boyfriend a couple of streets away, Argus.

Here we’ve been trying to figure out our future life for the past 3 weeks. For now, we’ve sent out around 20 job applications for Tino and are still waiting for answers on Mo’s accreditation of her job title. Tomorrow, we’ll continue north as we have a budget for another 3 weeks of travelling and still so much to see. We’ll see what happens.


  1. Ihr lieben,
    das hört sich ja alles furchtbar spannend an! Ich drück euch die Daumen, dass alles so verläuft wie ihr es haben wollt.

    Freue mich auf weitere Neuigkeiten. Und einen lieben Gruß, Birthe

    Trackback by Birthe Sunday September 23rd, 2012 05:26 PM

  2. Guyz i hope everything is well for you! missing you loads!

    Trackback by Sue-Lan Tuesday September 25th, 2012 08:08 PM

  3. Wie habt Ihr Euch entschieden Euch in Brasilien niederzulassen?

    Trackback by Nicolai Michel Sunday November 4th, 2012 08:11 PM

  4. Nicolai, wir haben uns (noch) nicht entschieden. Es geht einfach langsam dem Ende des Geldes zu und wir sind grad in Brasilien… 🙂

    Trackback by gu-ru Friday November 9th, 2012 08:48 PM

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