Beaches, beaches and more beaches! A few days ago we all began the drive down the coast of Rio state and hopped on a boat across to Ilha Grande, which is this huge island around 1.5 hour off the coast, and looks like a scene straight out of Jurassic Park! The whole place looks like a postcard, and surprisingly there a a lot of people who actually live there (although everyone jokes that they are a little bit strange, kind of a like the Tasmania jokes mainland Australians make). Myself, Tiago and Kaarina embarked on a 2 hour hike from the main port through the forest to the secluded Lopes Mendes beach. There are dogs everywhere on the island, and 6 of them decided to walk with us the entire way to Lopes Mendes. We took a speed boat back to the mainland the following day, and I think I’m still recovering (I spent the entire journey thinking ‘ok, if the boat flips here and I survive the impact, I can swim to that island and…’ I’ll take the slow and steady fishing boat anyday!).
We spent a night in Paraty, and took a ‘walking tour’ of the historical town (which pretty much consisted of Carol reading out a pamphlet we got from the tourist centre while we walked around the streets). Very informative!
We all arrived in Campinas yesterday, after a 5 hour drive to São Paulo state, where Tiago’s apartment is. We went out for dinner at Tiago’s favourite pizza restaurant, so that Giovanni could check if it was up to Naples standards. Needless to say, it got two thumbs up from everyone. Soooo good! We’ve all decided that the next group trip will be to Italy, so that Giovanni can show us the best of Naples and surrounds. I’m prepping my stomach already.