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My random thoughts so far, by Andrew Waugh aged 29

This is my first posting on our blog and I thought I would write about a few random things.

Things break

When I was researching what to pack a few people had said duct tape. I thought this was a little odd but decided to bring some just in case and I am glad I did. When we changed buses to get to Paraty I has handed my bag with one of the waist straps almost fully ripped off. It went in fine but came out a right mess. I had read that although backpacks are great the straps can get caught on stuff, I think I was a victim of this. A tube of superglue (bought in Rio for another reason, I will come onto this) and a fair bit of duct tape later, I now have a functioning bag again. How long this will last for, I don't know, as there seems to be a few other places ripping that I don't think are duct tape-able.


Stacey sandals broke on her first wear, Stacey thinks I stood on the back of them, I don't think I did but with my poor spacial awareness and general clumsiness it's a high possibility that I am to blame. I bought some superglue to fix them and was really chuffed with the result until stacey tried them on and I had glued the fastener to the base and not correct bit. Oops! Some hacking with a knife later this was sorted and they're as good as new...if you don't look to close.

Things I have noticed so far:

Brazilians love to pose for photos. For me, a picture in front of something is arms by my side, look straight forward and smile. If I am feeling extravagant, I will put a foot up on to a low wall - this is a move my Dad mastered over the years. Here there is pouting, hair flicking, full on poses, it wouldn't shock me if someone busted out a vogue.


Italian food is popular. Every other restaurant seems to be an Italian. Mainly pizza places but there is a fair few doing pasta. Tempted to move here and open an Indian, think it would do well.

There is a perk to not speaking Portuguese, chuggers don't even approach you. I walked past 6 UNICEF chuggers and not even one of them tried to stop me, I obviously look very foreign.

Posted by andrewwaugh 15:00 Archived in Brazil

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My number 1 observation of Brazilians from my time there....

The men are HOT!!! :-)

Not sure you'd agree there though lolz.

Andrew - have you been to view any rock formations yet?!!!! PMSL!!! (ask Stacey to explain!) x

by Marc Williams-Windsor

I told Stacey I was off top see some rock formations... she said best of luck!

by andrewwaugh

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