My favorite hidden gems in South America

After a year traveling around Central & South America, these are the places I liked the most. Since they are not very well-known, I’d like to call them ”my hidden gems”.

These ”cities” are very down-to-earth and laid-back places where I have felt something special inside, like a bubbling feeling of happiness, calmness and fulfillness.

 

1. — Holbox – Mexico —

The beach at Holbox

The beach at Holbox

Sunset in Holbox

Sunset in Holbox

 

Shallow water, birds, and blue sky.

Shallow water, birds, and blue sky.

 

There is just something special about this small island outside of the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. This island has a natural beauty – white sand, palm trees, shallow ocean, thousands of flamingos and pelicans. Most of the habitants work as fishermen and it’s considered a virgin tourist destination unspoiled by mass tourism. There is only a main square and a few streets which are made of sand and there are just a handful of ”cars” on the island. You sleep, eat, do some small excursions, go to small music events, visit small shops with handicraft and just relax. You eat and live cheaply here too.

 

2. — Isabela – The Galapagos – Ecuador —

The mainstreet in isabela... beautiful with sand!

The main street in isabela… beautiful with sand!

The tuneles

The tuneles

Bluefooted boobies

Bluefooted boobies

Beautiful surroundings!

Beautiful surroundings!


I love all the Galapagos islands,
but if I would have to choose one of them for living – it would be Isabela. although it is the biggest island it is the less populated of the habituated islands. Most tourists only come here for day tours so the ambiance feels very local. Also on this island, the streets are made of sand. It is very safe here. There are plenty of things to do and see here, you can visit lava tunnels, active volcanoes, you can snorkel with big tortoises, watch blue footed boobies, pink flamingos. It is not expensive here either.

 

3. — Jericoacoara – Brazil —

Enjoying life!!!

Enjoying life!!!

Windsurfers and a man playing capoeira-music

Windsurfers and a man playing capoeira-music

The streets are full with hantcraft stands

The streets are full with handicraft stands

Sunset in Jericoacoara

Sunset in Jericoacoara

A little street filled with restaurants

A little street filled with restaurants


This is like a bigger version of Holbox
, with more people, more shops and more activity, but still it has a lot of charm. This place is a paradise for windsurfers and kitesurfers. So yes, it is very windy but hey! – there are no mosquitoes :) If you get tired of the wind you can visit the Blue Lagoon, lovely calm lagoon famous for the hanging hammocks in the water. Jericoacoara is a mix of great people – during the day you’ll see all the active sporty people, and during the nights you’ll see all the musicians and the handicraftsmen out selling their work. There are always live music in a bar or a restaurant, always something to do. The main streets are of course – made of sand. :)

 

4. — Lagoa da Conceição – Florianopolis – Brazil —

Barra Da lagoa

Barra Da lagoa

View over Lagoa do Conceicão

View over Lagoa do Conceicão

Praia do Joaquina in Florianopolis

Praia do Joaquina in Florianopolis


This is a magical place
. It’s a laid-back neighbourhood with super nice surroundings. The area has a small town center and some of the island’s best beaches, and a lagoon that is surrounded by beautiful green hills. Surfing is a popular sport here. There is a lovely big mixture of all kind of Brazilians, but also a lot of Europeans that decided to stay or study here. The city Florianopolis has a lot of culture and bars to offer too.

 

5.  —  Isla del sol – Copacabana –  Bolivia — 

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Boats, beach, small houses and snowy mountains behind

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Clear water and hills with place for cultivation

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Local people in the south of Isla del Sol


This is an oasis in all the chaos between Bolivia and Peru
. This small island in the lake Titicaca is beautiful and super quiet. There is no noise, no cars, no rubbish on the streets. Not even lampposts (bring your head-torche). Beautiful sunsets and sunrises and the sky is super clear so you can see a lot of stars during the night. People live in harmony here with the nature and it’s surroundings. You can walk from the north to the south and see llamas and donkeys and some old inca-archaelogical sites along the way. Sweet local kids will offer you a little guided history about the history of Isla del Sol. There are a few small museums on the island too. I really enjoyed the landscapes in the south.

 

¿Have you been to any of these places? ¿What was your impression?

 

~ If I would extend the list these cities would probably make the list too, all though there are all not ”hidden gems” since some of them are capitals.

• Cusco (Peru) • Puerto Maldonado (Peru) • Quito (Ecuador) • Rio De Janeiro (Brazil) • Salvador (Brazil) • San Cristobal De Las Casas (Mexico) • Isla Mujeres (Mexico) • Tulum (Mexico) • La Paz (Bolivia) and • Buenos Aires (Argentina).

Working on a confirmation camp in Flen, Sweden

I almost never write about my home country, Sweden. I thought I should do that too, in case someone is interested in what we have to offer here. ;)

Last weeks I’ve been in Flen, in Södermanland. A small town with about 6000 habitants. It’s just about 2 hours drive from Stockholm.

I’ve been actually working in the kitchen on a confirmation camp with the Swedish Church. And not any confirmation camp at all. One that is open to all kind of people, they don’t care about chromosomes as they say. So there are people with some kind of handicap, like autism, downs syndrome, adhd, or just nothing at all.

” Confirmation is a rite of initiation in several Christian denominations,[1] normally carried out through anointing, the laying on of hands, and prayer, for the purpose of bestowing the Gift of the Holy Spirit. (…) In Christianity, confirmation is seen as the sealing of the covenant created in Holy Baptism

 

On our way down, we stopped to buy some food. We had a very small car, and very much food… So started our 2 hour roadtrip like this:

How the heck are we supposed to get this into the car???

How the heck are we supposed to get this into the car???

Fully packed car!!

Like this! Fully packed car!! And we even had to go a second time!

The leaders having our first meal together before the confirmands arrived to the camp

The leaders having our first meal together before the confirmands arrived to the camp

 

I’m myself not confirmated, not even baptised. But if I had been, I would have liked to attend to this camp when I was about 14 years old. It is beautiful, they do many fun activities (like their own t-shirts, cups, bookmarks,  go kayaking, hiking etc) and they sing a lot. It’s very cozy.

 

Worshipping at the beach, and singing songs

Worshipping at the beach and singing songs on the reunion weekend

Singing songs around the fire "Lägerbål"

Singing songs around the fire ”Lägerbål”

They put a tarp on the grass, sprayed it with water and soap, put on their rain clothes and voilá!

They put a tarp on the sloping grass, sprayed it with water and soap, put on their rain clothes and voilá!

Gålötryckaren - "gålö-cheek to cheek-dance" - at the end of the disco

Gålötryckaren – ”gålö-cheek to cheek-dance” – at the end of the disco at reunion-weekend


Here in Sweden they are protestants
, and I’ve learned a lot about ”our” religion during this time. I don’t consider myself of any religion though, but I think this one is the fairest inside the christianity. Our priest at the camp is for example a homosexual woman, married to the bishop of Stockholm. So yes, in this religion, it is ok to be who you are. It’s fantastic. I grew up in Spain where they are catholics, where women can’t be priests, where priests can’t get married, where the church think being homosexuality is not ok.

I am proud of Sweden.  

I got the job through a friend of mine, and I worked together in the kitchen with my boyfriend Duilio and a girl named Alva. We worked two weekends here during spring, and now 3 weeks during summer, then 1 more weekend in autumn. It’s a big sort of ”conference center” in Flen. Quite an outdated center, but on a nice location, just by a lake and with surrounding green forest and horse pastures.

 

I love alleys.

I love alleys.

Horses

Horses

Beautiful sunset by the other side of the lake, close to Yxtaholm

Beautiful sunset by the other side of the lake, close to Yxtaholm

Beautiful sunset!!!! Also by the other side of the lake, in april on our first weekend.

Beautiful sunset!!!! Also by the other side of the lake, in april on our first weekend.

Finally some time of between lunch and dinner - out and enjoying the sun!

Finally some time of between lunch and dinner – out and enjoying the sun!

Jose fishing

Jose and Duilio fishing

After 2 weeks my cousin Jose from Barcelona came to visit, his first time in Sweden. He helped us in the kitchen too. He was quite serious in the beginning, everything must have been so new and weird for him. Not only to come to Sweden, which has another culture then Spain, but also to this camp, with this religion, all kind of different people and different rules. We eat early compared to Spain, breakfast at 8.30, lunch at 12, and dinner at 17.30. He eats dinner about 11-12pm! Haha. Total change!

On our way back from picking up Jose at the airport :)

On our way back from picking up Jose at the airport :)

Ready to serve the food

Ready to serve the food

What a lovely dish-team!

What a lovely dish-team!

For example, before and every meal, we sing a song (something to thank the lord for the food or alike). If someone wants to say something, they raise their hand, and when you see someone with their hand up, you stop talking and raise your hand too, until everyone has their hand raised and is quiet. First time it happened with Jose he exclaimed ”Que pasa?!” (What is happening?!) haha.

Singin song after eating

Singin song after eating

We had to prepare breakfast, lunch, fruit-time, dinner and afternoon snack for about 40 people everyday. We worked from 8am to 8pm, and every 2-3 days went to the supermarket after that to buy lot’s of food. (About two supermarket trolleys full every 2-3 days).

Cooking and dishing..

Cooking and dishing..

One of our sunday-meals

One of our sunday-meals

Pyttipanna!

Pyttipanna!


We only got two days vacation in 3 weeks
, on the 17th and 18th day. We were completely exhausted. Both me, Alva, Jose and Duilio. We got a small cabin just about 100 metres away from the camp, lovely cabin, where we really enjoooooooyed our time off. SO MUCH!!!!

We have arrived at our cabin!!! :)

We have arrived at our cabin!!! :)

When we finished of dinner we went to the supermarket to buy some food, alcoholfree beer (not allowed with alcohol on the camp, but really wanted a beer), chips and chocolate. We went down to the lake for a fika, and then when the mosquitoes were eating us to much, back to the cabin where we played cards and kept eating unhealthy things until late, and next morning we slept until 11am. HEHE!

Lovely evening - our first of! Icecream, chokladbollar, chocolate, coffee.... :)

Lovely evening – our first of! Icecream, chokladbollar, chocolate, coffee…. :)

Enjoying our first evening of in the cabin :)

Enjoying our first evening of in the cabin :)


Next day, after a good nights sleep we went on a small trip to Katrineholm
(a close-by city with about 60.000 habitants).

We visited super cool and super big antique shop, had some ice-cream in town and went to a nice bathing area where I took my first swim in the Swedish water since like 5 years back. Then went back to town for a nice meal (I had veggie nachos) and then back to the camp, just doing nothing.

Visiting a huge antique shop in Katrineholm. Love this room!

Visiting a huge antique shop in Katrineholm. Love this room!

And the other room in the antique shop, you could get lost there!

And the other room in the antique shop, you could get lost there!

First swim in sweden for years!!!

First swim in sweden for years!!!

The gang who didn't take a swim.

The gang who didn’t take a swim.


Our last day (and second day) of vacation
, we went to another bathing area just about 5 minutes drive from the camp, supernice! Me, Jose AND Duilio jumped in the water, and even from the diving tower! Had a blast, ate pie and had a whole day of just sun and swedish summer.

At the beach in Flen on our day off :)

At the beach in Flen on our day off :)

Joses first swim in sweden!!

Joses first swim in sweden!!

When we got back it was time to pack our things up to move back to our small rooms by the kitchen, and go to the supermarket to shop for the remaining days of the camp.

The last 4 days passed by quickly and easily, we had a big buffet on the confirmation day for 130 people, but we got catering from the supermarket so we could manage that. That day I walked over 14km just inside our walls!! Not strange I felt so tired in my legs in the evening, haha.

Ready for buffét!

Ready for fika!

The buffet for 130 people!

The buffet for 130 people!

Last evening, gathering with all the parents

Last evening, gathering with all the parents


Our last day was this sunday,
we cleared out all the food that was left, cleaned the kitchen, or rooms, and left around 15. Then in the evening we were invited over to the priest Gunilla for some drinks and a great dinner. Sweet end of the camp!

Team picture after the camp at Gunillas home

Team picture after the camp at Gunillas home

 

Anyhow, now I’m back to my regular job at Ljud och bildmedia. Working 8am to 5pm and since it’s summer and vacation time, we barely have any customers,  it is very cool. But in a little bit then one week – then I have vacation – and I’m going to Spaaaain!!!! I haven’t been there in 2 years, so I’m really looking forward to it now!!

 

A few more pictures:

Marsaxlokk and Birżebbuġa in Malta

(So yes, it was a while ago we came back from Malta, but I’ve been to busy to write about it, at least about all days)

On our fourth day we visited Marsaxlokk, it’s a traditional fishing village located in the south-eastern part of Malta with about 3500 inhabitants.The bay of Marsaxlokk is in the southest point of Malta.

It’s about 40 minutes with public bus from the capital Valetta (public bus 81 or 85). It’s a really nice trip there, filled with vineyards on both sides of the road.

Nice restaurants and cafés at Marsaxlokk

A church and nice restaurants and cafés in Marsaxlokk

Marsaxlokk is well known because of the many colorful and traditional fishing boats called luzzu. The painted eyes on these luzzus are believed to protect the boats from danger.

Marsaxlokk bay

Marsaxlokk bay

Marsaxlokk bay

Marsaxlokk bay

The small fishing boats and the Luzzus

The small fishing boats and the Luzzus

Pretty colorful boats

Pretty colorful boats

In Marsaxlokk bay!

In Marsaxlokk bay!

I was surprised about how small the village was, you walk it through in about 10 minutes haha (at least the central point of it). We were happy to find a street market along the bay with delicatess food, souvenirs and clothing. We bought a few traditional souvenirs and some more :) The Marsaxlokk Market has a long history. The market took place even before the sea side restaurants who sell delicious food especially the fish.

A merchandist from Senegal, we bought some really cool stuff from there to our living room, for a very good price! :)

A merchandist from Senegal, we bought some really cool stuff from there to our living room, for a very good price! :)

Then we thought about visiting Birzebúgga, which is close by. The bus only goes once per hour, so we had a stop at a small shore/beach nexto the stop and bath our feet (cold water) and picked some sea shells before heading there.

A small beach outside the busstop

A small beach outside the busstop

Picking out some sea shells for future handicraft work :)

Picking out some sea shells for future handicraft work :)

Birżebbuġa is a seaside resort not far from Marsaxlokk with a population of about 10.000. It is popular among Maltese holiday-makers, and it has some important archaeological sites, like Għar Dalam and ”Borg in-Nadur”. It also has an artificial sandy beach commonly known as ”Pretty Bay”.

We were really hungry when we got there, so we looked around on a few of the restaurants by pretty bay and chose one. And boom, delicious food!!! I had a veggie burger and Duilio had a big plate with different typical Maltesean traditional foods. I’ve never seen him so happy! He said it was the best he ever tasted, haha.

Duilio, superhappy with his plate with different traditional maltesean food.

Duilio, superhappy with his plate with different traditional maltesean food.

 

With our stomaches full we went to the beach and fell asleep right there. Lovely. The beach is a really nice beach for Malta (which has very few beaches with white sand), but the view is only nice from one side, if you look at the other side, you see big cargo ships and a big main power station just there. Quite interesting, but not paradise-alike, haha.

Zzzzzzz! Best siesta ever.

Zzzzzzz! Best siesta ever.

Pretty bay in Birzebugga!

Pretty bay in Birzebugga!

View over Pretty bay on the other side, with the cargo station.

View over Pretty bay on the other side, with the cargo station.

Well home, we enjoyed our last night on our balcony in Sliema. You know one of those moments when you really enjoy and love life? That’s how we felt.

Perfect evening at the balcony in Sliema!

Perfect evening at the balcony in Sliema!

I love you!

I love you! (Doing a pose we saw some other girl do at the beach with her hair, haha)

 

Malta – Mdina, Rabat and Búggiba

We started the day by taking the bus to Mdina, commonly called ”The Silent City” by natives and visitors. It is a small medieval town and has about 300 habitants. The town is surrounded by thick defensive walls and a wide moat, separating it from its nearest town Rabat.

When Malta was under the Roman Empire, the roman Governor built his palace here. Mdina lies on one of the highest points on the island Malta and as far away from the sea as possible, so it’s probably the first fortified city because of the strategic location. There are evidence of settlements in Mdina back to 4000 BC.

The streets of Mdina

The streets of Mdina

Hello!

Hello!

Streets in Mdina

Streets in Mdina

Wtf? Hahaha. Why put a childrens head there? It's creepy.

Wtf? Hahaha. Why put a childrens head there? It’s creepy.

Beautiful with the red flower.

Beautiful with the red flower.

Super catholic here. Statues in every corner.

Super catholic here. Statues in every corner.

The transport in Mdina

The transport in Mdina

The church that wanted us to pay 5 euros to go in. Nope.

The church that wanted us to pay 5 euros to go in. Nope.

We walked around for a few hours, visited some museums (glad it was included in the ticket, because it wasn’t worth 10 euros), bought some typical Mdina Glass-souvenirs and had the greatest lemon cheese cake I’ve ever had at a café just above the wall with a nice view over the farmlands beneath.

It is a super cozy little town, with narrow streets and all buildings of lime stone, as everywhere else. It has plenty of churches and viewpoints over Malta.

Visited the national museum of Mdina. This was the coolest thing. Haha.

Visited the national museum of Mdina. This was the coolest thing. Haha.

Enjoying our coffee (fika) with a nice view in Mdina!

Enjoying our coffee (fika) with a nice view in Mdina!

Some maltesean farmers :)

Some maltesean farmers :)

Love the small details.

Love the small details.

 

Later we walked to the nearest town Rabat. The name of the village is derived from the Arabic word for ”suburb”, as it was the suburb of the old capital Mdina.

We had some nice sweets from a vendor on the street, delicious small things. We just wanted to try a few of the local sweets, so we asked for 2 different kinds, and it costed 2 euro! Quite expensive we thought, but then we looked in the bag, and apparently you get 4 each of every kind, so it ended up being very price worth :)

In Rabat!

In Rabat!

Streets of Rabat

Streets of Rabat

A church that looks like a cirkus :)

A church that looks like a cirkus :)

Duilio, always investigating what things are and how they work..... this

Duilio, always investigating what things are and how they work….. this

Local sweets!

Local sweets!

The two sweats we chose :)

The two sweats we chose :)

Rabat is home to the famous Catacombs of St. Paul and of St. Agatha. These catacombs were used in Roman times to bury the dead as, according to Roman culture, it was unhygienic to bury the dead in the city Mdina and parts of Rabat were built on top of an ancient Roman city.

It was included in our multi-pass ticket. We got an audio-guide and walked around in the catacombs. Two catacombs are open to the public, but these are only a small part of the entire St. Pauls and St. Agatha’s complex. And still: It was huuuuge!

The first catacomb we visited was quite small, there are surgical tools carved in relief in one of the blocking stones in the inner chamber and they think that it was the burial place of a group of surgeons.

In the small catacombs, the carving suggests that there were a group of surgeons lying in this catacomb

In the small catacombs, the carving suggests that there were a group of surgeons lying in this catacomb

Then we walked down to the main complex, which covers an area of more than 2000 square metres! It is a extensive system of underground galleries and tombs dated from the fourth to the ninth centuries BC. Very interesting. I loved it!

Plenty of catacombs, if you watch closely you can even see that they have carved out "pillows" of stone in the tomb!

Plenty of catacombs, if you watch closely you can even see that they have carved out ”pillows” of stone in the tomb!

Main complex in St Pauls Catacombs

Main complex in St Pauls Catacombs

Discovering the many many graves in the catacombs

Discovering the many many graves in the catacombs

Catacombs everywhere

Catacombs everywhere

It was so fun to see some other tourist doing poses in front of the catacombs that me and Duilio had to make some of ourselves.  But seriously, who poses in catacombs? Hahahah.

This is Duilio, in St Pauls Catacombs

This is Duilio, in St Pauls Catacombs

This is me, in St Pauls Catacombs

This is me, in St Pauls Catacombs

Then we took a bus to the north of malta, to visit the town Bugibba in St Pauls Bay. Buġibba’s sea front is very popular, so we thought we would have a day on the beach….. but the beach was almost the worst beach I’ve ever seen, haha. It looked like a construction site.

But we enjoyed the sun, took a siesta, a bath (Duilios first one in the Mediterranean sea) and I read my book. (And hated in silence some really disturbing Maltesean that thought they owned the beach and were the most cool on earth, drinking beer and yelling to women around them ”fuck you bitches!!”).

At the beach in Búgibba

At the beach in Búgibba

When we got tired we walked along the sea walk and found some public toilets. Here in Malta there are really good free public toilets EVERYWHERE, it’s great!! :)

Then we stopped by a nice small food stand with a view over the bay and had some veggie burgers, french fries and cisk-beer. And reeeally really loved life.. Haha.

Duilio having a veggie burger in Búgibba

Duilio having a veggie burger in Búgibba

Enjoying Cisk :)

Enjoying Cisk :)

View over the bay in Bugibba

View over the bay in Bugibba (and the ”beach”)

On our way back with the bus along the coast, we decided to jump of at St Julians and walk around there. It’s very touristic with hotels, pubs, bars and shops. Lot’s of young people on the streets and a big party vibe. It’s nice but I’m glad we are not living there haha. :) Bought like 3 pairs of earrings. Love them!

St Julians at night

St Julians at night

 

Malta – Hypogeum, Tarxien, The 3 cities, Sliema and Valetta

Well, HELLO again!!!

It’s been a while!! Haven’t been traveling lately, just enjoying spending some time at home in Stockholm, Sweden. But as we say in Swedish ”det kliar i fingrarna” (sort of that my fingers started itching) meaning that I really wanted to do just a little trip to someplace new! So I gave my boyfriend this gift for his birthday – a trip to Malta! (He didn’t know anything about it until his birthday :)

So the 20th of may we flew to Malta – an island in the mediterranean sea, somewhere between Sicily and Tunisia. Malta’s location has given it great strategic importance throughout history. Phoenicians, Romans, Moorish, Normans, Aragonese, Habsburg Spain, Knights of St. John, French and the British have ruled the islands during different periods. Malta gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1964 and became a republic in 1974.

Malta is a quite big tourist destination because of its warm climate with crystal clear water and architectural and historical monuments. It has plenty of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and temples.

We landed in the evening, took a bus from the airport to our hotel in Gzira close to Sliema. The bus really went everywhere and we didn’t understand at all were we were, but we arrived well. The bus ticket fare is 1,50€  for a day, as many trips as you want, so it’s really nice!!

Arriving in Sliema!

Arriving in Sliema!

Our room!! :)

Our room!! :)

Our ”room” was much better then expected – I thought it was only going to be a hotel room, but it also had a living room, a kitchenette and a balcony, and bathroom of course. So we were happy! And really hungry. After packing up we went to find a restaurant which the receptionist had recommended, called ”Ta Kris”.

The entrance to the restaurant, it's in Sliema close to Zara.

The entrance to the restaurant, it’s in Sliema close to Zara.

The prices are ok, a little bit expensive at first. We chose the little cheaper options, I had a pasta with basil and tomato and Duilio had a maltese cuisine called ”Dad’s Famous Braggioli”….  and the food….. AMAZING!!! It was sooo goood. Fresh local food, and I don’t know what the heck they had done – but it was the greatest pasta sauce I’ve ever had. We spent about 20€ for two meals with a beer each and it was totally worth it.

Check it out – Ta Kris Restaurant – 80 Fawwara Lane, Sliema, Malta.

Duilio looks forward to eat his plate! Cheers with the local beer Cisk!

Duilio looks forward to eat his plate! Cheers with the local beer Cisk!

The greatest pasta I've ever tasted!!!!!

The greatest pasta I’ve ever tasted!!!!!

Having a Cisk at the balcony!

After dinner we enjoying another Cisk in our balcony! Cozy!

Day 2

Enjoying the breakfast buffet! Haha. We ate all we could!

Enjoying the breakfast buffet! Haha. We ate all we could!

View from the restaurant at our hotel

View from the restaurant at our hotel

We started early by enjoyed the hotels breakfast buffet – yummi yummi. Had everything. Then we went to the Hypogeum which I had booked tickets for long before. You have to be about 2 months ahead to get tickets there, and they cost 30€ each. :/
The Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum is an underground prehistoric burial site. Earliest remains at the site date back to about 4000BC, and the complex was used over a span of many centuries, up to c. 2500 BC. Cool place sure, but you couldn’t take any pictures and only walk around were they had a pavement, and also they only lit up only a few places at a time, if someone was in the way for you to see you missed it. So to me, it wasn’t really worth it.

Picture of the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum from Malta Heritage Site. Didn't look like this while you were there though since only a few parts were lit up at a time.

Picture of the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum from Malta Heritage Site. Didn’t look like this while you were there though since only a few parts were lit up at a time.

Went to the hypogeum. You are not allowed to take any pictures inside. :(

Went to the hypogeum. Just there, in the middle of a neighborhood! Haha

After the visit we went around in the streets in Paola and went to the Tarxien Temples that are quite close, thanks to a map. A funny thing here, nothing is marked out well! We got to the bus station closest to the hypogeum, which is a mayor site of interest, and there are no signs of where it is, you have to ask around how to get there. People here are super friendly, and everyone speaks english! Old ladies, men, teenagers. But there are not really any signs on the street of where the site is until you get to the same road where it is located.

They drive on the wrong side of the road!! Haha. Looks crazy!

They drive on the wrong side of the road!! Haha. Looks crazy!

Walking around on the streets

Walking around on the streets around Paola

We figured we would ”win” on buying a Malta Heritage Multi Ticket for 35€ each with entrances to all the places/museums/temples by Malta Heritage, instead of buying ”loose” entrances to the places we wanted to visit. Very good decision!!! All entrance fees are between 6-10 euros, and I would have gone quite mad at some sites since they didn’t live up to my expectations, but since they entered in the multi ticket (which as a value of 95€ if you visit all the places) – I didn’t mind so much. Hehe.

The Heritage Malta Multi Pass

The Heritage Malta Multisite Pass

The Tarxien Temples was built between 3600 and 2500 BC and re-used between 2400 and 1500 BC. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of six inscribed as ‘The Megalithic Temples of Malta’ in the World Heritage List and one of the largest and most complex of the prehistoric sites on the islands. Home to some of the best examples of prehistoric art which have survived the millennia. Sure a nice place, but much smaller then I thought, took less then 30 minutes to walk through.

The Tarxien temples, a UNESCO world heritage site, dated to approx 3150 BC.

The Tarxien temples, a UNESCO world heritage site, dated to approx 3150 BC.

Old water hole from 3150 BC, nowadays you can throw in a coin and make a wish :)

Old water hole from 3150 BC, nowadays you can throw in a coin and make a wish :)

Some nice engravements

Some of the parts left. Cute little whole there, looks like the big entrances to temples, but a mini version.

This alter is believed to be the place where they sacrified animals, due tu the stone gravings

This alter is believed to be the place where they sacrified animals, due tu the stone gravings

After the Tarxien temples we took the bus to The Three Cities, the harbor in front of Valetta. We visited Vittoriosa, an old fortified city in Malta, very pittoresque and sweet with narrow streets and all limestone buildings here as well as the rest of Malta. We bought some stones there for future jewelry and visited the The Inquisitor’s Palace and the Malta Maritime Museum. The Maritime Museum is nice but nothing I would pay 9€ to see if it wasn’t included in my ticket.

Walking around in Vittoriosa

Walking around in Vittoriosa

The Borgo himself in Vittoriosa!

The Borgo himself in Vittoriosa!

Old diving equipment - omg.. scary!! I'm glad I'm living this decade and using the modern equipment! (At the Malta Maritime museum)

Old diving equipment – omg.. scary!! I’m glad I’m living this decade and using the modern equipment! (At the Malta Maritime museum)

The Inquisitors Palace is the only one open to the public in the world and an architectural gem, representative of the chequered history and European heritage of the Maltese islands. It’s a former centre of power accountable directly to the Pope.  At first a little bit of a deception too, until we got to the prison complex and the torture chamber – where you can see some ”grafitti” from old prisioners – day counting, names and some images carved into the soft limestone. They also have put up som printed stories from the old prisioners that were released. So it was quite cool after all!

Nice place to hang out (The Inquisitor’s Palace).

Nice place to hang out…eh?? (The Inquisitor’s Palace).

A old prisioner was counting the days in the cell in the The Inquisitor’s Palace

A old prisioner was counting the days in the cell in the The Inquisitor’s Palace

Nice bathroom. You can see old rests of excrements along the wall, from the cell window down to the well.

Nice bathroom. You can see old rests of excrements along the wall, from the cell window down to the well.

Duilio trying out the cells bathroom.

Duilio trying out the cells bathroom…

Then we took a boat taxi over to Valetta - the capital city of Malta. It only lives about 7000 people there, and it’s quite small with a couple of main streets.  The city serves as the island’s principal cultural centre and its unique collection of churches and palaces.

Taking a boat taxi with this man over to Valetta!

Taking a boat taxi with this man over to Valetta!

Enjoying our little boat trip in the harbour area for  4€ each!

Enjoying our little boat trip in the harbour area for 4€ each!

We arrived by the water and climbed up for maaaany stairs to get up into the Upper Barraka Gardens. You could also pay 1€ to take the elevator. Funny, a woman came to us and asked for money, we thought it was a beggar at first, but she only wanted to change because the elevator only took 50 cents-coins or 1€ and she had everything in 10 and 20 cents haha. Then I realized – there are no beggars here and you don’t see homeless people either. Weird!

View from the Upper Barrakka gardens

View from the Upper Barrakka gardens

<3

<3

At the upper Barakka Gardens we had a couple of Maltesean pastizzes and pies, filled with chick peas and Ricotta-cheese. Delicious, and the pastizzes only cost 70cents and the pies 1,5€. We sat there for a while and then started to walk around Valetta.

In the upper barakka gardens where we had some snacks and beer

In the upper barakka gardens where we had some snacks and beer

Enjoying some pastizzes and lokal beer with a nice view over the city!

Enjoying some pastizzes and lokal beer with a nice view over the city!

We visited the The National Museum of Archaeology. It serves as a good introduction to prehistory and early history in Malta and puts Malta’s archaeological sites in context, but we were a little bit tired of seeing artifacts and tools.

Very cool timeline at the National Museum of Archaeology, showing about 2000 years of Malta

Very cool timeline at the National Museum of Archaeology, showing about 2000 years of Malta

Old tumb at the National Museum of Archaeology

Old tumb at the National Museum of Archaeology

Instead we walked around Valetta, which is also a UNESCO world heritage site and plenty of films like Troy, Gladiator, World War Z have been filmed here. We even found a leather craftsmen who made the costume to all those movies! Hehe. This city is quite weird, there are totally abandoned buildings with a super nice sea view, just next to some church.

For a second Duilio thought someone had stolen his sunglasses, but then we walked back a block and they were lying there on the ground. Malta is actually super safe, you can easily walk around with money and phones and camaras, you don’t feel like a target for robbery. It’s one of the safest countries in Europe. 

We bought some local sweets (honey rings) and went down to the wall that surrounds Valetta and enjoying the last sun of the day.

Tourists...... hahah

Tourists…… hahaha. (how many people can fit in a phone cabin?)

Sitting on the wall in Valetta with a view over to Sliema.

Sitting on the wall in Valetta with a view over to Sliema.

Traditional honey rings! Yummi.

Traditional honey rings! Yummi.

Reminds me of Roma :)

Reminds me of Roma :)

Churches and saints in every corner!

Churches and saints in every corner!

Cats are everywhere in Malta! The locals give them food so they seem well, even though they are everywhere.

Cats are everywhere in Malta! The locals give them food so they seem well, even though they are everywhere.

View over a roof, the dog and the cats starring at us. hehe.

View over a roof, the dog and the cats starring at us. hehe.

View over the ferry terminal in Valetta, and the wall were we were sitting before

View over the ferry terminal in Valetta, and the wall were we were sitting before

We thought we were lost until we saw this sign to the ferry haha. Generally things are not marked out so well here! Very important museums and archeological sites are just next to total regular neighbourhood, without any signs pointing them out until you reach the same street the site is at. Haha.

We thought we were lost until we saw this sign to the ferry haha.

So, this was the first days in Malta….. More to come!!

 

 

Coming home and celebrating Christmas in Sweden

The way back home went smoothly, it was just very long. I arrived early morning at the bus station in Sao Paolo the 17th, hung around for a few hours before heading to the airport where I did nothing for another few hours (about 10 hours) until I finally boarded the airplane. I fell asleep that same second. (I did wake up later to eat dinner and watch a movie too).

I changed flights in London, and hung with a half Brazilian- half italian drummer, Celso, who lived in Netherlands. He spoke portugese and I spoke Spanish (portuñol). I notice now that I really will miss the Portuguese! Then I had a few more hours before landing in Sweden.

And what do I see when I go out from the arrivals?? My favorite fencing girls, Carro, Sara and Jannica!! They had all bunk off work and school to meet me there, with a big Welcome home-sign and flowers. I was truly surprised! Of course the ones I expected was also there, my mother and my grandmother. Lovely! Couldn’t had asked for more. Well, yes, snow. Apparently this is one of the warmest winters ever, it’s like +6*C. A little bit sad actually to not have a white Christmas!

Finaste mötet på flygplatsen!

Finaste mötet på flygplatsen!

Came home to my apartment where I have two lodgers, a couple. And damn, it was messy. I barely recognized my own home, stuff everywhere, and my own stuff had been put away god knows where. Also, I had asked them to take out a package I sent when I left Argentina, and they hadn’t seen the letter from the post office, or the reminder letter… I arrived the 17 of December and the last date to pick up was the 20th of November… I quickly ran to the post office but the package had left back to Argentina. So 10 kg of winter clothes, bracelet-stuff, Christmas gifts, mates, souvenirs… And the post there isn’t really that reliable. I don’t know if I ever see that again. :(

I spent about 2 days trying to organize my home a little bit. Barely see my lodgers. But anyways, it felt good to be home! My own room, my own bed. :)

My kitchen - ah, I love!!

My kitchen – ah, I love!!

My christmas corner at home ;)

My christmas corner at home ;)

I took a shower and woooooow, such a great shower!! The water pressure is really hard (adjustable) and the water really hot (adjustable) – and the best thing of it all – neither the hot water or even the water never ends!! :)

I uploaded some pictures, and woooow, internet is really really super fast here!!! Can’t believe it. Haha. Also I have really missed spotify!

AND TO BE ABLE TO CROSS THE ROAD EASILY!! Haha. I went to the super market and it felt so weird that the cars stopped even before I had reach the zebra crossing – they knew I was crossing and stopped before to wait for me to cross. In south America they don’t even stop if you are on the zebra crossing before them, you have to run over between the cars that never slow down for you!

Another thing that feels weird – I can throw toilet paper in the toilet!! Haha… still about 50% of my toilet paper ends up in the paper bin anyways just because I’m used to it now.

Oh and one more thing – I have so much stuff and so much clothes! I can’t believe that all of this is mine. All furniture and all the things in this apartment. It’s really amazing how I can have all this. And so much clothes!! For the first time in a year I didn’t know what to wear – just because I had so many options!!

Anyway, it feels good to be home. I thought I was going to feel depressed about being back to the “cold” and the dark, but it feels great actually. I have missed home. It’s just that we are so spoiled. But sometimes that is good too ;)

Well.. That’s a small update of the first things that have chocked me when going back to Sweden. So what have I done then? Haha. I have had something planned for everyday!

On Friday I met up with some friends at Theodoras, then I slept over at Carros new apartment which is at walking distance from there. In the morning she invited me to have a birthday breakfast, yummi! We watched “Torka aldrid tårar utan handskar”, great Swedish tv-serie of 3 parts (we only saw 2).

Having a few beers and swedish potato chips before heading out to meet people :)

Having a few beers and swedish potato chips before heading out to meet people :)

Mime, me and Carro :)

Mime, me and Carro :)

Together with Adam, Sinan and my friend from Mexico Alejandro, and his friend.

Together with Adam, Sinan and my friend from Mexico Alejandro, and his friend.

Ran into Aston and Tomas at!

Ran into Aston and Tomas at!

Breakfast at Carros!

Breakfast at Carros!

Then I had to head back home to my mother, where I was going to celebrate my birthday with the whole family. She had it all Christmas decorated, so nice. Supergood food, dessert, gifts, company.

Birthday dinner at moms :) All very serious.. haha

Birthday dinner at moms :) All very serious.. haha

Hanging out at my mothers house at my Birthday

Hanging out at my mothers house at my Birthday

Next day, the 22nd, we celebrated Christmas Eve at my aunt, uncle and cousins house. They wont be at home for the regular Christmas, so we had glögg, Christmas lunch and gift opening for 7 hours the 22nd of December instead.

Our christmas tree and all our gifts. Took 7 hours to open them all!

Our christmas tree and all our gifts. Took 7 hours to open them all!

Having some glögg and pepparkakor, typical swedish christmas drink and sweats

Having some glögg and pepparkakor, typical swedish christmas drink and sweats

MmmmM!!!!!!!

MmmmM!!!!!!! Cheese, bread and crackers, sallad, sill…

MmmmmmMM!M!M!!!!!!!

MmmmmmMM!M!M!!!!!!! Some traditional swedish chrismas food :)

My plate! LOVE our veggie christmas food!!

My plate! LOVE that there is so much veggie christmas food!!

Christmas lunch!

Christmas lunch! The grown up table ;)

Can't really say this is the childrens table anymore since we are all over 18 years old, haha. But the youths table at least :)

Can’t really say this is the childrens table anymore since we are all over 18 years old, haha. But the youths table at least :)

Usually me and Tove (my cousin) are the same height. But then she decided to climb up a chair, leaving me alone, as the shortest one in our family.

Usually me and Tove (my cousin) are the same height. But then she decided to climb up a chair, leaving me alone, as the shortest one in our family.

The 23rd I worked at my old work, Ljud och Bildmedia. Also so much fun to be back and do something. It was also really calm and about a forth of the people that usually works there, since it’s Christmas time they have all taking vacations to visit their families around in Sweden.

After work I was invited over to Erik & Eriks for some julfika (christmas fika). They live really close to the work. We had some glögg and Swedish chocolate, soooo good. It is the best chocolate in the world. Erik also gave me a birthday gift – or better said two – DVDs that seem to be really good. SO SWEET!!

At Erik and Eriks house having some julfika!

At Erik and Eriks house having some julfika!

Eriks gifts for me!

Eriks gifts for me!

The 24th  of december I spent the whole morning cleaning my apartment, then I went over to my mothers, had a light lunch before heading to the super market to buy Christmas food for Duilio to try when he arrives. Then we watched Donald Duck (a tradition in Sweden), opened a few more gifts and had dinner.

Moms christmas tree with a few gifts for todays christmas ;)

Moms christmas tree with a few gifts for todays christmas ;)

At my mothers on Christmas Eve, having dinner, only us three. :)

At my mothers on Christmas Eve, having dinner, only us three. :)

Lightning a tomtebloss!

Lightning a tomtebloss!

Love them!!

Love them!!

Today, the 25th of December, my boyfriend Duilio arrives here in Stockholm! He has now a residence and working permit for 2 years! I have looked forward to this moment for soooo long now. Can’t believe it is actually happening!!

So yes, summa summarum, I went abroad for a year, and came back with the love of my life, who is literally leaving his whole life behind to come to live with my for a few years to start with. He will start a blog too where you can follow his journey instead ;)

Now it’s time to say good bye for this year.

I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new years!!!

Here comes a video of my family during Christmas, singing a ”snapsvisa”, a Swedish traditional drinking song.

 

Last stop: Paraty. It has everything!

When I arrived in Paraty I called my host Esteban which apparently was downtown close to the Rodoviaria (bus station) so I met him up there. He was sitting at a Turkish restaurant called Istanbul with his lovely daughter Luna, a cute and super happy baby. Another two from the collective works at this restaurant, Marcelo and Akki.

I met another girl there who also lived temporarily in the collective plus Anahi, Estbans girlfriend and Lunas mother. She is also from Barcelona :) So nice people. I also ran into Tracy that I was sharing dorm with in Ihla Grande, so we decided to meet at Istanbul tomorrow for some sightseeing together! Yeah, there is no internet or even cellphone reception at the collective so it was really a lucky coincidence that we could decide everything now :)

After a few hours at Istanbul it was time to take the van to their house, or better said, houses, that are just by the waterfalls in Penha, They have one house where the ones in the community lives and another for couchsurfers. :)

I went to the couchsurfing house called “Refugio Do Sonho” (Refuge of dreams) and left my stuff there and met Chico who lives there plus couchsurfer Marlene and Marion. Then I went up to the other house, “Oasis Mundo”. The house is supercool and colorful.  When they moved in they said “let’s not buy any furniture, but make it ourselves!” and so they have. Almost everything built-in the house is of recycled materials like fruitboxes. This together with a mix of imported fabrics from India makes it really cozy. They have a little store  where they sells things from India too. I bought a really nice skirt. :)

A part of the store in their house. :)

A part of the store in their house. :)

We had a delicious dinner that Khan, the chef from the restaurant Istanbul, prepared for us. We had some hookah and homemade tea and talked for hours about education, dreams, believes, travels. A nice mix of people from everywhere.  Khan has been living here for 7 years now, has a Brazilian daughter of 3 together with a german girl. Cool :)

After dinner

After dinner with Anahi and Akki from Spain, Esteban from Argentina and Khan from Turkia

The town of Paraty is located on the Bay of Ilha Grande, which is dotted with many tropical islands. Rising up as high as 1,300 meters behind the town are tropical forests, mountains, and waterfalls. It is the southernmost and westernmost city in Rio de Janeiro state.

From the house you hear the waterfalls loudly. At first I didn’t notice because it was raining outside, but when they told me it was the waterfalls – then wow. Amazing. This neighborhood, Pena, is on the country side, where the jungle meets the mountains. The famous gold trail passes by right through here. It’s where the slaves carried gold from the state Minas Gerais to Paraty for exportion to Portugal in the 18th and 19th century.

Next day supposed to take the 9.20 van to town but another guy from the community, Eduardo and actually Brazilian, was going downtown so I joined him. I met up with Tracy and we walked towards the historical town. It looked cloudy but then the sun really started to shine and we were happy about that.

No cars or trucks are allowed in this part of town, the historical district, only foot traffic or bicycles. Horses is a very common sight in Paraty and are frequently used all around the city.

We walked towards the peer and looked at the boats…

The church

The church

Have to be careful when you walk on the streets!! Haha.

Have to be careful when you walk on the streets!! Haha.

Very common to see horses here

Very common sight

Really like this picture. There is so much going on!

Really like this picture. There is so much going on!

Haha

Haha… that girl just realized she was going to be in the picture! Hahaha..

And since Paraty is famous for it’s  islands (and the waterfalls) we decided to go on one boat for 20 reales that stopped in 4 different places.

It was a reeally nice ride. We were so happy about the nice weather, it had been raining the last 3-4 days. We bought a few beers and sat and listened to the live music onboard (yeah!), had some free fruit and coffee, and when we stopped, we jumped in the water and got to the beaches. I really enjoy Tracys company, it was a long time ago that I laughed so much in someones company. She is superfun.

Down the peer. Colorful boats (but this ones are more expensive, a guy tried to sell us a private boat ride for 120 reales... hmmmm... haha)

Down the peer. Colorful boats (but this ones are more expensive, a guy tried to sell us a private boat ride for 120 reales… hmmmm… haha)

Me and Tracy happy with our beers at the boat :)

Me and Tracy happy with our beers at the boat :)

The historical center from the boat

The historical center from the boat

At the boat we were both looking at the guide that was talking in Portuguese in the microphone., he was sitting behind us so our heads where fully turned to him. Then one guy sitting in front of us pokes me and points to the other side of the boat. There was a man, showing the safety procedures of the life vest. Hahaha. We had both been looking at the guide and trying to understand so hard what he was saying when he apparently just was giving the instrucitons that this other man was showing, and that everybody else was looking at. Yes, we were the only non-brazlians on the boat… Oh, I laughed until I cried haha.

I really like her way of thinking too. For example, she is very afraid of water, but still, she is like “I will jump from the boat. Yes. I AM going to jump!” even if she is terrified, she does it with a little scream and afterwards a big and excited smile. :) Tough girl!

Tracy jumping in with her spaguetti!

Tracy jumping in with her spaguetti!

Only Brazilians on the boat!

Only Brazilians on the boat!

 

Haha!

Haha!

This is life!

This is life!

Tracys pic of us! :)

Tracys pic of us! :)

 

Feeling happy!

Feeling happy!

We were both so happy that we had our bikinis under our clothes, because we really had not planned on going to something like this! We had no towels or sun factor or anything, which resulted in a tomato-red Tracy in the end of the day, haha.

We got back to Paraty around 16 and it was all cloudy there. We walked around the historical center. Paraty has maintained many of its historic buildings. Much of the architecture of the city has not changed for 250 years or more.

It reminds me so much of south of spain with the white houses and cobblestoned streets.  There are plenty of nice boutiques and handy craft stands. ‘

Love the balloons!! Got a little one :) But I want it like this in my home!

Love the balloons!! Got a little one :) But I want it like this in my home!

The hisotircal town

The hisotircal town

Hehe. Yes. Tracy took a picture too...

Hehe. Yes. Tracy took a picture too…

Canoe on the river in Paraty, out to the bay...

Canoe on the river in Paraty, out to the bay…

The river in Paraty

The river in Paraty

We ran into Marcelo, Marta and Marion from the collective there and they recommended a place called Quile Verde for lunch… greeeeat food! I had a eggplant with parmesan cheese, rice and french-fries… it was delicious. We shared a beer and literally sat down there and talked for hours before saying farewell.

And by the way, so many crabs!!! Just like that. And they are so weird, they only have one hand! Haha.

Dinner

Lunch/Dinner at Quile Verde.

Such a ugly crab!

Such a ugly crab! With one hand!

Got back home with the 21 van, met Marlene on it, one of the couchsurfers in the community. At home we and Chico and Marion sat down at “our” kitchen and had some fresh pineapple-juice and home-made bread with butter and talked for a while. So nice to just hang out with interesting people!

Next day we woke up and guess what – there was sunshine again! I finally managed to dry my towel and bathing clothes I got with me from Ihla Grande. We had to move out from the house because some previous owners needed it for the weekend or something like that.

The garden where they plant a little bit of everyhing

The garden where they plant a little bit of everyhing

The view from the house

The view from the house

The kitchen and livingroom. Look at the furniture!! love it!

The kitchen and livingroom. Look at the furniture!! love it!

Marion, Luna and Anahi

Marion, Luna and Anahi

Luna!

Luna!

Nice!!

Nice!!

We left our stuff at Oasis Mundo and hanged a little bit there before heading to the waterfalls. There is one just outside the door, but there are many more and bigger just a few minutes walk, like Cachoeira de Tobogao. Marcelo, Marion and me went there and looked at people sliding down the waterfalls. We didn’t dare to do it, since it was Saturday there were a lot of other locals there watching, haha. We sat there for a while talking and watching people, hehe.

The bridge over the waterfalls

The bridge over the waterfalls

Walking to the waterfalls

Walking to the waterfalls

Sliding down the waterfall Cachoeira de Tobogao!

Sliding down the waterfall Cachoeira de Tobogao!

Heeey! haha. Looks like Marion is holding a stick in her hand!

Heeey! haha. Looks like Marion is holding a stick in her hand but it’s just the bridge! Haha

When we got back to the house Esteban and Anahi were going downtown with their van, so we went there. I had a delicious falafel at Istanbul (Marcelo made it for me :) and then me and Marion went to a internet café and then for a walk around the historical center.

In the van :)

In the van :)

On the streets in the historical center

On the streets in the historical center

Horse in the end of the alley :)

Horse in the end of the alley :)

The sugarcane thingy

Making sugarcane-juice!

Finally had my first sugarcane-drink! It is superpopular here, and it was really good! Should have tasted it before! haha

Finally had my first sugarcane-drink! It is superpopular here, and it was really good! Should have tasted it before! haha

We went home in the afternoon, had a shower and tasted different brazilians beers we bought in the supermarket earlier. Since it was my last Saturday I really wanted to go out in the center, the only problem is the transport, last bus leaves at 21.40 and first bus comes back about 6 in the morning… And when you live in a collective and there are a lot of nice people around , it’s easy to stay at home too haha. We were about 10-15 people there and we had carpirinhas and dinner together and stayed up talking until late.  Really nice evening anyhow!

Zé preparing carpirinhas while Marion is baking bread! Hehe

Zé preparing carpirinhas while Marion is baking bread! Hehe

Carpirinhas!

Carpirinhas!

Always people and movement :)

Always people and movement :)

Next day I was leaving at night. I had no plans for the day what so ever, just to visit a market in the evening. It turned out to be a nice sunny day too, and Eduardo asked if I wanted to join to the beach in Trindade with him and Marion. Perfect!

We walked through some trails and beaches until we got to some natural rock formations and pools there. At first we climbed up at a rock, we had to pass by the water to get there and we had water up to our chest and got all soaking wet haha, but it dried in a few minutes on the rock.. yes, it got to hot  there when the sun was bursting, so later we went down to the water and the shadow for some swim and feeding the fishes, hehe.  I would never have found that place if I wasn’t with a local, so cool with couchsurfing.

Walking throug the beaches on our way there

Walking throug the beaches on our way there

Hello on my LAST DAY OF SUN!!!

Hello on my LAST DAY OF SUN!!!  And look at the amazing forest behind!!!

Looks magical! Like a whale or something!

Looks magical! Like a whale or something!

View from the stone

View from the stone

Haha. So fun with group pictures when you don't know if you are going to fit in the picture or not! Hahaha

Haha. So fun with group pictures when you don’t know if you are going to fit in the picture or not! Hahaha

Feeding the fishes!

Feeding the fishes!

Marions pic of us looking at the fishes, haha!

Marions pic of us looking at the fishes, haha!

What?? I had no idea that this was inside the snailhouses on the rocks!! Haha. I thought it was snails!

What?? I had no idea that this was inside the snailhouses on the rocks!! Haha. I thought it was snails!

On our way back we stopped by Eduardos boat which he is fixing for future scuba dives. So cool. We had a coffee there and relaxed and then it was time to head back home for a shower, and to pack my backpack for the last time.

At Eduardos future scuba-boat! So nice!

At Eduardos future scuba-boat!

Sunset at the marina

Sunset at the marina

The adorable kid Miguel, he looks like Mowgli!

Ah, Miguel doing a funny face ;) He is adorable!  Reminds me of Mowgli!

Since my bus was leaving at 23.30, we had a few hours in town. We ate at Istanbul agan and then we visited a second hand market, nothing cool left haha. We walked around the historical center. So much live music and people hanging out on the streets everywhere. Really cool. I will miss this so much!!! We grabbed a beer and sat outside a bar with a local forron band.

Second hand market

Second hand market

The streets in the historical center, a sunday afternoon. Love!!

The streets in the historical center, a sunday afternoon. Love!!

The band that played Forron

The band that played Forron

The last minutes in Paraty before taking the night bus. We asked this other girl if she could take a picture of us, but she wanted to be in it. Haha. :)

The last minutes in Paraty before taking the night bus. We asked this other girl if she could take a picture of us, but she wanted to be in it. Haha. :)

Wow. This has truly been an amazing journey.

And it could not have ended better.

In a great city with great company.

Byyyyeeeee!!!!!