Tuesday 22 October 2013

4 countries in 24 hours!

Day 12: 2013 Autumn Travels [Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina à Uruguay]

I’d reached the halfway point of my trip so it was great to mark it by doing an incredible feat and visiting four countries within 24 hours – not many people can say they’ve achieved that!

After having breakfast (including some dulce de leche, caramel, paste) in our Brazilian hotel, we headed to Paraguay for some tax-free shopping!  Paraguay is a poor landlocked country in South America, sometimes called “Corazón de América (Heart of America) due to its location.  On the way, our bus driver taught us some of the indigenous Guarani language.

Paraguay was busy and full of street vendors and market stalls.

I went techno and bought some iPod speakers and an iPad keyboard, unleashing my Spanish and negotiation skills on the locals!

Then we headed back to Brazil where we stocked up on snacks (including Brazil nuts!) for our upcoming 15 hour overnight bus ride through Argentina into Uruguay.

A cheeky ice-cream at the bus station (dulce de leche and fruit) was a delicious good-bye to Brazil before boarding our countryside bound double-decker bus...

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