Classic things

It is true to say that Frank Sinatra’s version of “The girl from Ipanema” played on an almost semi continuous loop while I explored the songs inspirational suburb, I had barely heard the song before I arrived in Rio, but for some reason I couldn’t get the chorus out of my head as I strolled…

Brazilian inspired

I can’t say I accomplished a great deal in Rio, I spent time at the beaches, visited no museums or historical venues and in spite of my personal safety based paranoia I found myself having a good time. Enjoying the sub-tropical warmth, the mostly empty, just out of season beaches and the relaxed vibe the…

EAT RIO Tom’s tour

Tom explains the premise of his food tour quite well, he wants the tour experience to be like a friend of a friend is showing you around a city they live in. And he nails that description perfectly with a mix of professionalism and approachability that delivers an excellent and enjoyable six hours of food…

Paranoia in Rio de Janeiro

Of all the places we had the plan to visit this year none of them concerned me as much as Rio de Janeiro, it is the first city I visited where I have had to search for safe places to stay and visit rather than just picking a relatively central locale at random. Rio recently hosted…

12 hours in Ouro Preto

Having taken the time to investigate the Belo Horizonte bus station yesterday I knew which ticket office I needed to go to buy my ticket to Ouro Preto, with buses every half hour I took the calculated risk of not needing to pre book my ticket. I did however pre purchase my ticket from Ouro…

The Minas touch

The market in Belo Horizonte is a maze of shops and stalls one that I was very happy to have a local showing me around, I didn’t need the help navigating so much but more to help explain the local produce and to talk with some of the shop keepers when she found something specifically…

Pao de queijo

The first impression I had of Belo Horizonte had been gleaned the moment I stepped out of the taxi into the tropical feeling downtown, the pedestrian street where my hostel was located was not far away, the pretty cobbled street was lined with boutiques and the pedestrians on it looked approachable, perhaps the perfect scene…

Beautiful horizon

My stomach turned a little as the plane was touching down into Belo Horizonte, I sat uneasily in my airplane seat, the seatbelt wasn’t too tight, the tray was stowed and the seat was in an upright position. The flight had been smooth into and out of the transit stop in San Paolo and really…

Córdoba

Argentina’s second city isn’t a particularly compelling place, sure it’s an interesting city to spend some time, Argentina’s first university was built here, and littered around town there are some grand facades and many old university buildings to look at, a good free walking tour is available that helps to give some local context to…

Mendoza

The road through the vineyards is a dusty tan coloured, if I scuff my feet a little the light breeze whisked the ensuing scuffle away towards the vines nearby. The ground underneath the vines smells earthy and moist, the clumps of grass and rustic poles suspending the vines remind me that this vineyard is an…

Pan American cuisine

Sitting inside a restored traditional house in the Villa Crespo district of Buenos Aires I was pretty sure I had made a good choice for dinner. The napkins were well starched and folded crisply, the tables poorly lit and simply decorated, the walls were tastefully decorated with a few features to catch the eye. The…

Before arrival

Before I arrived in Argentina I had a very narrow view of Argentine food, my line of thought extended little beyond beef, empanadas and Malbec. Having spent only a few days here already I can extend that list to include milanesas, dulce de leche and even Argentine style pizzas to the list of foods I…