26 Aug 2012
in Family Gap Year, Foodie Central, Top Experiences
Tags: Boipeba, eel, Fish, Ilha Grande
I’ve always wanted to fish and any time I see a fishing trip on a board I ask my parents but they just say ‘No, we’ve already booked a snorkelling trip’ or something like that!
I had a brief chance at fishing in Ilha Grande but it was off a boat and I didn’t catch anything. On Boipeba we met some Americans and some Brits and before the snorkelling trip the manager of our Pousada gave us fishing line and hooks so we tried but lost a weight.
Then a local fisherman helped us and brought us prawns as bait but that didn’t work. After saying goodbye to our new friends there was a man standing on the rocks who had a big net!!! He threw the net in and pulled it up with thousands of little fish. Me and Zoe grabbed lots of them and we talked to the fisherman in sign language.
After that there was another local fisherman who we followed to his fishing spot. We stood about 3 metres apart. He showed me how to throw it in. You spin it round your head and then you let go in the direction that you want it to go. It goes pretty far as it has a weight on the end.
22 Aug 2012
in Family Gap Year
Tags: Ilha Grande, Wi-Fi
I awoke today to the sound of rain. Coming from the UK this is something that I should be used to but it felt different, maybe in the way that a holiday cocktail tastes great on the beach but when you try and recreate it at home it is just not the same but more likely it is because for the first time in a month on our gap year we can really relax.
South America, Brazil and especially some of cities we have visited have a reputation for KRE (A joyful new TLA we recently discovered for ‘kidnap, ransom and extortion’!) as well as petty everyday crime like mugging, pick pocketing etc. While I am sure there is an increased threat and these things do happen only bad news sells newspapers (maybe it is our fault in wanting to read about other people’s misfortunes as apparently only 30% of reporting is good news!) and you don’t hear about the many fantastic, friendly, helpful people you meet.
10 Aug 2012
in Family Gap Year
Tags: Ben, Brazil, Ilha Grande, Lara, Paraty, Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Zoe
We’ve just taken off on a flight out of Rio, on our way to Brasilia, with fabulous views over Sugarloaf and the many bays and islands of the city. It’s exactly 4 weeks since we arrived in Rio and began our family gap year! The time has flown!
Copacabana beach, Sugarloaf to the right of the wing and Christ the Redeemer sits atop the peak on the right of the pic with his head in the clouds!
We didn’t expect to stay in Rio de Janeiro state for a month. To be truthful, (and to the horror of many of our friends) we didn’t have much planned for Brazil at all
06 Aug 2012
in Adventure, Education & Schooling, Family Gap Year, Kids Stuff, Photos, Top Experiences
Tags: Ilha Grande, Lopes Mendes
This is me, Daddy and Ben ready to go on an adventure to Lopes Mendes beach. We took a rucksack because we need water, long trousers and mossie spray too.
Ready to go
27 Jul 2012
in Education & Schooling, Family Gap Year, Kids Stuff
Tags: Brazil, Ilha Grande, Lara, lara interview
Dad, Ben and Zoe have just left for an ambitious 2.5 hour hike across the island. It’s a chance for Mum and Lara to do a blog and have some quality time! We begin with a small bribe!
Mum : Lara come and do an interview with me and then we’ll have some chocolate!!
Lara : Ok Mum, come on sit down! Are we going to have MY chocolate?
Mum : Yes, after we’re done! Do you know where Ben and Zoe have gone with Dad?
Lara : they’ve gone! ….. More
25 Jul 2012
in Adventure, Education & Schooling, Family Gap Year, Health & Fitness, Safety
Tags: Health, Ilha Grande, Survival skills
Update – Video added at end.
Keeping Ben, Zoe and Lara alive, fit and healthy is our top priority. As kids they are inquisitive, independent and prone to getting distracted by anything that looks fun or interesting. Within minutes of our arrival on Ilha Grande Ben had caught the biggest ant you never wanted to see. I am pretty sure Ben hasn’t been bitten by ants as he was super confident. I then imagined him playing with a local spider which may not be as harmless as our homegrown Daddy Long Legs More
23 Jul 2012
in Family Gap Year, Tips, Top Experiences, Travelling
Tags: Angra dos Reis, Costa Verde, Ferry, Ilha Grande, Rio de Janeiro
We are on the island of Ihla Grande about 2 hours bus ride and an hour ferry West from Rio. A big and welcome change in scene from a bustling metropolis to an unspoilt island population 6100. Our 2nd apartment in Rio was in Copacabana about 10 minutes from the beach and surrounded on 3 sides by favelas (extremely poor and often dangerous districts) just a couple of blocks away. I am not sure if the constant police car presence on the corner of the small park outside our door was reassuring or a warning?
Our view on Ihla Grande