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Iguassu Falls kicks Niagara’s A$$

Monday, March 31st, 2008

 Iguassu Falls

With 275 separate waterfalls and 23 kilometres of foaming water, Iguassu Falls is about as spectacular as it gets.  The falls lie on the border of Argentina and Brazil, so to truly see Iguassu, a visit to each country is pretty much mandatory. Despite horror-filled memories of jet boating in Niagara Falls (Mel), we decided to board a speedboat to go under the falls – and we do mean, under the falls.

Under the FallsBrel at IguassuIguassu

More FallsWe promise we won’t upload pics of all 275 fallsWhere’s Ollie?

The Planet Eye Global Nomad

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Some of you may not know that there is actually more than one blog being written about this trip.

Since January, Brendan has been writing for a new travel website called Planet Eye, as their “Global Nomad.” The blog is a collection of travel tips, tricks and insights from an experienced traveller, and is completely free of pictures of Mel with flowers on her breasts.

One cool thing about Planet Eye is their mapping and geotagging technology, which is used in all website elements, from photos to reviews–all of it is placed on a clickable, zoomable world map, including any of our (particularly good) photos that have been uploaded to the site. Planet Eye has even supplied us with a GPS device that records where on earth we are at all times, and embeds the data in all our photos. Cool!

Check it out at Planet

and of course, check out Brendan’s blog as the Global Nomad here.

Planet Eye Belize Map

Important Brazilian Stuff-brought to you by the letter C

Sunday, March 30th, 2008
Where the cachaca fun begins…  Cachaca – Ever indulged in a caipirinha? Well it ain’t a capairinha without cachaca. Brazil’s answer to rum, cachaca is a sugar-cane liquor that basically goes down like burning gasoline – even ... [Continue reading this entry]

Happy Easter!

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008
Hot-Cross Bun Fun  ...from the world's largest Catholic country.  Brel

Lessons learned on the road…Brazil

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008
sshhh… don’t tell Mel’s parents
  1.  Public displays of affection are not only the norm in Rio, they’re kinda expected.  Sadly for B, Mel still hasn’t come ‘round.
  2. When driving in Brazil, feel free to create your own lane ... [Continue reading this entry]

A Darker Side of Rio

Friday, March 21st, 2008
Rocinha As we live it up in beautiful Rio, the reality of how much of the population here lives is never far away. Favelas, the slum areas of Brazil, dot the countryside – ... [Continue reading this entry]

Thanks to recent Brel supporters and friends

Friday, March 21st, 2008
Brel on the Boat Although this blog had started primarily as a way to chronicle our trip, stay in touch with our friends and family, and keep Mel occupied when Brendan was doing work, it has grown ... [Continue reading this entry]


Thursday, March 20th, 2008
Brel-gliding Note to Mel’s parents: don’t worry, we come out of this alive and well.  Ok, we’ve officially lost all sense of reason (if B ever had any….)  Today we ... [Continue reading this entry]

Budget Crunch

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008
For all of you who’ve been reading our blog with envy, you’ll be pleased to know that we have made the difficult decision to reduce our lifestyle...albeit reluctantly. Gone are the beachfront hotels with rooftop pools, the bottles of wine, ... [Continue reading this entry]

Sailing – Part 2

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008
We have, at long last, returned to land. As we look back on our week aboard the Tocorime (the same ship used in an episode of the Amazing Race, by the ... [Continue reading this entry]

Tall Ship Sailing in Brazil – Part 1

Sunday, March 16th, 2008
We knew it would eventually happen: the transition from vacation to travel. We are currently sailing on an old-school wooden tall ship, along the coast of Brazil. Adventure: yes; luxury: not so much. After getting her ... [Continue reading this entry]

Beer Bottles, Cups of Urine and Dead Chickens – and Football, of course

Friday, March 7th, 2008
Soccer Brazil-style While Brazil may have more Catholics than anywhere else in the world, the real religion here is football – not the NFL kind, but soccer. So of course, we had to take in ... [Continue reading this entry]

Copa, Copacabana….

Friday, March 7th, 2008

It is 39 degrees under a hot, hot sun. Perfectly tanned and toned bodies in string bikinis surround us. Miles of white sand beach stretch before us. We sip caipirnhas while listening to ... [Continue reading this entry]