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How do you get the cash together to go travelling?

»Posted by on Jun 29, 2012 in Travel Blog, Travelling reflections | 0 comments

When I first went overland to Kathmandu I was just 19 years old and it was the adventure of a lifetime. How did I finance it? Well I got a job during the summer holidays after my first year at university. About six weeks doing a clerical job in a bank in the City – that was enough to get me from London to Kathmandu via Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. It had been my dream to do this ever since I can remember.   “You said you’d try to look for the end of the road. You might find out later that the road’ll end in Detroit. Honey, the road’ll even end in Kathmandu.” Cry Baby, Janis Joplin.   There is supposedly a financial crisis in the world today, but to see the number of travelers who pass through here with...

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Studying permaculture in Brazil before coming to the Iguassu Falls on the way to Bolivia

»Posted by on Apr 19, 2012 in Travel Blog, Travelling reflections | 0 comments

Sofia and Santiago, a couple from Spain, gave up their jobs in Holland order to travel in the South American sunshine for a few months and recently passed through Foz do Iguassu and the hostel. They took the opportunity to study permaculture, a fascinating subject around the issue of sustainability, on their arrival, and loved the Falls as they made their way to the Pantanal and then to Bolivia. Here is their story: Our travels started in Amsterdam few months ago, we loved this city but the weather made us to think about a break in a sunny place. We saved some money, we left our jobs and we travelled by car to Spain, passing through Paris and the north of Spain and after Xmas we took a plane across the Atlantic Ocean. Permaculture We arrived at Arraial D´Ajuda...

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‘Following your heart’ on a delayed three month honeymoon in South America

»Posted by on Apr 10, 2012 in Itaipu Dam, Travel Blog, Travelling reflections | 0 comments

Two veteran travellers recently passed through our hostel. One of the remaining travel dreams of Ilan & Shalhevet was to visit South America and their stay in Foz do Iguassu turned out to be a ‘spectacular highlight’ of their journey. They organised their lives, and left their work, to accomplish this as part of a promised ‘delayed honeymoon’.  Their reflections on travelling, which are based on genuine experience, give sound advice for others. This is their South American tale: We are a couple who has been married for nearly 3 years, and we have been travelling in South America for the last 3 months as part of a delayed honeymoon. The visit to the Iguassu Falls marks the end of our trip as next Sunday we are leaving the...

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Gap year volunteer work in La Paz gives insight into South America

»Posted by on Mar 31, 2012 in Travel Blog, Volunteer Work | 0 comments

Two German girls who are doing volunteer work with street children in La Paz, Bolivia spent some time at the hostel in Foz do Iguassu during their holidays. It is a Gap Year experience for them which has turned out to be most memorable for them. Gap Years can be such an insightful time and a great learning experience for teenagers, and Maite and Anna’s story highlights just how true this can be. Here is their tale: After finishing school every teenager has the same question in mind: what’s next? In our case we decided the best thing we can do is go somewhere and experience something totally different. Another culture, another language, another country, another continent. Then we ended up in Bolivia for a volunteer work (service) in La Paz. Volunteer work...

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Cycling tour in South America passes through our hostel in Foz do Iguassu

»Posted by on Mar 30, 2012 in Cycling, Travel Blog, Travelling reflections | 0 comments

As a keen cyclist myself (my 30 year old Claude Butler is my prize possession) I was delighted to meet Ronald and Renate who passed through Foz do Iguassu and stayed briefly at our hostel. They are cycling their way through South America – it is an original and uncommon way to go. But cycling of course does take you to places that other travellers are unlikely to ever discover.  South American drivers aren’t too cycle friendly (as I myself know only too well here in Brazil) and at times they had to abandon their bikes and take them onto the bus. But their determination and staying power have brought them many rich experiences. They clearly love travelling. Here is their story: I am Ronald from Holland. I have been injected with the travelling virus for over...

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Volunteer work in a Favela in Sao Paolo leading to a unique perspective on Brazil

»Posted by on Mar 30, 2012 in Favela, Travel Blog, Travelling reflections, Volunteer Work | 0 comments

Julian from Bern in Switzerland has always dreamt of travelling in South America, and he passed through our hostel in Foz do Iguassu after spending several months doing volunteering work in a favela in Sao Paolo & studying in Asuncion in Paraguay. His experiences on the continent are those felt by a true traveller who takes time getting to know a place. He writes movingly of a ‘feeling of liberty’ from being on the road. Here is his story and details of some of the things that have moved him the most: Spending a long time term in South America, working and travelling, was always in my mind whilst I was at school. This idea got stronger after I spent three months living and going to school in Asuncion, Paraguay. With some luck and the right...

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