Valparaiso (Valpo for short) is hilly, colourful, artsy, bohemian and above all interesting.
He strolled over to take our order, a wide smile on his rugged, stubbled face, reminiscent of a young Patrick Swayze in Point Break, I noted.
Day One: We arrived in Rio after a 25 hour bus journey to welcoming blue skies and sunshine.
I’d been wanting to go and have a proper look around Plaza de Mayo and see Casa Rosada since reading about the “disappeared” and the Madras of the Plaza de Mayo.
This morning we said an emotional goodbye to our brother, sister and niece and left Uruguay for what we thought would be the final time, to begin our adventures in Brazil.
1. You hate it…
La Boca is a notoriously dangerous neighbourhood in the South-East of Buenos Aires and after reading reports of violent muggings I was quite honestly shitting myself about going.
I arrived at the time that he’d said, on the corner of the street that he’d specified but our guy was late. I waited nervously…
This time last year I would have been trying to enjoy my last few days of the holidays before having to go back to work.