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Having lost my blog from back then I discovered that a lot of entries still exist on Facebook. So here is what I have recollected:
February 10th, 2010: Carnaval in Vitoria
After a Thursday clubbing night in Vitoria it was finally Carnaval weekend! Late but ultimately we received our costumes. The event started already Friday at around 10pm but we needed to sleep a little bit and then hurried to the venue. It was already very busy with all the samba schools and groups getting prepared for their turns.

Remark 2018: Watch where we are – the proof from Brazilian television:

Each of the Samba schools of the region had one hour to present itself. They composed own music that was played by their own orchestra and dancing by the various groups. Ultimately every school got rated and a winner declared.
Remark 2018: The festivities went on all night until the next noon but at 8 am we were so exhausted we had to go to bed.
February 6th, 2010: Inside the Samba school
Friday afternoon we went to the Samba school of Vila Vilha do get our costumes for the carneval parade. The place was bustling with activity.
It was not really clear to us what was happening and why, but in the end we managed to get our dresses.

Barcelona is more than only a city. With the green massif of Collserola rising above the city, the Montjuic hill and the smaller Parque de Ciutadella it has very attractive green lungs.

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Having lost my blog from back then I discovered that a lot of entries still exist on Facebook. So here is what I have recollected:

February 4th, 2010: Sightseeing in Rio
Wednesday we spent a very hot day visiting the tourist sights of Rio.
First we went up the hills by mini-bus to inspect the famous statue of Jesus.
Next we went up the sugar loaf mountain by cable-car.
Both trips offered spectacular views over the city, the hills and the sea.

View to the local airport: Santo Dumas

February 5th, 2010: Trip to Vitoria
Flight #4 – Airline #2 – Airports #6 and #7
Flight number 4 took us from Rio‘s Santo Dumas Airport to Vitoria.
It was a short flight of only 40 minutes, but the start was impressive as the runway heads directly towards the famous sugar loaf mountain.
Gustavo rented a Camarote for all the visitors and his family. A Camarote is a sort of VIP lounge directly overlooking the Samba road where the carneval takes place.
Of course it needs to be stocked with the usual supplies, so we went there in the afternoon to deliver drinks and food.

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In 2008 on day 11.5 after having been together for 11.5 years we got married on a boat in Amsterdam. So today we will be celebrating! Have a nice weekend!


Having lost my blog from back then I discovered that a lot of entries still exist on Facebook. So here is what I have recollected:
January 30th, 2010, Brazilian BBQ
After a mixed night out (cosy bar first (yeah), club with house music later (yuck)), we had a good nights sleep after travelling and the preparation stress at home.
After completing our beauty sleep Chris colleague Rafael picked us up for a nice brunch with Brazilian specialities together with Eva and Patrick a German/Brazilian couple living in Sao Paulo. Eva is actually from Herne (neighbouring town of Chris hometown) – as we all know the world is a village.
After stuffing us with all the sweet goodies on offer, we headed to the supermarket to buy some beers – since we were invited to a surprise birthday party.
It turned out to be an open air BBQ with lots of meet and beer – thanks Cleide for making us feel so welcome!
February 1st, 2010, Welcome to Ipanema beach
After a short flight from Sao Paulo we arrived in Rio de Janeiro where we stay in a flat of a Dutch friend close to Ipanema beach.
The view is from our balcony – taken seconds before we marched out to have a bath in the warm waters of the Atlantic.
Oh, it‘s a hard life!
February 2nd, 2010, 2nd day in Ipanema
Just finished with breakfast on the 14th floor with a view over Rio.
Now ready to do a little work-out to stay in shape and then off to the beach again.
As you can see we have a very busy day!
PS 2018: We were in Brazil with our friend Gustavo. He invited us and a group of other Spaniards to join him and celebrate Carnival in his hometown!

When Michael and I travelled all around the world in 2010 in six months I actually had launched my very first blog. Unfortunately, we did not pay attention to it later when Apple discontinued the blog service and the complete website got lost. Now I found out that thanks to a synchronisation with Facebook a lot of my texts are still there! Let me try to recollect all those memories and re-live that once-in-a-life-time experience. So stay tuned when the first entries appear.

After extensive travel planning and based on an All-Around-The-World Plane Ticket by One World (British Airways, LAN, Cathay Pacific, etc.) we came up with the following route:

  1. Brazil (São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Vitoria)
  2. Buenos Aires
  3. Peru (Cuzco & Lima)
  4. Colombia (Cartagena & Bogota)
  5. Santiago de Chile
  6. Miami
  7. San Francisco
  8. Hongkong
  9. China round trip (Beijing, Shanghai, Xian)
  10. Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima)
  11. Singapore
  12. Thailand (Phuket)
  13. New Zealand (Christchurch)
  14. Australia (Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne)



Here is a selection of panoramic photos Michael took in 2017.


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