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Archive for February, 2008

Rio’s famed mega-beaches

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

World famous for it’s sunny days, white sands, crystal clear waters and expansive beaches, Rio has the ultimate in mega-beaches. Copacabana and Impanema, stretching more than two miles each draw crowds in hoards.  Take a walk on the beach in today’s photo gallery.

Morning on Ilha Grande

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

A tempting sight isn’t it? Unfortunately for us, this is the scene on Ilha Grande as we departed and headed to Rio De Janeiro. We were however able to catch a couple glimpses of what draws thousands to this “marvelous” island; see them in today’s photo gallery.

Hiking to Lopes Mendes

Monday, February 18th, 2008

Despite cloudy skies, we decided to head to the crystal blue waters and white sands of Lopes Mendes beach on Ilha Grande. Join in on the hike in today’s photo gallery.

On to Ilha Grande

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

We were duped! Find out how we fell for a brilliant (brilliantly simple – that is) trick, that left us $33 dollars in the hole on our way to the beach island of Ilha Grande in today’s photo gallery.

Samba in Sao Paulo

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

This afternoon, we went to a local jam in São Paulo’s center, where we, and the rest of the happy crowd fell for the infectious beats of samba. Get your groove on in today’s photo gallery.

What’s it sound like? To hear two audio clips from the day’s festivities,  click here or here…

A ride on the subway

Friday, February 15th, 2008

To get to a late night watering hole, we jump on São Paulo’s subway late at night and meet a couple characters before trying out the local brew. See the photos from today in this photo gallery.

Graffiti in Sao Paulo

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

With Mike’s first full day in the city, we take a walking tour of the bustling city of São Paulo, and the urban art that saturate the city’s walls with local artist Flavio Samelo. Catch some of the vibrant graffiti art of São Paulo in today’s photo gallery.

Two becomes three

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Mike Kurtz, our other LongJaunter meets us in São Paulo, where we begin our month long trek through Brazil. See today’s photos here.

On to Brazil

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

Just a quick bus ride from Puerto Iguazu, Argentina, we enter its sister city, Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil. Cross over in to Brazil in today’s photo gallery.

Hanging out with “that guy”

Monday, February 11th, 2008


A disheveled man with a weathered face struck up a conversation with us in the bus station in Buenos Aires.

“I live in Oklahoma,” he said, his eyes wide and expecting, as if to say “What do you think of that?”

I tried to ignore him, but Thushan decides to humor him, and in the process we find out he was Ecuadorian, traveling alone, and had a peculiar train of thought that gave off the impression that he was either mildly drunk or perpetually confused. He said he ran a Spanish language newspaper in Oklahoma City. “It makes a half a million dollars,” he said. “But then, you know, I have to pay everyone.”

“This city’s nothing compared to Iquitos,” he declared, before revealing he had only spent one day in Buenos Aires. “I payed the taxi driver to drive me around all day. I saw the whole thing.”

“We liked Buenos Aires, a lot,” replied Thushan.

“Really?” he said, at this point almost laughing at us. “What did you like about it?”

His stories were confusing, rarely had endings, and were hard to believe, but just barely believable, like this one: “I lived in London a long time ago. I was the ambassador for Ecuador. But my wife is American, she wanted to live in the States. You play the guitar?” (more…)

About LongJaunt Equal parts lighthearted jaunt and in-depth journey, this intimately documented trip around the world has one goal: to bring you along for the ride.

Thushan Amarasiriwardena

, former Senior Multimedia Producer at The Boston Globe, has always loved telling a great story. Combining his eye for visual story telling and his technical background in computer science at North Carolina State University, Thushan has reported on business, sports and travel for The Globe. You can find his site here.

Michael Kurtz

, graduated with a degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His thesis research focused on the intersection of race and music in Northeastern Brazil. He worked previously as A&R and Production Coordinator for Putumayo World Music, an international music record label based in New York City. You can find his site here.

Brian Rogers

graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies, and has traveled extensively in Latin America.

Alicia Conway

is LongJaunt's home base chief and a Technical Producer for The Boston Globe. She joined and contributed with the team out in England, Kenya, Tanzania, The Netherlands and Thailand.