So last week i flew out to visit husband in Brazil,
due to a rather expensive mix up on where we
were going to meet up i ended up spending a day in
Rio de Janerio by myself before flying another 12 hours to meet
husband in Fernando de Noronha.
Rio was awesome.
As i only had a day there i booked myself into a day tour
which just made my life a whole lot easier and
got to see a lot more than if i was trying to find my wa around myself.
Funnily enough my tour guide had just been to Edinburgh so
as i was standing in front of The Infamous Christ Redeemer stature
he whipped out his camera and was showing me pictures of
him in front of Edinburgh Castle.
It made me smile,
we go half way around the world and forget that
what we have on our own front door is a marvel to those who dont see it everyday.
Then onto Fernando De Noronha.
For anyone not in the know Fenrnado is a small
(very small) island off the coast of Brazil.
It is registered as a world heritage sites
which means that it has a lot of eco-protection....
it also makes it very expensive....
But it also makes it virtually tourist free,
they only let 400 people arrive on the island a day
and for every day that you are there you have to pay an environment tax.
It was a couple of run down villages and a lot of beautiful and empty beaches.
Dolphins and turtles to swim with
(okay, so its illegal to swim with the dolphins intentionally
but it was amazing to be swimming in the water
and hearing their calls resounding through it,
knowing that they are so near by)
Husband and i went on an epic adventure one day.
Swimming and climbing around half the coast of the island.
which consisted of passing some rocks which i liked to call the 'Bone Grinder'....
Why the Bone Grinder you may ask....
well because there is some weird anomaly there where the sea gets pushed through some hole in the
rocks and makes it sound like its grinding bones...
yes not my favourite part to swim past....
Then as we were almost at the shore husband turns to me and says,
'okay honey now you have to body surf in'
'just catch the wave...'
and i llok behind me and sure enough this giant wave is coming towards us.
he pushes me along into it and i get thrown a very long way to the shore...
He had failed to mention previously that this was the only way to get to the shore.
We then did some rather crazy 'walking' trying to get around the headlands for each beach.
Barefoot and in a bikini, we climbed over very very hot black
spikey rocks, (i swear steam came off them when they hit water again)
there was climbing up and down vertical rocks...
in fact on the way back at one point i was sure we had gone a different route as there was no way i
would have climbed down such a cliff,
half way up i remembered i had.
into swimming which mainly ended up with me being bashed
around in rocks and husband trying to catch me.
And then to finish it all off at the end of the day
we miscalculated our timing and ended up swimming
back to the boat in the pitch black with the current pushing us out to sea
(something husband didnt tell me was happening till after we were safe and
sound back on the boat)
let me tell you this Tapioca pancakes are amazing!
and fresh picked coconut drinks never cease to amaze me!
But most of all there was husband.
Anyone who knows me would tell you that i'm
not the kind of girl who does crazy night swims
or barefoot free-climbing ,
but put my Husband at my side and I feel like I can do anything.