Archive for December 4, 2011

A Quickie & Bang!

The Bang!

Today is the last day of the Brazilian Football Championship (Brasileirão). Brazilians get very excited about their football and there have been big sky bangs as they celebrate the day. The banging started about 9am and continues. The game is at 5pm, so there’s a lot of banging to go yet and even more during the game.

The game we’ll be watching is Flamengo vs Vasco.. Now it’s important to me for two reasons, one, I am a Flamengo fan and I want Flamengo to win. If they draw they are out of the Libertadores (South American competition). However, if Vasco win, they win the championship. Failing a Vasco win Corinthians (from São Paulo) win the championship.

Of course if Vasco win the championship, the cup stays in Rio and doesn’t go to São Paulo.

So there’s a heap of shit going on today making the Brazilians more animated than usual.

My head hurts…

The quickie!

Lunch, pork cubes fried off in pan, double squirt of soy sauce, sprinkle of rosemary, small box of cream. Done, eaten! All done to the tunes of Alvin and the Chipmunks (which just happens to be on TV while I am awaiting football news).

Now, it’s beer o’clock.


I had a sudden thought today. Now, normally when I think, it gets dangerous, but in this case not.

During my travels here in South America I have seen much. A case of ‘been there, done that.’ I have decided to reveal some of my favourite places via Sunday Travel Tales.

The photos aren’t mine (unfortunately, mine have all been lost over time); I have accredited where possible.


Purmamarca is a small town just off the main highway, not far north of San Salvador de Jujuy in Argentina. It’s one claim to fame is the Cerro de siete colores (The Hill of Seven Colours).

Behind the small pueblo (village) is a remarkable hill that shows off seven different coloured strata. It’s visible when you look up some of the pueblo side streets.

Cerro de siete colores

Selling everything from icecream to sounenirs

The rich reds, greens and browns provide a beautiful backdrop.

The main income from the pueblo is the sale of souvenirs to tourists.

Nearly every tour that goes through here from  San Salvador de Jujuy through the Quebrada de Humahuaca (Humahuaca Gorge) towards Humahuaca and the Bolivian border stops here, some even choose this as a stop over.

The next picture is from Harlystas Selvagens.

High above the village

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