Ok…imagine Brasil……………Got it?
Now imagine Oktoberfest.
And now…imagine Oktoberfest in Brasil. We were there……!!!!!
During the motor event in Santa Maria we heard about Oktoberfest in Blumenau. Apparently the second biggest in the world. So we made a plan to go there, not that it says anything in our case (making a plan). But some plans, you really don’t want to change.
On wednesday oct 13th we finally left Santa Maria, after having the greatest time there. We were supposed to catch up with Evandro who was expecting us in some eco-resort. It took us two days due to the rain to get there. We met him in a resort. There they had this nice worldmap, where we had a good overview of where we started, where we were and where we are going.
Although Evandro “the smooth talker” arranged an 80% discount for us, we didn’t want to stay there. First of all, the jacuzzi and swimming pool were not at the right temperature.
And second, even with this discount the price was still way above our budget. So we decided to continue through the very nice landscape in this part of Brasil.
We ended in Urubici, where we stopped at the local fire station. Evandro did some smooth talking and before we knew it, we were invited for diner and were allowed to sleep in the classroom.
Again we experienced the greatest hospitality. What a nice country…
Next morning (sat 16 oct) we drove the final part to Blumenau. Very nice views again.
We followed the smell of beer to Vila Germanica…..and there we entered heaven.
Brasilian Oktoberfest…. We found a campsite at walking distance in town. And ofcourse, because we were Dutch and nice people, we only had to pay for one night and could stay as long as we wanted for free after that.
How can Brasilians make any money if they give us everything for free. We could use this not-spent-money wisely……
As if we were in Bayern. Lederhosen, Biergarten und Frankfurters everywhere. Tens of thousands of people that Saturday night…..Un-f*cking-believable!!!!
Sunday there wasn’t something else to do, so we oktoberfested a little more.
On monday Roel and Steve had to find a workshop to get new chains and sprockets. They were really worn and we had to change these before leaving. Evandro really helped us finding a Yamaha dealer, translating and talking. Cause, again, in the end we only had to pay about 25% of the total price and even got a new battery for free.
Tuesday we left the campsite and went to Florianopolis. After the Pacific and the Caribbean, this was the fist time we saw the Atlantic this trip.
We spent three nights in the great hostel Backpackers Sunset. You know why it is called like that?
We spent some days chilling and enjoying the sun and enjoying proper internet to call friends and family.
Friday 22 October we really had to head south. It is time to leave Brasil and enter Uruguay. We easily could have stayed our remaining time in Brasil, but also want to see some of the rest of South America. Decisions, decisions….. but for sure we will come back one day to enjoy and discover more of this incredibly friendly country.
Evandro, thanks for all the translating and stuff. We had a good time! Rest of Brasil, thanks for being you!
Chao Brasil, Hola Uruguay
Brasiiiiiil, lalalalalalalalaaaa, lalalalalalalalaaaa, lalalalalalalalaaaa, lala, Brasiiiiiil…..