Curitiba

weekend walks: curitiba sunday markets

Posted on

Let’s go shopping on this weekend walk and we are predicting some groans at this point ūüėČ ¬†But it is here that we found an new addition to our current¬†3 wise monkeys collection.

IMG_9376

So where are we? At¬†Curitiba’s Sunday Markets – totally worth the visit and worth recommending. When we were first told about it by the reception staff in our hotel, we did not imagine them to be as huge as they were. There were hundreds and hundreds of stalls selling everything: crafts, food, toys, clothes and much more.

The markets are the place to be on a Sunday (from 9am), everyone converges to either sell, buy, browse or eat. We chose to do all except sell. It took us about 2 hours to walk the entire markets, walking up and down the many aisles! In some parts,  we shuffled along as the crowd numbers increased.

IMG_9342

Although, there was some duplication in the stalls, most were rather unique!

We were told, the markets were “not to be missed” and we are so glad we went!¬†We absolutely LOVED these markets ūüôā And even were able to enjoy some beautiful music performed by these young musicians.

IMG_9344

Hope you enjoy a selection of photos of some of the things being sold.

IMG_9343 IMG_9340 IMG_9339 IMG_9327 IMG_9326 IMG_9341

 Wishing you all a great week ahead!

 

 

Advertisements

countdown to the fifa world cup

Posted on Updated on

The atmosphere is going to be electric! It is going to be a mind-blowing, a real once-in-a-lifetime experience to watch football in the home of football!

Getting ready for the World Cup? Here’s what¬†we did it…

‚úst¬†VISAS

So our Brazil visas are done and doing them was pretty straight forward.

  1. IMG_3385Complete the online application form at: http://sydney.itamaraty.gov.br/en-us/ (this is using the Consulate General of Brazil in Sydney website)
  2. Print and attach a passport photograph on the form, sign and date.
  3. Submit to the Brazilian Consulate in person (on Clarence St, Sydney) with the travel invitation letter from the local Brazilian travel agency.
  4. Best thing is that visas for entering Brazil for the World Cup are FREE of charge.
  5. Two weeks later, the visas are ready to be picked up.

TIP: ¬†Don’t apply for visas last minute.

‚úst¬†VACCINATIONS

Luckily we were all up to date with our vaccines from our previous trips. We had Yellow Fever vaccines for Peru back in 2011 so just need to remember to pack that little yellow fever certificate. The only jabs¬†we needed this time was to “top up” typhoid and the usual seasonal flu-vaccine.

We always make sure we visit the doctor well in advance of any of our trips to make sure we have enough lead in time for any vaccinations that require repeat doses or  a set timing regimen.

TIP: Visit the doctor or travel nurse for advice on what you need several months in advance to give yourself enough time to be inoculated.

A great article to read is What Vaccinations Do You Need? by Michael at Bemused Backpacker

‚úst¬†TRAVEL INSURANCE

This is one thing that we don’t EVER go without. We actually always buy travel insurance the moment we book our trip¬†to make sure we are covered from that moment where we hand over the thousands of dollars for airfares.

We do¬†have a credit card that gives us free travel insurance if we paid our flights with it. Too good to be true, we thought. Upon further inspection, we¬†don’t get our own policy and actually we sat under an umbrella policy. If we needed to claim anything, we need to prove to the credit card insurers that we actually paid for the flights with the credit card. That just seemed to complicated for us especially if there was an emergency.

Print

We have usually chosen to go for¬†Cover-More Travel Insurance when we travel because for our first ever trip, it was recommended by the travel agent who booked that trip for us. Thereafter, we have done our research and looked at other companies but so far so good with Cover-More¬†as they do give us the peace of mind we need.¬†We figured that if they are “the most popular travel insurance provider in Australia” as per their website, we couldn’t really be going wrong, right?¬†But also , we have¬†had to call them up about things and their customer service representatives are¬†extremely informative and helpful.

TIP: Always get travel insurance. Make sure you read the product disclosure statement of any insurance policy and understand what you are buying.

‚úst¬†FLIGHTS

We are flying with¬†Emirates – the LONG way around. As it turns out, it was getting too complicated with QANTAS ¬†so our organiser chose the alternative option to fly around the other way to Brazil. Guess we would rather sit on a plane than wait at airports! It’s taking us about 28 hours to get from Australia to Brazil¬†but at least we have flights!

X  FAN MERCHANDISE

David has an old soccer jersey from when the Socceroos qualified in 2006 and a scarf and a beanie when the Socceroos qualified in 2010. This year, we will be sure to get something for both David and Le….. Off to the shops this weekend to track down some merchandise!
photo-1

‚úst¬†¬†ACCOMMODATION

We are going to be following the Australian Socceroos so we will be in Cuiaba, Curitiba and Porto Alegre Рluckily the search for accommodation was the responsible of the organiser and not ours. We are in three hotels and one of which is a 5-star apparently! SCORE!!!!

‚úst¬†TICKETS TO¬†GAMES
Last and DEFINITELY not least, the game tickets. The package we have bought sees us with¬†Category¬†A tickets for all three Australian games which apparently grants us access to the VIP tent before and after the game. Now, this just added to our¬†excitement when we found out….we had no idea when we booked it.
The AUSTRALIA GROUP B games:
June 13 (Cuiaba)               Australia VS Chile
June 18 (Porto Alegre)    Australia VS Netherlands
June 23 (Curitiba)            Australia VS Spain
Looking at our map of the world and zooming into Brazil, it’s all becoming a little more real now.
photo

We are officially counting down to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil!!

Only 23 days to go!