The trip started off with brief trip to Australia where I was fortunate to catch up with a few mates along with meet some very cool new people in Melbourne, Sydney & Newcastle. Every trip to Australia always seems to short, but to be honest this time I felt ready to keep moving on!
Partly because it was the cheapest option but mostly because I was in Beijing in 2008 for the Olympics and still regret not squeezing in a day trip to the Great Wall, my flight onwards to LA took a rather large detour to China for a 15 hour layover in the city. With the Great Wall tour knocked off fairly early in the day I also had time to get into town and revisit the Temple of Heaven and the famous Pearl Market for some real genuine deals. The Pearl Market definitely brought back some good memories of some time spent there with my Uncle Dave as well as the UBC crew in attendance back in 2008 – that place is unique to put it nicely.
I had an awesome three day layover in LA where some friends from UBC figured now was as good a time as any for a reunion of sorts. We rented a pretty sweet apartment in West Hollywood, accompanied by Chris’ perfectly suited convertible and had a blast – a perfect way to spend three days in North America and was even more awesome catching up with Chris, Ty and Sam.
After far too many flights in a little over a week I finally arrived to a small beach town named Praia to Pipa, meeting up with the crew for Victoria who had been in Brazil for three weeks by now. Pipa is a small surfer/holiday town about an hour out of Natal and is pretty much the most northeastern point of South America (and by far the most eastern point of the Americas). Being there for a week already the guys knew the lay of the land for food and drinks (including a bar selling two caipirinhas at R$5). I could have spent a month there but with more places to see and the need to make our way south for Salvador we did just that, spending a few days in both Joao Pessoa & Recife.
Here are a few photos from the trip so far.