Saturday, July 28, 2007


As last year, my brothers and me participated at the 2nd upper Austrian highland games which was really fun again. The most spectacular events were "down a pint"

Tossing the caber

throwing a beer barrow as high as possible

and tug of war

we even made it on the cover of a local newspaper

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Back home

The next days we spent in Campinas, about 200km away form Sao Paulo. That's were Lovisa worked at the University. Probably not the funniest town of Brazil and I think you don't miss something of you don't go there...
Except of the chocolate and ice-cream pizzas they make!

I tried it at the good bye party with Lovisa's brazilian friends and I really think we should introduce that in Europe as well!

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Mountainbiking in Brazil

The highlight of the time in Brazil was the mountainbike trip. Our guide told us that the distance would be around 20km and we would need 4 hours what I thought would be very long, but it turned out that it was for sure more than 20km and more than 4 hours...

It seemed as if our guide has never done the tour either. In the beginning he was taking it quite easy and we stopped from time to time to drink water or even jump in a river to cool down again

but soon there were no more brakes and we were just going and going in a crazy beautiful environment

We had to cross several rivers

But although we tried to go as fast as we could it got dark before we reached Lençois. The last picture before the night.

So we had to take out our lamps. The problem was just that we had only two. So first I was going without one, down steep tracks, over rocks and crazy terrain. When we got closer to Lençois and the roads got better our guide gave me his lamp. And he kept falling over his front wheel again and again. But he was laughing and it almost felt as if he enjoyed it...

Highest waterfall in Brazil

The last day in Chapada diamantina was probably the coolest. First we went in a Landrover to the village Vale do Capão from where we started a 2 hour walk to the highest waterfall in Brazil. The Cachoeira da Fumaça - smoke falls. It's 380 meters high and the water flow is sprayed by the wind before it touches the ground. Looks really cool!

On the way to the waterfall

Cachoeira da Fumaça on a dry day

It goes down really far!