Sunday, March 15, 2015


Estrada Real the old Gold mine route built by Slaves

We just passed over this bridge

It is so nice to cool off after a hike.

all still in good spirits and in aw of the acoustics

Step carefully

Greti in a tight place

This is as far as I would go

Alex after the rescue and in pain.

Interview with Global Brazil

We planned on leaving Diamantina after breakfast on the 9th, and had the camper ready to leave after breakfast. While preparing breakfast in the communal kitchen we got talking with Stefani and Alex from San Paulo who were on a tenting vacation. Lots of questions about our experience in Brazil. Thy left for a day trip and we said our goodbyes, and we prepared to leave for our return to Rio.
Just before we took off, Alex and Stefani returned and asked us if we wanted to go with them to visit some waterfalls and caves, so we prepared a quick lunch and off we went with them.
This is so typically Brazilian. We had a wonderful day together and went places we would not have gone to with the Blue Wonder. The acoustics in the canyon are special and the university of Diamantina has concerts there. We went in to some caves but there were no safety devices there at all so I did not venture very far, Norbert and Alex went deeper and at one point Alex slipped and slid down a crack, lucky for his little backpack not very far. Norbert had to help him back up and as it turned out he was a little in shock, had some scrapes and bruises and his shoulder was so sore he could not drive back. Norbert drove him straight to the hospital where it turns
 out that he has a fracture in his shoulder. So thy will go home to Sao Paulo and see a specialist there. Stefani will drive home. This morning while thy were packing the car thy discovered a flat tire and as Alex has his arm in a sling and is on painkillers "Norbert to the rescue" and the spare was on in no time. While driving south on highway 40 to Rio we drove past an Iron mine. And as the soil here is dark red mixed with the ore, the highway and all the signs and road markings were barely visible as all is covered by this dust. When we stopped for lunch, a Global TV crew interviewed Norbert and wanted his opinion as a tourist on the condition of this stretch of highway that is caused by the mine. So, outspoken Norbert gave his opinion, and I am curious if thy will air it.
Hugs to all
Norbert and Greti

Greetings from Greti.
Everything is covered in red mud

Norbert to the rescue


Diamantina Street music at its best
Again a perfect parking for the nite

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