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Old 02-28-2015, 09:40 PM   #1841
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Heading up to Anchorage and Fairbanks to volunteer with the Iditarod dog sled race. Can't wait!


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That sounds super cool. Make sure to update us when you get back.

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Old 03-01-2015, 05:46 AM   #1842
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Leaving for the Caribbean in a couple of weeks. This winter weather better cease & desist - if I get stuck in an airport overnight due to storms, this will be the last time DH gets my rear end on a plane. I hate flying on a good day. Wish those Star Trek Transporters would get perfected soon.
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Leaving for Cabo in 24 hrs for 4 days. Last minute trip as I am tired of the cold and snow. No plans but to set on the beach read and stay warm.


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Anyone got any travel planned?

Hopefully going to Brazil again this year, probably November. Right now we are thinking Iguaçu Falls.


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Old 03-01-2015, 09:11 AM   #1845
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Right now we are thinking Iguaçu Falls.

We went back in 2002. What a wonderful experience! If you go, and have an adventurous side, ride one of the boats that goes up underneath Devil's Throat Falls.
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We went back in 2002. What a wonderful experience! If you go, and have an adventurous side, ride one of the boats that goes up underneath Devil's Throat Falls.

Yes..that sounds like fun. I'm finding that I'm more adventurous than I thought, in my old age. Did you cross over to the Argentina side or were you in Argentina and cross over to Brazil? I'm a little concerned about re entering Brazil if we cross over to Argentina for a day. I don't know how Brazil would handle our visa if we popped over then back.


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Admittedly, it was a long time ago, but when I lived in Brazil, the Foz area was absolutely awash with tourists, and a large number of them were there as much for the cross-border shopping as for the scenery. They were crossing back and forth constantly, including Paraguay. It was simply expected. Things may have changed since I lived there, but I doubt it.
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Yes..that sounds like fun. I'm finding that I'm more adventurous than I thought, in my old age. Did you cross over to the Argentina side or were you in Argentina and cross over to Brazil? I'm a little concerned about re entering Brazil if we cross over to Argentina for a day. I don't know how Brazil would handle our visa if we popped over then back.


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We had no problem that I can recall - but we used a personal tour guide. We toured the Brazil side, then he drove us across the border to Argentina (he talked to the border people), then after we toured that side he took us back over the border. We had a Brazil passport but not one for Argentina.

My memory is fuzzy of it all, but one thing that sticks in my mind is how the car had to drive through a pool of disinfectant, and we had to get out and stomp on a big sponge full of disinfectant going one direction (or both?). This was to prevent the spread of Mad Cow disease.

We hiked all over the falls - it was simply STUNNING.
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We had no problem that I can recall - but we used a personal tour guide. We toured the Brazil side, then he drove us across the border to Argentina (he talked to the border people), then after we toured that side he took us back over the border. We had a Brazil passport but not one for Argentina.

My memory is fuzzy of it all, but one thing that sticks in my mind is how the car had to drive through a pool of disinfectant, and we had to get out and stomp on a big sponge full of disinfectant going one direction (or both?). This was to prevent the spread of Mad Cow disease.

We hiked all over the falls - it was simply STUNNING.
Simple girl, I think you mean Brazilian and Argentinian visas. Each country has different rules. When I visited South America in 1997 I had a choice of traveling on my EU passport (which would have required visas for Chile and Argentina) or my Canadian passport (which required a visa for Brazil). I travelled on my Canadian passport because getting one visa was simpler. If you make sure you have the right visas before you leave home, crossing the border should not be a problem. This is a tourist area.

I was on a guided tour. We flew from Buenos Aires to IGR on the Argentinian side, explored the town of Puerto Iguazu and the Argentinian side of the Falls before crossing the border uneventfully in a tourbus (and I do remember the disease precautions!). We then stayed at Hotel das Cataratas, looking out over the Brazilian side of the Falls, and also visited the town of Foz do Iguazu and surrounding area before flying out of IGU to Rio de Janeiro.

The Falls are absolutely magnificent and not to be missed.

The only negative part of my experience was that my credit card was scammed at reception at Hotel das Cataratas.

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Simple girl, I think you mean Brazilian and Argentinian visas.
Yes, you are correct! Ooops! Thanks!
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Thank you both...I can't wait to see the falls. I really hope that nothing comes up that would prevent us from going this year. The disinfectant procedure is interesting. It sounds like we shouldn't have any trouble with the visa.


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My memory is fuzzy of it all, but one thing that sticks in my mind is how the car had to drive through a pool of disinfectant, and we had to get out and stomp on a big sponge full of disinfectant going one direction (or both?). This was to prevent the spread of Mad Cow disease.
Sounds like foot and mouth disease prevention. The US customs guy asked if I had been to any farms while out of the country...I think that's along the same lines. Really bad if it gets loose in your livestock.
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That hotel is gorgeous, so close to the falls. Our tour guide will be my son in law. I'm so spoiled having my daughter interpret in German when we went to Germany and now a son n law to interpret in Brazil.


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Sounds like foot and mouth disease prevention. The US customs guy asked if I had been to any farms while out of the country...I think that's along the same lines. Really bad if it gets loose in your livestock.
Ah yes...I think you may be right. Geesh - my memory is definitely not what it used to be!
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That hotel is gorgeous, so close to the falls. Our tour guide will be my son in law. I'm so spoiled having my daughter interpret in German when we went to Germany and now a son n law to interpret in Brazil.


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We had to drive the bus through a few disinfectant baths on our travels as well. It was pretty random which places required it and most of the time the "bath" didn't look like it had much more than muddy water in it.

We did spend four or five hours at one Russian border with a cattle truck in front of us that reeked to high heaven. No disinfectant there, though we all felt like we could have used it!


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Just booked tickets to Rome this morning. Gonna fulfill a dream of taking my kids to Europe before they go off to college.

The trip will be a total of 10 days split between Rome and Florence, and it looks like we'll be using VRBO for lodging arrangements. Any experiences with VRBO, good or bad, would be appreciated.

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We did spend four or five hours at one Russian border with a cattle truck in front of us that reeked to high heaven.
1963....caught a train, (boarded the empty car in the middle of the night...no-one around), from Zahedan, Iran to Quetta, Pakistan.......awakened at dawn by locals loading their sheep into the car through the doors and windows.
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What a sight that must have been, Nemo! I can't even imagine that rain ride, let alone the sheep!

If you ever get to Charleston, I really want to hear some more of your stories!!


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What a sight that must have been, Nemo! I can't even imagine that rain ride, let alone the sheep!
Train ride, (up through the 'mountains' along the Afghan border), `200+ miles, took us somewhere in the region of 28 hours.......at times the train was going so slowly we, and others, jumped off, walked ahead and waited for the train to catch up.

Somewhile later, traveling 3rd class through India, where the trains had wide, string/cord luggage racks, we'd throw our packs up on the racks, climb up after...nice and comfy and out of the way!

(Been a few years since I was in Charleston...but if/when DW and I make it back down there, we want to hear your stories!)
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