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Monthly Archives: March 2014

More Pantanal pics!

After my photography success the other day our tour guide lent me his proper camera to use on a jaguar and caiman (alligator) spotting outing, and check out the awesome results…   I think these shots are good enough to be in a book! BTW I had a look through this book of amazing Pantanal … Continue reading »

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Jaguar vs Anaconda!!!

Un-f’ing-believable!!! Look at this photo I just took in the Pantanal – the tour guide was screaming at me to keep back but I had get closer to get the shot on my crappy tablet camera, hence the grainy quality, sorry about that, but still LOOK AT THIS… This surely HAS to go viral, so … Continue reading »

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Olá Cuiabá

Cuiabá feels very different to all the other World Cup stadium cities that I’ve visited so far. Maybe it’s because I’m bike-less, maybe cos it’s relatively small in population and lack of highrise buildings, but mainly I think it’s because of the “rich mix of European, African and native American influences” as Wikipedia puts it, … Continue reading »

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Bus not bike

If you missed the news previously, I decided to take a short break from my relentless cycling schedule and get a bus between Brasilia and Cuiabá. I’m grateful to Luciano for kindly letting me leave my bike and bags at his apartment in Brasilia (I’ll fly back there on Friday) so I’m travelling light with … Continue reading »

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Please spread the word

Can I ask a quick favour? Please share/like/follow/retweet my #SambaCycle online to get more people aware of my journey and ultimately, I hope, therefore create more chance of donations to the charities! Blog: http://smudgersambacycle.org Twitter: @SmudgerAndy Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/smudgersambacycle Donations: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SmudgerSambaCycle Laureus: http://www.laureus.com/content/sport-for-good-foundation WFC CSE Trust: http://www.watfordfccsetrust.com/about Thanks! Obrigado! (PS. yes I know they’re not hyperlinks above, it’s for info, to copy/paste/share)

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#SambaCycle em Brasília

Big thanks to Glau who’s the Digital Manager for UK in Brazil (Facebook and Twitter) because on Tuesday she arranged for me to visit both the British Embassy and the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha! Wow, two incredible places. I’ve got no photos of the Embassy cos security’s unsurprisingly tight there so I even had to … Continue reading »

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Live on BBC Three Counties Sport

Today Geoff and Luke from the BBC Three Counties Sport show called me in Brasilia to catch up on my #SambaCycle so far, after I’d spoken to them previously before leaving London. You can listen again for the next 7 days (I was on about 15 minutes in): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01s2gdw Please remember that I’m raising money … Continue reading »

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Olá Brasilia

I fell off my bike the other day! Or rather the front wheel slipped on the uneven, wet tarmac sending both me and Dinly skidding sideways onto the road – no damage done though, thankfully, just a few small grazes for me and some minor fixes for Dinly, like reattaching the chain. This happened on … Continue reading »

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What is ‘carnaval’?

Carnaval (yes it’s spelt with three a’s in Portuguese) is a massive parade and party in Rio, right? Yes, that’s true, but it’s so much more than that because the whole of Brazil celebrates for the 5 nights / 4 days before Ash Wednesday (so Brits, when you were busy scoffing pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, … Continue reading »

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Minas Gerais hospitality

The state of Minas Gerais has a reputation for superb food, Brazil’s best cachaça, and very friendly people – all true in my experience! If you remember my post about the kindness of strangers back in Sao Paulo state, well I reckon they’ve raised the bar even further here! After staying with Jane and her sister … Continue reading »

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