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“Things I Learnt Whilst Backpacking Around The World In A Wheelchair…”

“Things I Learnt Whilst Backpacking Around The World In A Wheelchair…”

It takes six months to get your life back on track after an extended backpacking adventure, so I hear from many a former backpacker. It’s taken my girlfriend and I precisely thirteen months to get to where we’re at right now – still living out of a backpack....

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Toilets Of South America

Toilets Of South America

If there’s one unavoidable fact that unites all of humankind regardless of colour, creed, class affiliation, gender, sexual preference, political perspective or socio-economic status, it’s this…

Everybody craps.

But consider for a moment the variety of receptacles that people the world over crap in to…

Not everybody has fruits of the forest pot pourri sitting on top of the cistern....

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Brazil’s Best Cup Of Coffee

Brazil’s Best Cup Of Coffee

We were driving through Minas Gerais state, the biggest coffee growing region in Brazil, the biggest coffee producing country in the world…

“My cousin is a truck driver,” said Marcelo, the man behind the wheel. “A few years ago on this road he got hijacked....

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The Capoeira Fighters Of Bahia

The Capoeira Fighters Of Bahia

We were searching for the definitive capoeira experience. Since arriving in Brazil, I had seen it on postcards but not on the streets.

Brazil’s very own martial art capoeira has been of fascination to me ever since my late teens – September 12th 1998 to be exact – when the videogame Tekken 3 was released on the Playstation....

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Brazil’s Nowheresvilles: Crap Towns Of South America (Part One)

Brazil’s Nowheresvilles: Crap Towns Of South America (Part One)

When you think of England you think of Trafalgar Square or Buckingham Palace or Stonehenge or Old Trafford or The Cavern Club or the Angel Of The North.

These iconic locations occupy less than 0.01% of the country’s landmass – the rest of it is made up of utterly dull towns and villages and suburbs and cities and motorways....

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Blood, Sweat & Cobblestones In Brazil’s Gold Mining Heartland

Blood, Sweat & Cobblestones In Brazil’s Gold Mining Heartland

It wasn’t until after we arrived that we found out Ouro Preto is officially the steepest town in Brazil. In hindsight, it seems like a daft place to visit in a wheelchair.

Not only is it the steepest town, but I’d be willing to wager my left testicle it’s also the cobbliest....

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Big Arses And Other Things To See In Rio De Janeiro

Big Arses And Other Things To See In Rio De Janeiro

Looking down from the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, the sunshine sparkles off the sky blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean like a billion camera flashes. Down on the flat lands where the rich people live, concrete tower blocks sprout through the vegetation....

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How To Backpack Around The World In A Wheelchair

How To Backpack Around The World In A Wheelchair

There is an inevitable process that all wannabe backpackers must contend with when deciding to go backpacking, the details of which are well documented on other travel blogs. It starts with vague notions of wanting to see the world and ends with handing over passports at the airport check-in desk....

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