Archive for the ‘Brazil/ブラジル’ Category

At sea (update)/海上にて (2009/01/10)

土曜日, 1月 10th, 2009

Just to let everyone know, we finally left the port of Barcelona in the early hours of 30 December 2008, and are still at sea. Well, probably at the time you read this anyway. Thing is, the schedule has changed a little bit and we are expecting now to disembark at Santos (near Sao Paulo) on or about the 15th, with calls in Rio de Janeiro, Paranagua, and Rio Grande. We get shore leave like everyone else at these ports, which allows us to access the Internet and so post stuff like this.


We will of course post something complete about the journey after disembarkation in Santos. Bye for now.


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From Santos to Sao Paulo to Rio/サントスからサンパウロとリオへ(2009/01/16~23)

月曜日, 1月 26th, 2009

We disembarked from the MSC GENEVA at the port of Santos on the 16th. The plan was to disembark in the afternoon, as we had heard was possible, but as is the usual course on these ships, we were delayed and could not disembark until 8 at night. We had wanted to go straight to Sao Paulo that day, but as it was late, we decided to take the safe course and stay in Santos overnight. The port agent, together with his very young assistant, took us from the port to customs and was to drop us at a hotel in Santos. It took about an hour. But somehow the agent and his young counterpart found a way to chat loudly the whole way, with wild gesturing and everything. For 10 seconds at a time they would be chatting away without once looking at the road, swerving wildly from lane to lane at a ridiculously high rate of speed. We could only sit back and watch in horror. Brazilians-full power, all the time.

1月16日、サントス港でMSC GENEVAから下船。予定ではお昼頃港に着いて下船できるだろうと聞いていたが、そこは日単位で予定がずれることもある貨物船、やっぱり予定は遅れ、結局下船できたのは夜8時前になってからだった。その日のうちにサンパウロに行きたかったが、時間が遅くなったので諦めてこの日はサントスで1泊することにした。現地代理店の若いお兄さんが連れてきてくれた世話人のようなおじさんの運転する車で、港からサントスの街中まで移動した。港から街中まではかなり距離があり、1時間はかかったような気がする。それにしてもこの運転手のおじさんと代理店のお兄ちゃんが、まあよくしゃべること。移動中、沈黙は一秒もなかった。しかも、声も大きいしジェスチャーも大きい。運転している方のおじさんは、スピードもかなり出して車線変更もバンバンやりながら、10秒に一度は助手席の兄ちゃんの方を向いては(つまりわき見しながら)何か一生懸命話している。一方後部座席の私たちはそんな2人にあっけにとられつつ、おじさんが何度も兄ちゃんの方ばかり見るもんだから、もうヒヤヒヤものだった。ブラジル人ってやっぱりパワフル! (さらに…)

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Barcelona (Spain) to Santos (Brazil) by freighter “MSC GENEVA” / 貨物船MSC GENEVAでバルセロナ(スペイン)からサントス(ブラジル)へ (2008/12/29~2009/1/16)

日曜日, 1月 25th, 2009

*Please ignore dates on all photos: our camera broke and we had to use another that doesn’t record dates accurately–sorry.


The scheduled plan was that our freighter, “MSC GENEVA”, was to berth in Barcelona on 23 December, but due to schedule changes and then persistent bad weather she could not berth and our boarding day was pushed back, and back, and back until we were left wondering if we could board by the end of the year. And then finally late at night on the 29th we received word from the captain the “MSC GENEVA” was on approach and that we could board that night. We then quickly grabbed a taxi and made for the port-there to find, at last, a large container ship with “MSC GENEVA” on the bow. Though it was the middle of the night, the gantry cranes were all in full swing loading and unloading cargo from the ship. What with the movement of the huge containers and cranes all about the huge ship in the middle of the night, it was a tad intimidating. But after making it up the shaky gangway, we received a very warm welcome from the captain, the officers, and the crew. By the time we woke up the next morning the “MSC GENEVA” had already left port and was underway in the Mediterranean. After such a long wait, we were practically overjoyed at having just made it aboard.

バルセロナで は、2008年12月21日に貨物船MSC GENEVAに乗る予定だったが、悪天候のせいで船が何日間も港に停泊できず、このままバルセロナで年を越すか・・?と思っていた矢先の12月29日深 夜、やっと船長から港に着いたので乗船できると連絡をもらった。早速タクシーで港に向かうと、船首のあたりに「MSC GENEVA」と書かれた巨大な貨物船が見えてきた。深夜だというのに巨大なガントリークレーンが活発に動いていて、コンテナ積下ろしの真っ最中。コンテ ナ群と巨大な貨物船やクレーンは、夜みると迫力があってなんだか怖い。船の脇腹あたりに着いている不安定な階段を上ると、船長や船員たちに暖かく歓迎され た。翌日目が覚めると、もう船は港を離れて地中海を走っていた。待った時間が長かったことも手伝って、やっと貨物船に乗れた嬉しさが込み上げてきた。 (さらに…)

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Iguazu Falls/イグアスの滝 (2009/01/25~28)

日曜日, 2月 1st, 2009

The Iguazu Falls are one of the three great falls in the world (the others being Victoria Falls and Niagara), and they are shared by Brazil (Foz do Iguacu) and Argentina (Puerto Iguazu). We visited the falls on both sides, and while neither of us has been to the Victoria Falls, we have both been to Niagara, and all we can say is that Niagara is not sure it is appropriate that Niagara be included in the list above; Iguazu at least is in a different league. To put it another way, even the as-for-nature-being-something-that-gets-credit-for-just-being-there-I-am-not-interested-or-impressed Dan was blown away by the awesome power and beauty of these falls. It’s the only pay-to-see-nature that he has been genuinely glad to pay to see.

イグアスの滝は、世界三大瀑布の1つ(残りの2つはナイアガラの滝ビクトリアの滝)で、ブラジル側(フォス・ド・イグアス)とアルゼンチン側(プエルト・イグアス)から望むことができる。私たちは両側からこの滝を見てきた。私達は、ビクトリアの滝は見たことがないが、ナイアガラの滝なら見たことはある。で、世界の三大瀑布にナイアガラを入れてもいいの?というくらいイグアスの滝は格段に規模が大きかった。つまり、普段は「自然に興味もないし感動もしない」ダンでさえ、このイグアスの滝の威力と美しさに圧倒されたほど。ダンにとって、ここは唯一、お金を払ってでも見ておいてよかったと思える自然だったとか。 (さらに…)

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