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EN ROUTE TO IGUAZU – IGUAZU FALLS

Our last full day of the trip. We woke up early and after a quick dip in the hostel pool and some breakfast, we set off to see the Argentine side of the Iguazu falls. After a short bus ride we had arrived at the entrance and after seeing the Brazilian side the day before we were a little underwhelmed with the set up as it all seem a bit dated and in need of repair. It seemed a little sleepy too but then we realised that we had come quite early as we wanted time to explore everything.DSCN0700DSCN0692DSCN0703

There are two main walking trails to see the falls. One focuses on the panoramic views and being close to the falls and the other walks along the top of the falls. We obviously did both and had a great time walking the trails and wildlife spotting, we even saw a crocodile resting in the water!

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We were a little unlucky though as the Devil’s Throat viewing point was closed and it is apparently the best part of the falls, however we still had a great day.DSCN0764DSCN0793

There are lots of extra paid tours that you can do and after hearing reports from people at the hostel that the boat tour was fantastic, I was really eager to have a go and whe she saw how close they went to the falls, Josephina happily agreed to go too. We saw people walking up from the dock looking absolutely soaked so when it started to rain, we knew that we were going to get wet whatever we chose to do.DSCN0812

So we donned our life jackets and we were off on the boat which took us literally RIGHT under the falls. The force was so strong I thought one of my contact lenses had fallen out even though I had my eyes clenched shut! The boat trip might have been a little bit expensive, it was more or less the same price as the entrance to the park, but it was 100% worth it! We were completely drenched afterwards but it was still raining so it didn’t really matter. We were lucky to have had a bright day the previous day on the Brazilian side.DSCN0805

There was one last trail on the map, a 3,5km walk through the rainforest to an isolated waterfall. Although we were tired it was the best part of the day, apart from the mosquitos. We met some Dutch travellers who were turning around as they didn’t have any insect repellent but after sharing some of ours (Josephinas really) we all set off together. As we were all speaking quite loudly I think we scared off all the wildlife so we didn’t get to see many animals, until later!

We made our way down the trail through the rainforest passing only a handful of others which was lovely after the hustle and bustle of all the other tourists of the main trails. We finally made it to the waterfall after passing a whole groups of locals who told us we had to go for a swim so swim we did. We even managed to clamber up onto the rocks and get a massage from the water!DSCN0817DSCN0818

It was such a fantastic way to spend the afternoon and when we had finished we went to the lookout at the top of the waterfall to admire the view. We were looking out across the forest, the river and Brazil in the not so far distance when we finally saw the wildlife that we have been longing to see! Monkeys! They were quite far away but we could see them swinging from tree to tree and it was so peaceful and removed from civilisation. Just a perfect moment observing the monkeys undisturbed.DSCN0821

On the trail back which I walked barefoot I even got to see a tiny little rainforest frog and a colourful wild parrot! The only thing that wasn’t perfect was the long journey back to Goya. We went via Corrientes and after travelling for more than 15 hours after such a jam-packed trip I couldn’t wait for bed!DSCN0781

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Happy Memories

Sometimes all you need to keep you on track is a bit of good news and this week has certainly brought that. Lots of happy little moments have merged to make me a very happy person and I wanted to share this happiness so have compiled a few photos for you readers out there.

Most of these are from over the Christmas period when I went back to my adopted homeland, Scotland. I miss Scotland everyday so I hope these little snippets will bring as much happiness to you as their memories evoke in me.

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I moved to Glasgow for my undergraduate degree and spent four wonderful years there. I absolutely loved it; there’s a certain charm to this city that can’t really be explained. One of my favourite things has to the tenement houses and how beauty can once again be found in the simplest of things.

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At the end of my four years and lots of hand work behind me, I had a certificate in hand but realised I wasn’t ready to leave Scotland behind just yet. So my next step was Edinburgh and I’m probably biased here but it’s just not the same as Glasgow. But don’t get me wrong, I have lots of happy memories of Edinburgh too. I had a job I loved and worked harder than ever to make my publishing dreams come true. I’m still working on that but I know that hard work pays off eventually.

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There’s also no denying that Edinburgh takes a pretty picture.

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Whilst over visiting I met up with two of my best friends from university on the only day that we would all be in the same country. It’s hard to keep in contact properly and actually see your friends when everyone lives in different countries but if you make the effort, it’s well worth it. They suggested the Dome in Edinburgh and we weren’t disappointed. It was absolutely amazing with the most beautiful Christmas decorations.

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I know February is a bit late for Christmas related posts but the memories these pictures evoke really do make me feel very happy and reminiscent of my time in Scotland.

I hope reading this has produced a little bit of happiness in yourself and I wish everyone an extremely happy day.