Hello hope you´re all good. Here are a few pics from the scenic train journey...
The train was ridiculously slow and the first 2 hours of the 3 hour journey were pretty unimpressive - basically a load of trees close up on both sides! Just as we were beginning to nod off it got better and we saw some pretty nice views which made it worthwhile. The train creaking as it went along the narrow (and very high!) bridges also made things a bit more exciting...
I don´t think brazilians are used to riding on trains very often, they were all taking photos of themselves sat in the carriages and when the train went through a tunnel they all started cheering and whoopíng and taking yet more photos of themselves in the dark! We were trying not to laugh, this happened every time we went through a tunnel, not just the first time.
We arrived at our destination Morretes, we did a lap of the town in about 20 minutes and soon realised the only thing to do there was grab some lunch and have a nice cold beer... seriously, this place was very quiet and there really was little else to do. There may not have been much to see but the people were friendly and the food was lovely, we had Barreardo which was very slow cooked beef in a nice stock (it melted in your mouth, yum) which you then mix with faroffa until it turns into a paste and eat with rice and banana. And if you´re brave (or mental) add some hot sauce - it looked like a few innocent little chillis floating in some olive oil but one drop made Fia spit out here food almost as soon as it touched her tongue and I almost cried.
The sunset on the way back to Curitiba.
Luckily we got to see this from the train as we thought the train left at 3:15pm but it left at 3pm and when we got to the platform it had already started to pull away... and there´s only one train each way per day! Luckily we were allowed to hop on just in time. That would never happen in England.
We´ve eaten lots of nice food in very nice places here and we´ve been made extremely comfortable by Julia, and Ygor, and Ygor´s lady Leticia. Thank you so much! We´re just deciding on the next move, it looks like we´ll head to Foz do Iguaçu tomorrow (a 9 hour bus journey), stay there a few days and take in the amazing scenery from both the Brazilian side and the Argentinian side of the waterfalls, then cross the border and pass through Paraguay to Santa Cruz in Bolivia. We´ll keep you posted!