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After a few lazy (and very indecisive) days, it was time to do a few things… The very next day, Marcelo arranged a buggy tour for me! So there I was, together with a Brazilian family (dad, mom and daughter) going to Genipabu’s sand dunes with yet another buggy.

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The whole ride was alright, but very touristic, as we stopped in more than 10 places offering clothes, food, drinks, more drinks, more food. At least I took a couple of nice pictures of kangas dancing in the wind!

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And had fun watching the Brazilian dad slowly getting drunk with beers and caipirinhas, even before 1pm 😛

One of the most interesting parts of the ride was crossing the lake on buggy rafts…

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…and ofcourse, the way the buggueiros drive up and down the sanddunes, which is pretty crazy at times – just like a rollercoaster.

Unlike Jericoacoara, when our driver didn’t seem quite professional (although he was a good driver), Natal has about 720 buggy drivers who belong to a union. According to our driver, this activity is popular throughout the year, and training to be a buggueiro isn’t really an easy task. There are about 10 women drivers there.

If I hadn’t been to Jeri I would probably have enjoyed this a lot more – overall I found it nice, but way too touristic.

Going back home, I had a talk to Marcelo about possibly going to an island one hour east of Brazil, Fernando de Noronha, that a couple of friends had recommended. He was so extremely nice, helping me with my decision and with booking tickets and everything, that I felt quite bad for wasting his time… Obviously I’ve done the same thing numerous times for my guests, but I was really impressed by his eagerness to help – and his “I’m not doing anything special” attitude! 

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About Vanidio

I was born in Athens, Greece, and left at the not-so-tender age of 27 to go to London for a master's degree - or, rather, to go experience the city. I worked there for a while, and after four years I decided to move back to Athens, and got a really boring job with a decent (more than decent) salary. In December 2011 I took a year off work, and travelled to Latin America, Europe, Greece and the Middle East. When I came back, I spent quite a bit of time trying to fit in and organise my "normal" life - or decide that I don't really want a "normal" life. At that time, travelling was more important to me than almost anything else... And then things changed a bit, as I got an offer from a foreign company to organise tours for foreigners in Athens. Dream coming true? Yes! We've done a few tours so far, and hopefully more are coming... let's see! And then things changed even more, as I met a nice, handsome foreigner through one of these tours. And we are now living together, and planning our next trips together :) Life is strange, isn't it!

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