Blast from the Past: Florianópolis

Today’s Blast from the Past post is taking you back to November 2009, when my boyfriend (now husband) and I travelled around Brazil. After São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Iguazu Falls, we’ve stopped at the capital of Santa Catarina state – at Florianópolis.

Floripa, as Florianópolis is sometime called, is famous for its beautiful scenery and long sandy beaches. We spent our time there meeting my boyfriend’s university classmates, exploring the area and relaxing at some of those beautiful beaches. Because my boyfriend loves football (soccer) and Brazil is the “the country of football” we also attended a football match. We saw Florianópolis’ team Avai playing against Santos FC from São Paulo.

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Blast from the Past: Iguazu Falls (Argentina)

I haven’t posted on Slovenian Girl Abroad for a while. My excuse is, I’ve been busy and I couldn’t find neither time nor motivation to write. So, to get back on track, I’m reminiscing my past travels. This post from Blast from the Past series is taking you to spectacular wonder of nature – the Iguazu Falls I’ve visited back in November 2009.

Iguazu Falls are located at the border between Brazil and Argentina. The right bank of the falls is the Brazilian territory, the left is Argentinian. I’ve visited both sides. This set of photos was taken at the Argentinian side where you can get closer to the waterfalls. It was amazing experience.

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Top 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites I’ve visited (up to date)

Every year UNESCO World Heritage Committee gather to discuss the world heritage. One of their tasks is to discuss cultural and natural sites of outstanding universal value submitted by the state parties. If those sites meet one or more of 10 criteria they can be included on the World Heritage List. This year UNESCO World Heritage met for its 39th session in Bonn, Germany. Out of the 36 sites that were examined this year, 24 sites from Mexico, Italy, Korea, Jordan, France, Denmark, Iran, Turkey, Uruguay, Mongolia, Israel, Norway, Saudi Arabia, USA, Singapore, Japan, Germany, UK, China and Jamaica were granted world heritage status, increasing the total number of world heritage sites to 1,031. Up to date, I had a chance to visit 41 of them. Here is my pick of 10 sites (in random order) I liked the best:   Continue reading