Today I leave the glorious, tranquil island to go to Paraty. Last night we were having a discussion in the hostel about choices. I was deliberating whether to spend a night in ilha grande again or go to paraty for two nights or one night paraty and one night Rio. All weather dependent. I was verbalising the pros and cons and then all of a sudden we were laughing. The tough life of a traveller whether to be on a tropical island or a beautiful town or an amazing city. Haha. Life is hard when on the road haha.
Anyway, I decided to come to Paraty today and that way me and my friend could be on the boat together and then I will hopefully meet Sofia later too. It's funny the life of choices. Even the smallest decision or choice can change things. Especially life on the road. One small decision can completely change an experience. Whether you say hi and strike up a conversation with a stranger or decide to spend the day alone, whether to stay in a hostel or a hotel, whether to hike or sit on the each, whether to go for dinner in resturant or cook, the activities you choose to do and who with, all can create a unique experience from what seems like a small decision at the time. The richest experiences I have had have been sharing with other people but also enjoying moments alone to recuperate and energise for new meetings and new tasks.
So the three people that I spoke most with turned out to be Sagittarius. Strangely enough, horoscopes say that they are the travellers of the sign.
I have now caught up on my journal as I am on the bus to Paraty. Weaving in and out of mountains and also at times, view of the water. The rain is on and off and I listen to my live lounge (thanks to Hutchie girls and my ITunes voucher). Beautiful and green around. Feel such appreciation and freedom on this bus.
I read reviews about Backpacker Hostel Paraty so I rocked up and was glad they had a bed for me. I spent the day in Paraty where I continued to be in the pouring rain. Another set of clothes soaked. Paraty is beautiful though. Seaside resort, with horse and cart and the cobble street closed to traffic. I walked around in the pouring rain after enjoying my favourite acai :) yum. I continued to see the town for a while before returning to hostel to meet the other guests. Four Australians - two from Adelaide so we excitedly exchanged likes and dislikes and experiences of the lovely Adelaide. People seem to put Adelaide down but I loved it and speaking about it brought back many good memories.
A big group of us went for kebabs and mines was deliciois. It was so wierd as i saw Sofia there and she had just emailed me to say we would meet there in the morning. Awh :)! So we made a vague plan to meet again. The rest of night comprised of me and the two Australian girls chatting and swinging on hammocks :) the hostel is like a big family house and everyone comes together at night for dinner. It has a really good feel about it.
Tracy Donachie, MSc in Performance Psychology.