Welcome to the travel blog of Luke Kelly. I flew to Brazil in January 2011 with a one way ticket. Follow me as I journey around South America, getting by on the proverbial shoe string. I love football, design, music & food amongst other things and I'll be working as I travel - so those will probably be regular themes here. But a bit like my trip, I haven't really got a plan for this blog, so lets see what happens...
Brazil
Morro de Sao Paulo - another Brazilian paradise

Morro de Sao Paulo – another Brazilian paradise

After the madness of carnaval in Salvador vast numbers of party goers de-camp to the beautiful paradise spot of Morro de Sao Paulo. A village on the island of Tinhare, it's known immediately after carnaval as 'hangover island' (or something similar translated into Portuguese).
Carnaval in Salvador Brazil... OMFG!

Carnaval in Salvador Brazil… OMFG!

I’d been excited about carnival in Brazil for months and months – from as soon as I’d decided on coming to South America pretty much. I’d ummed and arred over which carnival to go for and in the end it was a toss up between Rio and Salvador, Salvador won by default in the end...
Corinthians destroy Gremio Prudente 4-0

Corinthians destroy Gremio Prudente 4-0

Having seen two Argentinian games live, I was really keen to see a Brazilian match now I was back. The football season was in full swing and Sao Paulo is home to 4 of the countries biggest sides. My hostel was in Vila Madelena, so my local team was the famous Corinthians and they were...
HI Sampa hostel - Sao Paulo

HI Sampa hostel – Sao Paulo

I'm quickly getting turned off to big hostel chains having had much better experiences in smaller privately owned places, but this HI Hostels place in the beautiful Vila Madelena district was definitely an exception to the rule. I chose it as it was the closest place to my old friend from London who I was...
Iguaçu - the underrated Brazilian experience

Iguaçu – the underrated Brazilian experience

After being so overwhelmed by the Argentinian side of Iguazu the previous day, the Brazilian side of the falls seemed like something we just needed to tick off – a ‘we’re here so we might as well’ kind of thing – but there was no way it was going to top the Argentinian experience (which...
Backpackers Sunset, Florianopolis

Backpackers Sunset, Florianopolis

Built into a hill right by the nicest beach in Florianopolis - Praia Mole, Backpackers Sunset is one of the most beautiful and impressive hostels I've come across. After our chilled out stay in Barra de Lagoa, this party hostel gave us a completely different experience of Floripa. Immediately hit by a mind blowing view...
Hostel Portunhol - Barra da Lagoa, Florianopolis

Hostel Portunhol – Barra da Lagoa, Florianopolis

An unbelievably chilled out surf hostel in the sleepy town of Barra da Lagoa, Portunhol was the perfect place to just kick back and chill for a few days. Run by a super cool Chilean (who can help you out with anything you need on the island) Portunhol had everything you needed to enjoy this part...
Learning to surf in Florianopolis

Learning to surf in Florianopolis

Surfing is one of those things I’ve always really wanted to do, but not really if you know what I mean? A kind of vague fantasy – I mean riding waves and spending all day floating about shouting cowabunga sounds awesome, but growing up in South London it was never really on the cards without...
Che Legarto, Paraty

Che Legarto, Paraty

This was my first experience in a Che Legarto hostel, although 2 of the girls I'm now travelling with have stayed in a couple before (Laura's even a member). I'd describe my feelings on the place as mixed. The setting was great - right on the edge of the picturesque old town - the bar...
Ilha Grande - a Brazilian paradise

Ilha Grande – a Brazilian paradise

I really can’t fully describe how much I loved Ilha Grande, it was paradise – pure and simple. Me and Steve left Rio in a bit of a rush having spent five days there and hitting Lapa pretty hard the night before we left. I kind of felt like I needed more time in Rio. Not...
Studio Beach Hostel, Ilha Grande

Studio Beach Hostel, Ilha Grande

One of the best hostels I've ever stayed in, without a doubt. Steve and I arrived late in the evening and although the hostel is situated right in the heart of the main (only) town of Abraão, we struggled to find it. This was in the main part due to the fact we'd lost the...
Rio's buzzing Lapa district - the steps and the Samba!

Rio’s buzzing Lapa district – the steps and the Samba!

One of the huge draws of South America for me was the raw energy that it seems to be fuelled by – the music, the dances, the football crowds. There’s a passion and intensity here that is hugely exciting. Rio de Janeiro is a real epicentre for the energy I was looking for and at...