Monday, 25 October 2010

First Lodging and Night in Curitiba






FuFu Life in Curitiba - Brazil
23rd July 2010 | Part Three


** You may want to read Part One and Part Two **

You guys must have been curious and wondering why i would know my host, Oldy. Well, it's a long story actually but i will keep it short here. Before i flew to Curitiba, Erla, my coursemate told me about Couchsurfing.com, an international social-networking platform for a free couch (literally free lodging). And i sent numerous of request to the hosts living in Curitiba. Luckily i got several positive feedback. After a quick selection according to the descriptions of the condition of the houses, and comments left to the hosts, i selected Oldy who is currently living in the heart of the city centre.

Oldy, 37 years old, a parttime lecturer of Physiology, is one kind, friendly and easy going person! I actually, was awed by his adventures at first. Also enjoyed reading his adventures with his bike, his friends and brother, Fabio. He loves travelling, just like FuFu but with his own unique way. Being an active cyclist and with his passion, he successfully did all his travels by his mountain bike, from Central America to Latin America.

After couples of private messages via Couchsurfing.com, i finally decided to stay with him. And he allowed me to stay at his apartment until i had found a nice room here in Curitiba. As time passed, finally i landed Curitiba safely. I called him and informed him when roughly i would hop on the airport shuttle bus heading to city centre once i had purchased a public phone card, BRA$8 (RM14.70 = US$4.70) as what he told me to do in the message. I got off in front of Biblioteca Pública (Public Library). There, i saw Oldy walking to my direction with a smile on his face.

Probably i was carrying my 20kg luggage, the several minutes of journey to the apartment from the point where we hugged was a nightmare, though Oldy carried my backpack bag. What a great relief i sighed once i had arrived the apartment. Only from that moment, i felt like i was in Latin America, finally! It was nearly 1pm, so we decided to have a buffet-styled lunch at Lotus Restaurante (a Chinese restaurant).

I found out later that buffet lunch is quite popular among the local here in Curitiba as there's plenty of this kind (be it Italian, Chinese, Mexican or Brazilian) of restaurants around the city. I expected to have Brazilian food but my host like Chinese food and we were very hungry so ended up eating a lot of dumplings.

Oldy was showing me around the city centre after we had paid BRA$7.50 (RM13.80 = US$4.40) each. Well actually, it was his treat. It was supposed to rain according to the forecast i had check the day before. Fortunately, it only started raining after Fabio, Oldy's brother had come back at around 8pm. Then, Oldy called his girlfriend and others over for a simple welcoming with me. After some chatting accompanied with glass of wine and beer each, i headed to the reading room and called it a long journey to Brazil from Germany.

p.s. : I kept my camera aside with other belongings, so the pictures below are all taken the day after. Due to the privacy reason, i won't upload the pictures of the rooms here. Both my host and his brother are camera shy, and i only stayed with them for a week, i would definitely take few pictures with them before i leave Brazil!


Home sweet home.


After this staircase, everything would be fine!


Lovely neighbourhood FuFu was staying, taken from the balcony.


Simply like the colourful buildings and well-tender pots of flowers.


Small but a neat kitchen.






The living room is also very spacious.


Oh mg god! This caught FuFu's attention once he entered the house.


What a comfy living room ever.


First FuFu thought he would be sleeping on that couch.


This pink building is a souvenir shop. Very expensive.


Seen from the left side of the balcony.


The right side. With no car parking. Very quiet after 8pm.


65 comments:

rainfield61 said...

And now you are in Brazil, but I have to shut down my PC and leave home now.

I have to work.

fufu said...

rainfield61 : i am here since 3mths ago ya :) go to work first, come back again later!

[SK] said...

looks like a very cosy place, and yeah, i like that gramophone also.. did you play some music with that??

fufu said...

SK : yeah i played brazilian songs!!! damn nice :) and i love to live there... really wanna visit Oldy again sooner

tamiya said...

忘情森吧舞。。。

好遥远啊。

fufu said...

tamiya : hahaha :) 現在有飛機了...不遠了 =p

迷迭香 said...

erm... so where do they park their cars ?

tamiya said...

还是很远。。。所有目前还没有想要去那里的念头。

fufu said...

迷迭香 : normally those who have cars wont live there... lol :)

fufu said...

tamiya : okok :) 等你要的時候才來看看 =p

tamiya said...

那看看你行不行?

哈哈,什么时候学成归来啊?

fufu said...

tamiya : 爲啥看我??? 我明年就會回去了

tamiya said...

哦,在部落世界里,不是我去看看你,你去看看他,他去看看我的吗?大家都是去看来看去的啊。

想到哪里去了?

好快,要回来了。

fufu said...

tamiya : 那你就要講清楚..."來看看我的部落好了" 那我就會明白的 =p anyway 還有11個月...

Ai Shiang said...

Very comfy place, where is the bedroom?

Are you there for visit or assignment?

fufu said...

Ai Shiang : yeah for one assignment :) but still havent started >< hahaha lazy and enjoying the life here =p

bluecloud said...

你落脚的地方,虽然小但却很有家的味道呢...会不会比起酒店住的舒服自在呢?哈哈...
so u sick today?but ur porridge seen nice too...enjoy n rest more...

fufu said...

bluecloud : 對呀 很溫馨的一個傢 :) 很感激我的host :) 讓我不需要花錢的筑了一個星期

是咯 有點不舒服...但是現在好多了 =p

William said...

Samba!

fufu said...

William : yeah Brazil!!

uLi.佑莉 said...

Oh...like this ya :)

micki said...

Sincerely hope you are feeling better by now. Take good care of yourself. Your first lodging was a simple but cozy place and that was a good start!

Twilight said...

I have phobia to use gramophones as I used to break so many needles trying to play my dad's old set when I was a kid.

You are really FuFuChiao Nomad, living in so many places!! So fun and enriching! I think Curitiba streets are colourful everywhere! Have you tried cooking Brazillian dishes? Come back and cook for me!

Casendra said...

小弟,早日康复啊!

haan said...

welcome to couchsurfing.com! i'm a couchsurfer too! met a lot of good CSers before!

foongpc said...

Haha! Oldy and his brother is like me, camera shy! LOL!!

Nice place! But so quiet after 8pm? So everyone sleeps early there?

Caroline Ng May Ling said...

oh! so nice of him to offer u the stay! :D like the place! :)

Akira 思胜 said...

呵呵, 那边的夜生活会很安静的吧? :P

发白日梦^^ said...

that gramophone is very classy!
but night is silent at all after 8pm, feel so bored.....

fufu said...

uLi.佑莉 : hihihi thanks :) more about brazil will be shared here sooner =p


micki : yeah what a good start...really gotta thanks my host! gonna give him a big hug again before i leave curitiba =p


Twilight : well brazilian food is not easy to make... but well basically meat meat meat and meat :) gramophone phobia? you were too naughty...but well i love it...plan to get one in malaysia

fufu said...

Casendra : thanks :)


haan : yeah gonna meet more couchsurfers in the near future here in latin america :)


foongpc : hahahaha i dont care i will take pictures with them sooner or later :)

fufu said...

Caroline Ng May Ling : yeah!!!! he is a nice host i have ever met!!!


Akira 思胜 : 對咯 夜生活都是酒吧...街上很安靜的


发白日梦^^ : because everyone will be at the pub/bar/club :) lol noone would like to hang out on the street =p

dong ho said...

my kind of place. not so cozy yet nice enough for a short time stay.

the first photo of this post actually looks like a painting. thats how nice the place is.

im so happy seeing those photos of you in the philippines. driving a tricycle! on your return ill let you drive something youll never forget. we can race with it.

fufu said...

dong ho : yeah good!!!! amazing race in the philippines? cant wait! hihihi the neighbourhood is nice :) will upload more photos of the area sooner here :) yeah a nice lodging i must say!!! wanna go back visit them sooner...

Rafael Lam said...

I think is a great experience to live in Brazil! Know some new friends and taste all different food!
Your place is simple but nice, at least bigger than houses in Hong Kong and Macau!
Take care! 保重身體!

fufu said...

Rafael Lam : hehe the apartment i am living right now is smaller than those i have seen in HK and Macau... :) well i will take good care of myself no worry!

Lily Riani said...

take care, hope you doing ok.

i heard of couchsurfing, always wander it is trustworthy or not. i guess you proved it :D

fufu said...

Lily Riani : yeah i am feeling much better now :) thanks =p and well yeah couchsurfing is safe! just you need to find the right person that you would be comfortable with ya...but again it's always safer for man :)

Winnt said...

Get sick oversea will make U homesick de....take gd rest and start yr journey again..XD
U really get gd luck to have a nice host from couchsurfing.com...nice stay right?i will try to search my CS soon..wish me gd luck too...
有时候你不认识的朋友,了解认识后就成为朋友或好朋友了, 你放心的幸运星会左右陪伴你的lol...好好照顾自己:)

fufu said...

Winnt : haha exactly, that's why i hate to get sick whenever i am away from home... anyway much better now already :) yes! couchsurfing is nice... just you gotta select the best from the option you have :) good luck

Che-Cheh said...

Woooo guest what? I've been looking up and down for couchsurfing.com. I've been to the website but lost the address afterward. Been trying to remember back the name... and here you remind me the name back. Thank you. :)

The apartment is really simple and nice. So where you sleep?

edward said...

入夜后,很有拉丁情调,不知你有陶醉在音乐里跳探戈吗?

生病啦?要多照顾身体哦!小病是福,看,那么多朋友关心你,为你送上祝福!

早日康复!

fufu said...

Che-Cheh : hihihi yeah couchsurfing is great! you gotta make full use of this platform!!! :) i was sleeping in the reading room :) lol how nice of them not letting me sleep on the couch in the living room...lol


edward : 對呀 小病是福 :) 現在好了 :) 我之前住的地方真的很有拉丁風味 :) 超級喜歡的 =p

Bengbeng said...

there is character in the buildings

fufu said...

Bengbeng : lol which one? anyway like the building?

Pete said...

Simple lodging but well equiped!

fufu said...

Pete : yeah nice lodging!! a very good start here in Brazil

London Caller said...

Vinyl records? That's so classic!
Actually, you still can find them on sale in London's second hand shop. There are tons of them.

fufu said...

London Caller : yeah very classics right?? hohoho i also wanna get one for my new house :) well i mean in the future :) wish i can get a cheap one in malaysia

pusang kalye said...

couchsurfing.com??? are you serious? I signed up for that like 2 months ago????but I haven't opened it since then. I hope I still remember my pw.hahaha. anyways---you are lucky to have found a kind host.we'll people in latin america are warm ...just like Filipinos. hehehe

rainfield61 said...

"当你生病(孤单)你会想起谁?"

fufu said...

pusang kalye : well i got a place to stay here in Curitiba a week after i had got an account there...you shall try :) hihihi sure you can meet a lot of nice poeple ya... haha yah most of the people here are very friendly... erm also i met many bad guys there in manila >< but you are not definitely =p


rainfield61 : hahahaa 家人 =p

Lisa717 said...

from your pic, it reminds me of those mexican lifestyle where we can watch from those american movie^^ very classy n not really modern..

fufu said...

Lisa717 : why mexican? should be latin america though :) lol but anyway i will go to mexico next year...will show you more pictures from mexico then :)

lock said...

這些建築有古早味!

冒牌周武王ΨomsΨ said...

住家男人的味道..... xDD

fufu said...

lock : 對呀 這個建築物都蠻久的了


冒牌周武王ΨomsΨ : 對呀 單身最適合住這類型的房子...

stevevhan said...

ahhhhhhhhh, i love that old player. And i must agree with you that the kitchen is small yet very clean!two thumbs up for that.

Now, Brazil, is cute, i think i will associate that with Mexico and Philippines, they have some sort of similarity in design, language and living.

After 8 pm?cool!:)

Bonn Voyage fufu

fufu said...

stevevhan : yeah i like the lifestyle of filipino too :) erm brazil is nice! erm havent been to mexico but will let you know once i have visited the country next year ok? i love the apartment!! hohoho really thanks oldy!

Bengbeng said...

a great adventure Fufu.. u r one in a million i believe

fufu said...

Bengbeng : haha yeah :) i guess so too... so lucky!

海市蜃樓 said...

間屋好舒服喔,仲有唱盤可以聼唱片添。

MKL said...

Your lodging looks so retro :) But I'm fine with that. You get to experience the real Curitiba life, you're not put in a highly secured condo.

rainfield61 said...

拥抱太阳.
和太阳接吻.
我喜欢.

pattaya villas said...

That looks like a pretty cool lodging that you have there. The neighborhood looks pretty neat too.