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Old 12-15-2005, 10:53 PM
gol4pro gol4pro is offline
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Also learn a little portuguese... seeing as the 1/2 of SA that does not speak spanish speaks portuguese.

Some basics.

Spanish--

ser = to be (as in a definite and not likely to change way)
estar= to be (in a form that changes; such as emotions or location)

Yo = I
tú you
él, ella he, she
nosotros we
ellos, ellas they


yo soy
tú eres
él, ella es
nosotros somos
ellos, ellas son

yo estoy
tú estás
él, ella está
nosotros estamos
ellos, ellas están

some useful words

dondé = where
cuanto cuesta = how much does it cost
la calle = street
la esquina = corner
la parada = bus or subway stop
metro = subway
restarante = restaurant
banco = bank
baño = bathroom
hotel = hotel
comida = food
cuenta = bill
puedo = can i?
dinero = money
llega = he, she, it arrives
cuando = when

Some quick portuguese.

ser and estar mean "to be" again, and are used in the same ways as spanish. Location is always estar.

eu = I
voce = you
ele = he
ela = she
nos = we
eles = they
elas = they (shes)
voces = you all

ser is conjugated

eu sou
voce, ele, ela é
nós somos
eles, elas, voces sao with a squiggly over the a.

Nevermind.... port is too complicated to do here, if you are going to brazil, PM me and I will right you some notes. In fact, I´d be happy to give you quite a bit of help on both languages if you´d want it.
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Old 12-15-2005, 10:56 PM
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I spent two weeks in Peru earlier this year and absolutely loved it.

If you are in to the outdoor thing, like hiking and white water rafting Cuzco and the connecting towns have much to offer.
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Old 12-15-2005, 11:14 PM
Eevee Eevee is offline
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I always wanted to go Patagonia in Argentina (may rival your Nepal trip?) I hear its nice but never been. Just wondering bruiser, how old are you and how do your friends from high school have the money to go on these trips? I am in college but my friends would never be able to go where I am able to afford...

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Old 12-15-2005, 11:20 PM
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Beaches are out they are boring. Culturally different would be nice, which makes Bolivia and Guatamala interesting. Also, there's a chance that I might go by myself, any thoughts about what would be best then? Thanks for suggestions, you guys are getting me excited. Plan to go to the bookstore tomorrow and follow up on some of your ideas.
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Old 12-15-2005, 11:28 PM
M0n3y0nf1r3 M0n3y0nf1r3 is offline
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Default Re: Travelling to South America

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Based on personal experience:


Avoids
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Venezuela
Colombia



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Well I dont know your experience there but I have gone their for 1 months time on 10 different occasions all of which have been fantastic. While I stayed with family, we took mini vacations to "Los Roques" a beutiful archipeligo for 1 week. It was very secluded and was great times if you like catamaranges and crystal clear water/beach. Also staying at the islands of Margireta are good times. This is more of a tourist adventure as compared to Los Roques, but is good times for beach, food, water. We took flight from Chicago O'hare , to Miama, To Caracas,venezuela and then from their take a 30 min flight to either of those 2 places. If you want more info just pm me.
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Old 12-15-2005, 11:39 PM
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I spent 6 months in South America between Feb. and July of '05. The only countries you need a Visa too are Brazil (maybe Suriname and those as well, but [censored] 'em).

Go to Boliva/Peru if you want culturally different. Especially Boliva. It was by far our favourite country;the people, the andes, the culture, everything about it was unreal. It is quite rough though, so be ready for that. Don't plan on doing too much in the little time you have. Pick up the lonley planet guide to Bolivia and decide what you want to do, and pick a couple places around La Paz. From there you can go to Lake Titicaca and Isla del Sol, down into the Jungle and the city of La Paz itself is spectacular.

Forget the Piano lessons.
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Old 12-15-2005, 11:44 PM
Michael Davis Michael Davis is offline
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Go to another country and take a week of Spanish classes. Look into Costa Rica. You can go to classes during the day and pay for friends at night. Or just later in the day. Or both.

Also, in every one of these places, do not leave your bag unattended ever, not for one second. That includes under your seat and, in some situations, on your back. Wrap everything you have around your chest and use your hands as safeguards. Do not carry much money.

-Michael
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Old 12-15-2005, 11:45 PM
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A week long tour through the amazon which sounded great, but not sure which place is best to go for that. Not Brazil becuase I want to do SPnaish.

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Bolivia, out of the town of Rruenabaque, north of La Paz.
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Old 12-15-2005, 11:49 PM
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anyone been to nicaragua? thoughts/comments?
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Old 12-16-2005, 12:00 AM
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You need a visa for Paraguay as well.

Place is sweet also.
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