Brazil Trip II - Bahia and Sao Paulo

Friday, December 30, 2016

After one week in Rio I took my next flight to Salvador, Bahia. It is a beautiful and historical city, a city, where you can feel the energy. Pelourinho, the historic center of the city was incredible with all those colorful houses. At the Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim you can tie a ribbon and make a wish.

At every corner you can find "Agua di Coco" and I have to admit I got addicted to coconut water over there. The taste is so fresh and sweet, especially in Salvador. Another thing, that I used to drink almost everyday was "suco de maracujà" (passion fruit juice). You have to try it!!

This views you'll get from Farol da Barra. It is a lovely place during the day and the evening. This photo was taken from the top of the lighthouse. The sunset is stunning from there! 

We did a six hours road trip to Chapada Diamantina, Lencois. The national park was very beautiful. We went to see several waterfalls, went snorkeling in caves and did some hikes.

After 2.5 weeks in Bahia I went to Sao Paulo, which was my last stop. Sao Paulo is very different compared to Rio and Salvador. It is a very modern business city.

Avenida Paulista
Catedral da Sé

Becco do Batman is full of amazing street art. I loved this place, it was very inspiriational.
I would go back to Brazil immediately if I could. It really is an amazing country, that has a lot to offer and the people over there are very friendly and kind. Yes, it is not safe everywhere, but if you take care of your stuff and avoid going to "strange" streets you will be fine. It is just too beautiful not to go over there because of this reason.

>> Brazil Trip Part I


Brazil Trip I - Rio de Janeiro

Thursday, December 29, 2016

I have spent the whole July in Brazil this year. It was definitely one of the most amazing countries I have been to. I am very glad to have friends over there, who showed me some great cities. My first flight was from Zurich to Rio de Janeiro. There is no city like Rio, where you can see many and many great things in one place. Of course, I went to see the huge "Cristo Redentor". From there you have this amazing view over the city.

This morning hike to the top of the "Morro Dois Irmaos (two brothers)" was probably my favorite thing I did in Rio. We had to go through the Favela Vidigal to reach the top. We did a private guided tour with Rio4Fun, which was a great experience. From the top you can see all over Rio from another perspective. Looking down on the other side of the mountain you can see the Favela, which was breathtaking. I really liked, that compared to the Christ or the Sugarloaf, there were barely any tourists.

The famous sugarloaf mountain and the beautiful scenery view from there. 

If you are in Rio, I can only recommend you to do Hang Gliding! The feeling was amazing. You will run down a ramp from the Pedra Bonita. I went with the company "Just Fly Rio", which was a good experience.

Arraial do Cabo
 To reach Arraial do Cabo, you have to drive around 3 hours from the city center of Rio. This place was incredible. We did a boat tour to reach 3 different islands. The water is clear blue and the sand is white. You can go snorkeling and see beautiful fishes and sea turtles. It was definitely worth going there. I did this trip with Rio4Fun.

I have uploaded a short video about my trip on my *instagram*, if you want to see more.
>> Brazil Trip Part II


welcome to my blog

Thursday, December 29, 2016

First of all, I want to introduce myself. My name is Nicole Mai and I am 19 years old. I am half Swiss and half Japanese, born and raised in Switzerland. My mother tongue is (Swiss) German. I also speak some Japanese, not perfectly but I understand most of it. At the moment I am studying Fashion Marketing and Communication in Milan, Italy. My course is held in English and I am very happy with my decision to study Fashion in this beautiful city. I decided to create this blog to share my traveling experiences with you, to blog about fashion, looks, lifestyle and everything, that inspires me.