Some people need their morning shower in order to wake up and some their morning coffee. My morning ritual is to go for a 30 minute power walk and drink half a liter of water while doing so – if I have time and it’s not raining, that is. It’s an amazing way to start the day. I really like getting up early and enjoy the world while it’s still calm before the crowds get out. It’s more relaxed, the air is a little more fresh and the light in the morning hour is so much nicer. They say motion creates emotion and I can tell you it’s true. Both your body and mind really wakes up and my own little theory is that the water is a good way to «rinse» your system before starting the day. Usually I stop 2-3 times per every walk for 10-20 seconds and just take a couple of deep breaths. You should try it too, it’s incredible how just a quick break and some deep breaths lowers your shoulders no matter what you do. Today’s morning walk was a little special though and the stop was 10 minutes instead of 10 seconds.
I woke up in Brazil, Foz do Iguaçu to be precise. A river, which is also the border to Paraguay, runs along the city and a bridge with the suitable name Friendship Bridge connects the two countries. With blue skies this morning I thought it would be a good idea to simply walk to Paraguay – so I did. The bridge was located a couple of kilometers away and the bridge itself was approximately 500 meters I guess. Arriving to the bridge I had to immigrate out of Brazil getting my passport stamped and also migrate when reaching Paraguay. I just stayed there for 10 minutes before walking back. Again, immigrate out of Paraguay just 10 minutes after arriving and also migrate back in to Brazil filling out forms and the usual stuff. This is the shortest I’ve ever been in a country and there is a reason for it. Right after the bridge you enter the city Ciudad del Este which is like a huge shopping center for the Brazilian people since they don’t pay tax here.
It was fun to get another passport stamp and actually be able to say I’ve been to Paraguay, even though I really haven’t seen the country and I don’t think I ever will. I’ve done some online research but there is NOTHING in Paraguay that attracts me, so spending time and money going there is for me out of the question.
Next up is a city I’ve been to before and which I consider is one of the most beautiful on earth and is perfect for nice morning walks along som stunning beaches. Can you guess which one?