Blog Posts - Gareth Leonard



Sydney Mardi Gras Parade

Thanks to an invitation by local friends, I had the opportunity to join Sydney’s GLADD (Gay and Lesbian Association of Doctors and Dentists) organization on their safe-sex themed float at this year’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade in Sydn...
by Tourist 2 Townie on May 30, 2016

Mt Everest Base Camp Trek – Vlog V

Today is the day! We made our way up the trail in between the Khumbu glacial moraine and the mountain walls. We picked our way through massive boulders before reaching the town of Gorak Shep where we stopped for a well earned lunch. Recharged, we mad...
by Tourist 2 Townie on Oct 12, 2015

Travel Deeper – Brazil

Five years of traveling deeper in South America, and it all led me to this… One of the most incredibly difficult and absolutely amazing years of my life – Living and traveling in Brazil. The goal was to live in Rio de Janeiro, travel arou...
by Tourist 2 Townie on Mar 16, 2015

Amazon Rainforest Adventures

There are certain places on this planet that seem almost like fiction. Unreachable destinations that you expect to only see in story books and documentaries. The Amazon Rainforest in northern Brazil was one of those places for me. So when I had the o...
by Tourist 2 Townie on Feb 20, 2015

Amazon Rainforest Adventures

There are certain places on this planet that seem almost like fiction. Unreachable destinations that you expect to only see in story books and documentaries. The Amazon Rainforest in northern Brazil was one of those places for me. So when I had the o...
by Tourist 2 Townie on Feb 20, 2015

Bonito Brazil: Mother Nature’s Playground

When I asked Brazilian friends on places I should visit while traveling in southwestern Brazil, the overwhelming response was always Bonito. The small town of just over 17,000 people is tucked away in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul and is...
by Tourist 2 Townie on Jan 16, 2015

Bonito Brazil: Mother Nature’s Playground

When I asked Brazilian friends on places I should visit while traveling in southwestern Brazil, the overwhelming response was always Bonito. The small town of just over 17,000 people is tucked away in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul and is...
by Tourist 2 Townie on Jan 16, 2015

Top 5 Best Beaches in Rio de Janeiro

I spent the last year living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and have had the opportunity to experience many beautiful beaches in and around the city. The beach culture in Rio is awesome and it is transparent in all facets of life here, especially on Sund...
by Tourist 2 Townie on Jan 7, 2015

Top 5 Best Beaches in Rio de Janeiro

I spent the last year living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and have had the opportunity to experience many beautiful beaches in and around the city. The beach culture in Rio is awesome and it is transparent in all facets of life here, especially on Sund...
by Tourist 2 Townie on Jan 7, 2015

Pantanal Wildlife & Piranha Fishing

As mentioned in the video, The Pantanal wetlands weren’t even on my radar until I arrived in Brazil. Friends at the tourism board suggested I visit the region, so after a little research, I caught a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Campo Grande for a...
by Tourist 2 Townie on Dec 5, 2014

Gluttony in Gramado

Just a two-hour bus ride from Porto Alegre is the beautiful town of Gramado, Brazil. Thanks to the Portuguese, German and Italian immigrants who settled here in the 1800s, the town’s architecture, food and culture makes you feel like you’...
by Tourist 2 Townie on Nov 14, 2014

Porto Alegre: Gauchos, Galleries and Girls

Porto Alegre, home of great meat and beautiful women. If I made a welcome sign for the city that’s what it would say. Maybe it would have a Gaucho on their too, maybe holding a paint brush. Porto Alegre is the Capital of the Brazilian state of...
by Tourist 2 Townie on Nov 7, 2014

Things To Do in Sao Paulo, Brazil

São Paulo, Brazil is the largest city in South America and known for its incredible food, buzzing nightlife and never-ending high-rises. As I said in the video, I was completely overwhelmed when I arrived in the big Brazilian metropolis, so I enrol...
by Tourist 2 Townie on Oct 27, 2014

Capoeira and Culture in Salvador Bahia

Salvador is the cultural capital of Northeastern Brazil and heart of Afro-Brazilian heritage. Like the wrinkles that shape an old man’s smile, the city is an incredible blend of beauty, history and grittiness. I had the opportunity to spend a few d...
by Tourist 2 Townie on Oct 10, 2014

Travel Deeper Brazil: Salvador Bahia

Salvador is the cultural capital of Northeastern Brazil and heart of Afro-Brazilian heritage. Like the wrinkles that shape an old man’s smile, the city is an incredible blend of beauty, history and grittiness. I had the opportunity to spend a few d...
by Tourist 2 Townie on Oct 10, 2014

My Paradise in Paraty

When people give their definition of paradise it often includes white-sand beaches and warm, crystal clear water. Like a gay guy looking at Megan Fox, I can appreciate the the beauty, but it’s not my idea of perfection. My paradise is bright g...
by Tourist 2 Townie on Aug 29, 2014

My Paradise in Paraty

When people give their definition of paradise it often includes white-sand beaches and warm, crystal clear water. Like a gay guy looking at Megan Fox, I can appreciate the the beauty, but it’s not my idea of perfection. My paradise is bright g...
by Tourist 2 Townie on Aug 29, 2014

Picturing Paraty

The beautifully preserved colonial town of Paraty snuggles itself between lush, green mountains and a bright blue bay. Whitewashed buildings and cobblestone streets serve as a real-life oil painting that you can walk through. After a great trip to Bu...
by Tourist 2 Townie on Aug 27, 2014

Picturing Paraty

The beautifully preserved colonial town of Paraty snuggles itself between lush, green mountains and a bright blue bay. Whitewashed buildings and cobblestone streets serve as a real-life oil painting that you can walk through. After a great trip to Bu...
by Tourist 2 Townie on Aug 27, 2014

A Weekend Warrior’s Guide to Buzios

In desperate need of an escape from all the dudes in Rio after the World Cup, a few friends and I headed east to the peninsula paradise they call Buzios. Just a three hour bus ride from Rio, it’s the perfect getaway for Cariocas seeking ref...
by Tourist 2 Townie on Aug 15, 2014


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