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... of kebabs after the beach and a quiet night so we were fresh for New Years Eve.
We met up with the two Aussie couples we'd hung out with earlier in the trip and hit Ipanema beach for the afternoon. We sourced a chilly bin and chilly bag along with ice & beers and were set for the afternoon. They had an apartment between Copacabana and Ipanema so we headed back there to shower, have antipasto, few more drinks and get ready into our white clothing - a ...
... city of Rio.
- Lunch of the usual grilled meats, with the servers circulating among the tables with giant skewers of meat (beef, pork, lamb, moose(?), linguica, chicken, more beef...) hot off the rotisserie.
- Then to the Sugar Loaf to see more panoramic vistas. This time a two-stage cable car ride to the top.
... beach time before leaving for our final game - Germany vs. France. I have to say - there was no indication around the city today that a World Cup was in progress (aside from the multitude of cheap souvenirs) - no French or German flags, shirts, or other paraphernalia. This is very different from other tournaments we've been to - maybe this is the lack of enthusiasm showing. Another good meal tonight at an outdoor cafe near Copacabana ...
... loud football commentary on tv that went on for most of the night. So not such an enjoyable experience as my first one. Still, it was free and convenient and I made up sleep on the six
hour flight to Lima.
I flew with Avianca Airlines and was surprised to find it was a full service flight with good food, great friendly staff and brand new planes – I would certainly fly with them again.
... we also went to a local bar and ate pizza, along with more (massive) shots of cachaca. The measures here are a basically a triple as standard. Depsite being put in a cab and not remembering how to get home I woke up in my bed not too hungover.
Saturday was awesome because Livia arranged for her dad to take us in his car on a tour of Rio. First stop was Urca, which is a traditonal Brazilian residential neighbourhood right beside Sugar ...