Terra Brasilis Hostel
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Enfin le grand tour a commencé! Et il commence en force avec la mégalopole carioca de 8 millions d'habitants dont les quartiers font rêver a la simple lecture: Copacabana, Ipanema, Botafogo, Maracana, entourés de favelas, et jalonnés de montagnes dont les plus célèbres sont certainement le Corcovado (le christ rédempteur) et le pain de sucre.< …
... see what is apparently one of the best beaches in the world with awesome waves. There were also monkeys in the jungle on our way, they kind of looked like squirrels though. That night we had a traditional Brazilian fish dish which tasted amazing, then we had nutella crepes mmmm.
Our last day on the island a few of us hiked to a waterfall then onto a pretty much deserted beach, that night we had dinner on the beach then grabbed some ...
... train station (from which there are no available tickets to the statue) and we are then told to get a taxi to the top of Corcovado mountain where our tickets allow us to take a minibus to the statue. So we hail a taxi and after the first two refuse, the third agrees and without understanding much of what he is telling us he takes us to the minibuses. The taxi's meter says eighteen Reals, but he is telling us it's a hundred Reals. Apparently he was explaining this on the way. But ...
... the lights of Rio started coming on and the whole bay area started to twinkle. The view was amazing, so much so we almost forgot to leave to catch our bus back.
Sunny, warm (apart from up by Christ where it was windy and cold).
Day 5 - 28/05
A cloudy, rainy (British) day put pay to our hope of a beach day so instead ...
... library in Rio established by the local Portuguese community - the wealthy ones, obviously. The library has volumes dating back to the 1600's (maybe older) and modern volumes as well. If a book is published in Portugual, a copy makes it way to this library. The items circulate, but only for members of the Royal Gabinete Society. It is open to the public to use the volumes in house. I could not quite figure out what ...