Allia Gran Hotel Brasilia Suites
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... take us all over the city. We get a nice tour of Brasilia, confirming our expectation that there is nothing around here, and finally end up at the address that the book said the restaurant was at. The book is 2 years old at this point (bought it when Liam and I began discussing this potential trip in May 2012) and so some of the information is a bit out of date. When we arrive, we see why there was such an issue getting here, it is ...
... t too bad, if lethal – a litre of Vodka, some mixed fruit juice and two
bottles of nasty red wine that nobody had wanted, but when that run out things
got really desperate and basically we were drinking Blue Caraca and fruit juice
– it was green and absolutely disgusting! It is a sign of the group that if its
basically paint stripper or sobriety people will go for the paint stripper!
... days. Miranda had found a great apartment between Copacabana & Ipanema beaches with a 5 minute walk to each. The government has been implementing a campaign of "pacifying" the favellas, in fact we visited two which had been pacified only a month previously (the drug lords having been rounded up or driven out). Contrary to popular belief, the favellas "unlawful occupation of the land" have always been safe for tourists, now they are safe for the residents ...
... city, but I already thought I would never pass by there because it is so out of the way of anything else. But then I got lucky, meeting 2 couchsurfers from Brasilia, and getting a ride from them all the way to Brasilia.
So what is so very interesting about Brasilia?
First of all, it's Brazil's capital. Not Rio. Brasilia is. I think it's a little bit funny, naming the capital city "Brasilia", just like Bolivia's money, they called it "Bolivianos". But ...
... pale blue sky in the background, it had a rather odd effect. We also had a look at several of the government buildings, including the judicial palace with waterfalls on the outside, before retreating to the relative cool comfort of the shopping malls (umm.. 'cause we needed the bank. Not because the fascinating architecture in Brasilia was anything less than absolutely fascinating...)