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... for wear we took the funicular up to Christ the Redeemer. Perched on a 710m high peak, the 30metre statue was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. Not only is it an imposing work of art but the views it provides over Rio are amazing. It's even better at night when a battery of lights illuminate the statue and make it visible from all over the city, including from our lounge window. Looking back at everything we had done, Rio had well and truly lived up to it's ...
... to take on board. We stopped off at a very old cafe where the queen had tea and finished off in Lapa where we got to see the famous Lapa steps. They were amazing, designed by an artist, the steps were so colourful and vibrant with hundreds of tiles with different images on them. Tragically the artist was found dead at the bottom of the steps in 2012, it was believed he set himself on fire. A bit of an eccentric or maybe crazy?!
We couldn't believe that ...
... so I jumped in and got a taxi to my hostel [Harmonia in Ipanema]. After checking in I grabbed some pizza from around the corner, talked to the guests for a while then went to bed.
Tues 12/8 Rob (a californian guy that I had met the night before) and I decided to visit Christ the Redeemer this morning. The owner of the hostel (Chris) sugested that we go to the Two Brothers instead as the view would be better and there would be no crowds. We ...
... actually have deserved to win for once still went to the more deserving team overall, though jeez the party would have been better had the Argies prevailed.
The following day I finally lined up what I was most excited for in Rio - a favela tour! The only problem was that our guide, Manuel, did not speak a word of English. With my portuguese being more limited than the dialogue of a Jason Statham flick, this made things tricky. But Dan and I were treated to a tour of an ...
... mind and thanked him for the good timed tickets. It was time to spark up and share some nicotine with Jesus. Its so surprising that its completely allowed to smoke up there. We had our moment, took our photos and had a smoke, it was time to go. We went down the stairs and once again saw a massive line for the vans, We pushed in (played the non portugese line) and made our decent with a bit more of bounce in a step. It feels incredible to accomplish something and finally tick it ...