Hotel Santa Clara
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... were last there.
Afterwards we continue along Avenida Atlântica to Leme, the district where we lived for our first year in Rio. We see our apartment, and this too looks unchanged.
The light is strange. It has been misty since we arrived, and the temperatures have been pleasantly cool. Our host advises us that before we arrived the weather had been unusually hot. We get in a few photos, but they don’t show Copacabana as we knew it. We’ll try again tomorrow. ...
... and discovered the 2 best departures were full. Luckily got some good info and it worked in my favour – cheaper crossing ½ closer to Rio and was able to reserve the bus too!
Tourist info at the bus station was helpful so got a bus from there to Copacabana to cut costs as 90 reales from there in a taxi – paid 13 for the bus and 25 for the taxi on the ...
... a whole lot goes on there so when the bar started packing up at midnight and with nowhere else to go our evening’s festivities came to a close.
Dawn of a new day and the first real one of our trip, breakfast at the hostel with our new compatriots with the standard banter about how everyone felt.
Our bus did not depart until 11 so we killed the last few hours in Rio by finally heading for a swim at the beach or would have until we got our feet in and found just ...
... chucking it down. To get from the train to the statue you had to climb about 100 steps, i was the only one who didnt take the lift and walked up this stairs which actually was to my advantage as it meant i was the only one up there because everyone else was in a que. Whilst waiting in the ******* rain to get the train back down to street level i ended up speaking to the couple infront of me once i knew they spoke english. Noah was from america and his girlfriend ...
... had a wonderful ability to put a smile on my face every time I saw her.
I had originally planned to do the hike a few days earlier but Patricia requested that I do it another day as she wasn't able to do it. The reason being Patricia very sadly suffers with motor neuron disease and the cruel limitations that come with it. This left me feeling a little sad and I decided that I had got to the top in her honour. That she was there in spirit as I was thinking about her ...