Ibiza Copacabana Hotel
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... we decided to go to the hotel where Jim and Diane were staying...hang out for awhile, then leave for the airport.
After securing our luggage, Jim found a taxi...loaded up and were headed to Copacabana (we, as in, Jim thought) he had given the driver the address of the hotel, and after awhile I was thinking to myself 'which way is he taking us?' soon Jim started asking why we were not headed to Copacabana, the driver said ...
... organised by the hospital tomorrow though covers pretty much everything so assuming I don't get too drunk tonight will try and hit that.
Instead Carl and I headed back to the beach. This time via the metro. Being a Saturday it was absolutely heaving, but we found space and settled in. Ed joined us about an hour later. I ventured into the sea today, where there were some impressive waves. We grabbed food and a beer at a beach side bar, and ...
... between rich and poor is apparent throughout and within the country. However, in such beautiful natural and urban settings the contrast becomes much more apparent; from Sugarloaf the proximity of huge favelas (slums) to affluent beaches is obvious, and the beautiful arches of Lapa shelter police vanes and the homeless. Although Rio was definitely as amazing as it seems in all those photos, films and postcards, I guess its not called the 'city of contrasts' for nothing.
... before you get to Rio you have the impression that the statue is huge and can be seen from all over, which is partly true; you can see it from a lot of the city but it's a lot smaller than I anticipated. Nonetheless it was as impressive and iconic as I expected it to be.
With a World Cup final the next day it was no surprise that the crowds at the top were at times almost unbearable, and not just because of the Argentine presence. We'd heard their new chant ...