Mercure Rio De Janeiro Botafogo Hotel
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... br> I am now sat in the Hotel Argentina, which if I hadn't been in 5* luxury for the past three nights would be what I'm normally used to!
But first, today - yes it was 'A Beautiful Day' as I predicted this morning - and if this is winter, then summer must be boiling, as it was pretty hot out there today!
After I checked out and left my bag at the hotel, I decided to walk along ...
... side of the city, you enter into this gorgeous green city with beaches and mountains and interesting architecture. We pulled into the downtown area called Gloria, and it sat just below the artsy town of Santa Teresa. We checked into our hostel at around 5:00pm or so. It was a beautiful building that sat in the heart of town and really close to everything. A lot of English speaking guests there, including a number of them from the states. The staff was really friendly and ...
... of the pool and balcony it looked far superior to ours.
We battled through the rain and set off to do a free walking tour, still a little wary and sceptical following Pedro's magical mystery tour only a week earlier. Thankfully the rain had stopped by the time we got out of the metro station and we met the Barnards and over a hundred other people waiting to do the free tour. It seemed like a lot of other people's plans were disrupted by the rain as the tour guides ...
... drama school he works in. We caught a bus there and spent the most amazing night listening to a local band play, poets, musicians and rappers in a kind of open mic night. Even, not understanding the words we thought they were good, so I'm sure if we spoke Portuguese we would have been blown away. We even joined in some dances and Luca tried, rather unsuccessfully to teach me to dance samba. The children at the party seemed to take a rather keen interest in mine and Ali's ...
... the World. The little streets around the area were all preparing for the World Cup putting up the green and gold flags - it looks like its going to be a bloody good party!
It still wasn't warm enough for the beach so we checked out the Museum of Modern Art - a new exhibition had just opened so it was packed. Squeezing through the crowds we got to see some great, hyper-realistic model sculptures of humans by the British artist Ron Mueck. They were freakily real ...