Mercure Rio De Janeiro Botafogo Hotel
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... festa of the Fraternidade DescendÍncia Americana, the brotherhood of Confederate descendants in Brazil. All is not what it seems in the world.
For our one day in Rio, Sandy had arranged a tour with a local guide, but was unable to go as she woke with a terrible migraine. Four of us, however, pushed ahead. Things didn’t go too smoothly at first. Based on e-mails after the fact, the guide told us he had been hospitalized the night before ...
... Bible'. We found out there was a masquerade party on that night from these Israeli lads in the hostel but the three of us didn't fancy it so we went for a few beers instead. Went to a Brazilian style restaurant known as a 'Churasscaria' and for €10 each we got a big platter of steak,chicken and pork with chips and rice. Stuffed ourselves and went back to the hostel.
The good part is the junior Flemengo and Vasco teams were playing and the crowd was so into it we had a treat of 2 games. The crowd grew about an hour before kick off then the rival fans started with singing, drumming, flags and chanting, bantering back and forth between Flamengo fans (to the right side of the stadium) and then Vasco to the left.
At kick off the clouds were gathering above the stadium ...
... been yet and I wanted to see it. By this point it was probably around 12. So we jumped in a cab and off we went. It was cool on the beach, there were some bars and some people playing music and we were dancing and drinking. We stayed there quite a while. We then got hungry at about 3 so we went looking for food. We sat to eat a burger and then got chatting. I was chatting to some Argentinians and Emma was chatting to a group of guys from the states. We ended up chatting with the, until ...
Walked up Leblon, Ipanema and half way up Copacabana beach and back today. It's longer than I thought and really hot - got a bit sunburned despite using sunscreen. Went for a nap in the afternoon then read the Economist with a beer at the hostel. In the evening went to dinner round the corner with Chris (German), ...