Mercure Apartments Rio De Janeiro Arpoador
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Hi friends! I've arrived in Brazil after a very, very long journey. It took us a whole day and night. I tried to sleep on the plane but I couldn't because there were too many fun things to watch on the TV in front of me! Our first day in Rio was really fun. We went for a walk along Ipenama beach and saw some kids playing soccer. Their coach asked …
... the walking tour. (Most of the name places I've mentioned should have accents of some description on them, but I can't find the correct keys on the keyboard to do them right! Sorry!)
That's the update for now, hope it wasn't too long winded, but there is so much good to say about this city - the pictures should also give you an idea. Tonight we go on a boat party in Guanabara Bay - it'll be packed with Gringos, but that's fun too! /
... 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.
... was just enough time to take the metro to Copacabana and watch Brazil vs. Colombia together with thousands of others. While I started watching with two Colombian girls from Cali at first, I decided not to cry with Colombia but to cheer and party with Brazil and friends. Copacabana that night was pure madness and fulfilled the ultimate World Cup expectation: Beach, Caipirinha, happy international crowd. ...
... go up and see the statue up close and get lots of photos. It was a shame however that the view was totally spoiled by the fog and smog so it was very hard to to see anything below. You could just make out where Ipanema and Copacabana were, but that was about it. I might try to go back (via the train) on one of my free days and see if the view is better. After visiting Christ the Redeemer, it was time to head to our hotel. We were meant to go to Sugarloaf ...