Sleep Inn Ribeirao Preto
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So we got to Tabatinga, not as dangerous as everyone makes it out to be. I mean, yea it was dodgy and we almost got run over a few times, but all in all it was OK. The hotel was nice, I should have hoped so for the price we paid for it (We felt like going quality for one night as we knew we`d be spending a lot of time there and not venuring out too much. Turns out we ventured out to the airport far too early the next day, getting the time zones mixed up due to our phones being ...
... a look see inside showed that the reinforcing wire had started to fail. Time to change. A new Mitas E08 for the rear and a Continental TKC80 for the front. Old tyre lives: rear 8,500 km and front 10,000 km. Pity about the rear as it had some 2,000 km of tread left.
Colin's electrical problems:
This issue turned out a trail of incidents. Initially the battery was chief suspect but eventually the main culprit was the alternator which ...
... the football stadium and a general drive through the older suburbs. And of course a drive by the beaches: Copacabana and Ipanema.
Dinner was pizza with beers on Cocacabana beach after having dabbled our feet in the surf of the Atlantic ocean.
On Tuesday we set off for a walk to the headland between the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. The goal was to visit a naval fort set up for defence of the city, A very impressive ...
... and tidy, including the industry and silo storage areas. Good roads with tolls on any that are more than two-laned, and lots of trucks!
Every so often we passed a traffic police station and adjacent yards full of crashed cars and motorcycles. It seems that if there is a dispute after a crash the vehicles are locked in a police compound. Anyway the impression is very sobering and we were very careful passing trucks and avoiding latin drivers. So far ...
Today I visited Ribeirao Preto, a city about 1 hour north of Araraquara, with an other IAESTE student. Its nickname is the 'Brazilian California', because of its wealth and technical industries.
It is also the city that the french team stayed in during the world cup, so french flags were everywhere!
I only explored downtown but from the bus saw some of the rest of the city. The outskirts are a lot more like California than the center is; the was a huge Carefour and lots ...