South American Copacabana Hotel
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Arrived at the hotel in the afternoon. Met with the guide. Walked to the nearest bank machine. Had lunch at the hotel - huge portion, couldn't finish, took it up to my room.
Had high fever, stayed in bed the rest of the day, ordering in tea and food. Could not order in just hot water and no coffee maker in the room, so no way to make any, so …
En Río. Cuándo lo hubiera pensado???
El hostal se encuentra a tres cuadras de Copacabana, juééé, quién lo diría???
Y es verdad!! Aquí estoy en esa calle que hace miles de años ví en una página de la revista Life... esa calle serpenteada que tanto me llamó la atención....es como si de pronto, así como la Alicia de Lewis Carrol que pasa a través del espejo, yo hubiera dado un salto en ...
... driver who already was a good friend of mine by that time had to laugh about my luck. It was a very funny and weird night with lots of turns and twists and surprises and I instantly fell asleep.
The Sunday I spent with Ana on some really nice markets for antiquities and art crafts. I bought a lot of things which I am going to take home. In the evening we just relaxed and watched some TV. The next day I left their place and I checked in the Books ...
... we made it. It was exactly as described: clean, glorious and full of men in speedos and girls in thongs. It is a busy and lively beach but simultaneously quite beautiful. We tok a long walk and a small dip in the sea before heading to a nearby restaurant for lunch.
After some brazillian 'crazy rice' and what we would describe as cheese pie, we headed back to Botafogo which is the area where we were staying. The harbour and beach offer amazing views of the Sugarloaf ...
... me I’m going to need to get used to this with steak central Argentina just
around the corner...
The rich / poor divide is really schocking and the
government needs to do more to close the gap and improve basic infrastructure
in the favelas (ok middle class altruistic rant over, for now...)
Mossie bites, heat, planes, bus journeys and cobbled streets
have enlarged my cankles to epic ...