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... no need to watch anymore). Having learned our lesson in Rio, we take a normal taxi (not a radio cab) to our hotel in Brasilia. Brasilia is a unique city in that it was basically built out of nothing during the middle of the 20th century (similar to Dubai). The Brazilian government needed to make a capital city, so they decided to design a brand new one. As we are driving through on our way to the hotel, this is all very apparent ...
... on that front!
Arrived in Brasilia around five, and settled in to our
lovely double room in the hostel part, whilst everyone else camped. Well, I say
lovely, it looked like the kind of room you might find a forgotten hostage in,
huge room with a double bed in it and a fan and nothing else, but it had its
own bathroom and the fact that there was a mattress was enough for us.
After dinner we ...
... Paolo certainly surprised us all.... it has a reputation of being crowded, polluted and generally overwhelming, but didn't find this to be true at all and really enjoyed our day taking in the sights and sounds. A highlight for Cliff was the soccer museum at Pacaembo stadium, I think he could have spent all day there. For Miranda it was just getting out into the streets in a new country and soaking up the atmosphere.
The next day and a very early start ...
Well from the exciting and wilds of Rio I vistited the new capital of Brasilia.
A strange choice not much frequented by travellers but with a passion for arcitecture, and so greatly impressed by the gallery in niteroi I ventured to check this modernist utopia out.
Dont misunderstand me that I was not glad I went, because I certaintly am. The buildings by Neiymeyer were incredible examples of brasilian modernism, but as soon as I arrived I was ready ...
... It’s all very unique and probably quite efficient, but not a city you are likely to fall in love with. I haven’t.
I had a grand view from my 12th floor balcony at the Hotel Bristol, but although I had planned to stay three nights, I decided to leave after two, and left this morning for a three hour bus ride to Pirenopolis, a small colonial town founded in 1727, about 330 years before the capital which now over-shadows it, about 150km to the north-east.