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... food baby tonight. Ahhh, nice to sleep without a food baby.
On Saturday, still cloudy and misty out. Not cold but not the glorious Brazilian weather we were expecting. Walked down and rented some bikes for the morning. Rode down the beach from Ipanema to Copacabana and on past to Leme which is the oldest area in Rio. Was a great ride, along the ocean, past fancy sand castles and just checking things out. Great way to see things. Stopped on way back to hotel and checked out ...
... music acts perform. The girls were being transported there and back with family so I went with the group from the hostel. The number of other people in said group, was zero. So there I am on the bus to the Favela on my own. We picked up more people at other hostels. Four lads from Clapham joined the entourage and I had a laugh with them. We may have over indulged and I may have become seperated from the lion pack and danced with some questionable locals only ...
... très vite leur rythme ... (
Mixtou le matin, bière chez Sually, observation des maquaques le
matin qui viennent quémender des bananes...). Par contre, il faut
savoir que toute traversée de la favela pour y entrer ou en sortir
peut prendre le double de temps nécessaire tant nous rencontrons de
personnages sur notre passage..
... then that we were going to get a good view over the city when we went to visit the statue later that day!
Rio itself though is a massive city, sprawling along the Atlantic coast with so many tall buildings to accommodate the millions of people living there. The natural steep hill sides that divide up the city look like lone sentries keeping a constant watch over everything.
On closer inspection, as we passed by the main 'centro' area of the city, it felt like ...
... clouds at the forest below. An Italian (Mateo) and Irish (Damien) starting up the Via Ferrata (iron cable route near our climb that goes to the top of Pao de Acucar)
Let the climbing begin! Ben on the first pitch of the Italians Route on ...