When in Rio...

Trip Start Dec 30, 2010
Trip End Jul 06, 2011

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A cupboard we found on the internet!!

Flag of Brazil  , State of Rio de Janeiro,
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

To Mums Andy - So sorry for your loss, I'm thinking of you and love you loads man!! Took another airport picture for you. Sorry I can't be there.

Day 42 February 15th continued -
Got to Rio airport, got my bag and wait.....hang on..something smells funny!! Oh man, my absinthe bottle broke! Only a little one, but now I smell like one of those scary drunk people. I find International arrivals and out walks Dave boy. Great to see my brother, but within a few seconds, he wants to hide outside. Turns out, he sat next to some Finnish guy who drunk loads of vodka he bought from duty free and well, poor Dave wasn't left alone the whole 11 hour journey.

Nevermind bro. Jumped on a bus, to our hostel. Checked in, and, as Dave put it, we had booked the cupboard suite. Just think of a large stationary cupboard at work, well that well us, a three tier bunk bed. Anyway, we had landed in Rio, grabbed some beers and caught up.

Day 43- 50 February 15th-22nd - As in my last blog, this was a holiday, it was not travelling so in keeping true to my blog, I will not detail every single day of our trip. Instead, I will write about some highlights and some other things. But first, a paragraph from my brother!

Hi to all. Ant (or Tony as some of you know him) asked me to write a guest piece as I spent a week with him in Rio on his journey. I met a heavily fluffy bearded Ant at Rio airport, after spending a long plane journey sat next to a Finnish guy who drank 3/4 bottle of Vodka that he bought in duty free. I must find the dictionary of drunk Finnish in case this ever happens again. It was good to see Ant again, and catch up with him, and bring him out a bottle of vinegar that he has been craving.

Highlights of the week for me were;
Being shown to our cupboard (sorry room) for the week at the hostel. Not sure if room or bathroom was worst... close call.
Seeing some amazing sunsets.
All the posers on the beaches.
The views from Sugarloaf and from Cristo Redentor.
Ant's face each time he was asked if he wants any weed.
Everton knocking out Chelsea in the cup!!

I had a great week with Ant, and look forward to reading about his many future adventures

Thanks Dave!! And thanks for the vinegar and other treats!!

Rio is simply magnificent. It felt different to any place I had been so far, but don't be fooled, Brazil is expensive and you need some cash to enjoy Rio!

On day one we walked the length of Copacabana beach twice, admiring the views, on the beach and off it.

Stood next to the Christo Redentor was amazing, although, it's full to the brim of tourists. I would recommend an early visit, try to avoid those annoying people, me included.

One of the best days was sitting patiently, waiting for the sun to set on Ipanema beach . With there being some cloud cover, the colours after sunset were like looking into heaven! I feel very lucky to have been in the right spot at the right time. Of course, the hot dog on the way home was awesome, they include a small egg but similar in taste to Chile.

The journey to the top of Sugar Loaf is very exciting, two cable car rides, and if you're patient, another cracking place for a sunset, and to see some weird monkeys.

And of course, there were some stunners in Brazil, some absolute stunners!! In many ways, an ideal place to be single, but in other ways, a nightmare also. Over my time in South America, you can see the romantic side of the couples here, well, it's more evident here than back at home.

Football on the beach was fun to watch. No shin pads and playing in your bare feet! These guys were skillful and we even saw a sending off......I'm sure his reaction warranted another sending off! The last match we saw, was quality football, no chasing around, tactical and strategic. We also encountered volleyball without using your arms, women playing keep it ups, using their upper breast plate, and tuque ball (anyone from high school remember that??) I was telling Dave about it then we walked down to the beach and saw it!!

One night, walking back from seeing some football on the beach, a lady of the night was bent over the bonnet of a car, ass completely out, either she fell asleep on the job or was advertising for business to oncoming traffic. I feel, cyclists would have seen a rather convenient place to park their bicycle!

Some dude in our dorm ate one of my galaxy bars that Dave brought over, and also half a packet of biscuits that Dave also brought over. The cheek! Maybe Karma for my uni days!

I must have been offered weed 50 times. Dave none. This beard is supposed to represent freedom and laziness, not some dude who likes getting stoned. It's been trimmed since, well, using my penknife!!

Brazil was the most expensive laundry ever, $25 for a load, normally $5 in NYC, man, she even refused to sew up the big hole in my trousers, yep, a big hole!!

Overall, it was a great seven days with fantastic company, I thought I might catch up on my sleep, but a nasty bit of sunburn left me sleepless a few nights, but never fear, majority of nights on my trips have been sleepless. Rio has an amazing undertone, I cannot explain, but I remember saying to Dave over beers on the first night that it felt different to any city I have been to so far. We did not counter any trouble, the only trouble being someone ate my chocolate and well, I was getting frustrated being offered weed, at first it was a polite no, then I'd just shout No man!!

Brazil is expensive and Rio certainly is. For this reason, I won't be seeing the carnival. I'm not even half way through my trip yet and I need to save the pennies. Hopefully one of my new German friends will move out here and I'll see the carnival then!! We did see a radio sponsored bus drive slowly through Atlantic Avenue on Copacabana beach, people were dancing, drinking, and the beat was contagious, and the music, awesome, James and Sarah will have an awesome time and I can't wait to see their pictures!!

During the course of the seven days, we walked something close to 20 miles. I know that sounds crazy, but with stunning beaches, a walk doesn't seem so bad, we certainly put the miles in and now I have a cracked heel! Awesome, it's resembles a large dark paper cut, any suggestions to fix it? Superglue? Duct tape?

It was also so good to not have to pack/unpack my bag for seven days, no buses, no carrying the bags around, no looking for a hostel, but in a way, it's good to be back on the adventure and I'm now in Sao Paulo.

Again, a big thank you to all of you who are reading my blog and also a big thank you to those people who say hello or send a comment. You'd be surprised to the impact a small hello can have when killing time in a bus station or patiently riding a 16 hour bus.

Hope you liked the pictures!!
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Loren on

I am disappointed! No frontal shots!!

The real Toni Border on

Sounds like you and Dave had a great time.!!!!! I love my mask that Dave brought back it is well cool!!.....
Ahhhh the monkey is well cool!!!


The Real Pete Border on

Hey Ant...so did you and Dave end up at a tannery or a purfume factory? I guess you are a more seasoned traveller now! We'll get all the stories and 'other' pictures when we see Dave in a couple of weeks! So who has got the better tan...you or Dave? That wasn't a picture of Dave's butt at the end of your pictures was it...I know how much he likes to wear his G when on holiday!

Kimberly on

Spectacular photos Ant! Sounds like you ad a great visit with Dave. Just a week and a half before we visit the UK and then not long till we visit with you! Easton is so close to crawling. He keeps trying, but not quite there yet...any day now. I have mixed feelings, but am looking forward to returning to work and Pete is looking forward to starting his 3 month leave.

We miss you! Take care and Easton sends a big hug! xo

mum and andy on

thanks for the note,we love you too. brazil pictures are some of the best yet,it looks beautiful,we could just walk down that beach,and the sunsets are incredible,mum says you both look so happy,looking forward to next instalment.




Hi Tony hope you don't mind Pete gave me your link when you set off.I read your journey with interest.I did worry when you got lost on your bike ride,but you seem to be thriveing on any problem you get.Loved reading about the time you spent with dave,great pictures(not so sure about the girls bottoms HA HA )take care.Love Maureen xx

El on

Out of interest, was there anyone with a normal swimming cossie on??!

AndyWray on

Tchoukball! Great stuff, wasn't that the one with the trampoline frame thing? Can't believe that never caught on over here....

Bev on

Rio looks wonderful

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