Buns and bikes in Buzios

Trip Start Aug 03, 2007
Trip End Aug 01, 2008

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Traveling northeast a few hours from Rio de Janeiro we planted ourselves in Buzios for a few days. Buzios is a small beach town outlined by 17 different beaches. It used to be a small fishing village until the 60īs and now it is a tourist haven full of restaurants, boutiques, and "posh" pousadas (small hotels) with "posh" prices. We were fortunate to be spotted by a fellow named Baldomere who runs a real estate agency and owns various properties in the town who was able to hook us up with some accommodations that were more in our budget and that allowed us to do a bit of our own meal cooking...a great money saver. The population of Buzios is about 8,000 but supposedly during the holiday season and summer months it jumps to nearly 100,000! We just happened to time our visit there during a 6-day Brazilian holiday so there were a lot of Brazilians on holiday there. You have to love that they have holidays scheduled for a Thursday and the following Tuesday so they just take off Thursday through Tuesday from work! There were definitely not a lot of shoestring travelers like ourselves there and we found that in general it was a different travel scene then more inexpensive South American countries.
We were fortunate to get a bit of good weather while there so we took advantage and got some good beach time in...along with much good people watching! The Brazilian bikinis and speedos were definitely in effect. The most interesting thing we saw on the Geriba beach however was not the bodies nor the vendors that sell everything under the sun (clothing, jewelry, hand bags, food, drinks, souvenirs), but rather footvolley (pronounced foosivolley by Brazilians). I looked it up on the internet after watching it and find that it has been around for a while. I had no idea! It is  described as follows: "Footvolley is the new international beach sport that is capturing the attention of fans around the world! From the beaches of South Beach - Miami, Florida and across to Europe, down to Asia, and over to Brazil and
South America; footvolley, the sport of the future is here, today! Exciting and fast paced; footvolley, is beach volleyball without the simplicity of using your hands. It is a
little more complicated and it requires a lot more skill; no hands allowed, only your head, feet, and chest". We watched men playing 2-on-2 games and were so impressed. They serve the ball from the same spot you would normally serve it, but they build up a little mound of sand, place the ball on it, and kick it over the net to start the rally! It was wild.
We also rented bikes one day and learned a very important lesson...before you pay for the bike, SEE it first! Our bikes were junk and the most uncomfortable ride I think I have ever had! The frames were way to small and the seat nearly impossible to sit on after more then an hour. It did not help that the streets were cobblestone so the extra bumpiness reminded us every moment that our seats did not have much padding. In order to make it back to the rental shop James had to rig his break system so that it would hold up. We ended up returning our bikes after only a few hours though we had them rented for the entire day because they were that bad! Not a good choice on our part. The rental agency did not seem to care that their bikes were junkola as it seemed their main source of business is the rental of buggies which many people used to buzz around the town.
It was a relaxing few days and the beaches were beautiful, especially at the end of the day around dusk when they were clearing out from all the people and we could just sit and read a book or watch local fisherman jump in their small, colorful wooden rowboats and paddle out to sea.
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