Jesus it's cloudy

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Rio de Janeiro,
Saturday, December 4, 2010

I woke up feeling extremely tired at about 10am then again we had probably managed about 6 hours in a Caprinha coma. I had a small piece of melon but couldnt really fit anything else in despite yesterdays lack of food, I think it is a temperature thing. The lady however was quite simply not for waking and it took till after 11am before she would even consider getting up.

We walked down to the bus stop in the Cocacabana and spent about an hour waiting for the bus, we then found out we were at the wrong bus stop so it wasnt a particularly great time we had. It was brightened by the locals who dont like to wear anything to the beach to cover up so an almost constant stream of thong clad ladies with almost just a pair of nipple tassles would be crossing the road. Some of the sights here just have to be seen to be believed. We eventually found the right bus stop a couple of streets further down towards the beach, and at last we saw our bus number turn up. We jumped on board a really busy and really hot local bus covering our pockets and holding the bag in a manner no one was going to get a single penny off me.

We had no particular idea where to get of the bus so with the Lady not wanting to converse with the conducter I acted out my best "Can you show me where to get of for Christ the Redeemer" obviously with a little Portugese 'Obragado' tagged on the end. It was obviously so good that he told us to get off the bus at the wrong stop and we had to walk about 15 minutes past several other bus stops on the way. We soon found the train though and the stream of bus an taxi drivers wanting to take you up the hill. At the train station there was a guy working for the train company who spoke enough English to explain it was vewry cloudy and there would be no view. With only a day left in Rio though we made an executive decision to do it anyway, so joined the rather small queue. Impressively the same guy stopped us again and said "you will not get a refund and you can[t see anything", we had assumed this had meant that there was no view of the city but you would still be able to see Christ, we were wrong, and he clearly said, "you will not even be able to see any of the statue". We were not paying 15 quid each to have a train ride in the clouds so decided we would get back on the bus, and go up Sugerloaf as a second best choice which was clear on the way.

As the bus got to the area around Sugarloaf that too was now covered in clouds and therefore not worth spending 20 quid doing. Today had started to become a bit of a tired shambles. We got back to Copacabana and had another mooch around the area finally getting some food at about 4 or 5pm. One of the 'when in Rio' things to do is eat at a 'by the kilo' place. Essentially it is a big buffet and barbeque where you pay for the weight of your food. The price didnt seem too bad but when we got to the food, I could hardly lift my plate up, that it turned out was about 95% of the cost, we had assumed you would deduct the weight of the plate, I think I will take my own paper plate next time. It was really good though with some very, very rare beef that was lovely.

We got back to the hostel after that and decided to have a lie down and watch a bit of The Apprentice, which we ended up doing for about 3 hours until happy hour started in the bar. We were down the stairs like rabbits then and enjoyed the two for one Caprinhas a bit too much again, it is just one of those drinks that go so quickly, are so refreshing and easy to drink you can blast about 10 a night no problem, a drink we definetly need to master for summer evenings in not so sunny Salford, saying that we will probably be on hot chocolate and vodka, which we mastered back in the freezing cold of the Russian winter.

The guys who we went to Lapa with came back from dinner not too long afterwards and we sat about having a drink, comical conversations and generally a good time too. We did however get to bed early for a change at about 11:30ish as we had a busy day tomorrow maybe having to wait the whole day for Jesus to reveal himself to us!!
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