Jesus finally reveals himself

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

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Klein Hostel

Flag of Brazil  , State of Parana,
Sunday, December 5, 2010

I was climbing the walls ready to go at 7am, the Lady however was still not for rising but she finally got herself together by seven thirty and we were checked out of the hostel and our stuff locked up before 8am. We wandered down to the bus stop again (now knowing where it was) and it was a real mixed crowd it seemed of people finishing their night out beer bottles in hand and the early risers sweeping their steps. The bus wasn't long though and another case of deja vu we were doing exactly the same journey as yesterday, the bus though was empty and hardly any traffic at all on the roads. We arrived in about 15 minutes and got off at the right bus stop this time. The train hadn't started running yet and no one was around to tell us of cloud or anything so we chanced our arm and bought two tickets for the train to take us up there. The train left very shortly afterwards and wasnt even full.

As we arrived at the summit it was a bit cloudy but there in front of us was Jesus slightly covered in mist, truly amazing. Within 5 minutes however the cloud had cleared completely and we had amazing views of the city and its famous landmarks, including Sugarloaf Mountain, the Maracana and of course the beaches of the South. We also got to see some of the favela's on the way. In the end we have opted not to do a favela tour, something I always fancied doing but with all the recent violence and shoot outs it just didn't seem like a good idea. I also heard that lots of these tours just put you in a big jeep and drive you round quickly so you dont really get into the heart of action.  We were also concerned at feeling like we were going to gawp at 'the poor people' and that it might be a bit of a circus but with most reputible tour guides some of the fee goes back in to the community so this didn't bother me.  Anyway it just wasn't to be.

Anyway back to finding the Lord.... This has been by far the best thing we have seen in Rio and the views and the statue itself are awesome, thankfully it was fairly crowd free when we were there but after about 35 minutes it started to get really, really busy and incredibly hot. We decided to head back down and either make the end of the hostel breakfast or head to Sugarloaf Mountain. On the bus we decided Sugarloaf was probably not worth the money (great to see but we couldn't justify it on our budget). It is far lower down than the redeemer and more expensive to boot. We decided to save the cash and head back (Erica edit: This also might have had something to do with Andrew's phobia of cable car gondolas but I didn't mention anything). So that is what we did. We spent about an hour doing the blog so we both got on a computer and caught up a bit before we got chatting again to the crowd that we had been to the Lapa samba street party with.  As we were feeling a bit burned out, I think everything is catching up with us (we are loath to let it), we spent the afternoon chilling out and watching the little monkeys playing in the trees at the back of the hostel - very cute little things I don't know what their actual name is though.

We were beginning to feel hungry so decided to check out the 'all you can eat' restaurant that everyone had been raving about in the hostel.  It was about a five minute walk from the hostel and on the way we saw loads of football fans crowding the streets all football shirted up and also the ubiquitous thonged and speedoed beach goers.  It was a bit pricey for us but we were starving and didn't want to go to the 'weigh your plate' restaurant again although the rare beef was divine, at 7 pounds each there was a lot of choice and we did get our moneys worth though Erica got caught filling a plate of strawberries when dessert wasn't in the 'all you can eat' price - she was gutted.  Back at the hostel we booked our taxi to the airport, this time we made sure that we were going to the right one, and entertained ourselves by sitting in the garden listening to all the football supporters in the neighbourhood watching the game - lets just say you could hear when they scored deafening cheers and horns would echo around the highrises. 

Time came to leave and almost as soon as we got in the car it started to poor down with rain, it was absolutely torrential.  It seemed that we had somehow miraculously managed to time our time in Rio absolutely perfectly - it was chucking it down as we arrived too but then in the morning was beautiful.  Little did we know.  We got to the airport and found that every other flight was delayed apart from ours (nothing was mentioned at check in).  This didn't seem that strange to us at it has happened before when we were in New York in a hurricane and every other flight was cancelled apart from ours back to the UK (although in these situations you wonder if you are the fool actually getting on the flight).  However after about 4 hours we found out that our flight was indeed delayed so we holed ourselves up near to the closest plug socket and watched 'The Girl Who Played With Fire' on the laptop as the rain pored in through the roof making puddles all over the tiles floor.  All the shops had closed including the only cafe and we were knackered and feeling a bit ropey after the all you can eat.  We got up and Erica managed to slip in a puddle of rainwater in her flip flops she said she didn't hurt herself but was limping a little for a while.  We saw lots of other flights leave before ours but we were just glad everything had started to move - there were also lots of announcements being read out but only in Spanish so we didn't understand a thing.  We got on the flight finally about 4 hours late but we were just glad that we were on our way - we could get to the hostel in Foz de Iguacu and have at least a few hours sleep before our trip to Iguacu Falls on our pre-arranged trip tomorrow.

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