Kindness of strangers and other tales from Rio!
Trip Start Jan 15, 2010
36Trip End Nov 09, 2010
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As a Marriott Gold member (thank you, Chevron!) not only did we use our points to get free nights at the Marriott, we also get access to the VIP lounge, which offers complimentary breakfast, beer and wine at happy hour and all day waters, sodas, coffee and snacks
Then, we returned to our hotel for happy hour, washed some clothes (and hung them with my McGyver-kit clothes line!) and then went to bed--- 15 hours later we awoke alive, healthy and ready for day 2 in Brazil!
We were planning to leave Rio on Tuesday, but a little snafu with our credit cards has required us to stay a few more days. Our updated cards didn´t arrive to Houston before we left, so our neighbors and wonderful friends (hi Eric & Lisa!) were going to wait for their arrival and then FedEx them to us. Turns out that Wednesday is a holiday in Brazil so we won´t get them until EOB Thursday, so here we are until FridayBamboo Rio is about 3 blocks off the beach (the Copacabana Marriott is ON the beach btw) and they didn´t have anything until Wednesday. So, we booked that for 2 nights and were able to cash in Jeff´s Marriott points (thank you, HP!) for Tuesday night! This all puts us in a time crunch for getting to the farm in Argentina by Feb 1--so once we figure that out we´ll write about it!
Once we had places to sleep for the week, we were free to go find some food. We ended up at a seafood place and ate some DELICIOUS shrimp and rice. It was butterflied (head on) and panfried and the rice was mixed with broccoli and spinach. We were having a lovely time, and then I got up to go to the ladies´room, and when I came back, I see the off-duty waiter who had served us sitting at our table talking to Jeff. The first thing he says is something along the lines of how lucky Jeff is to have a youngster like me at his side ;) Somehow between my Spanish and his rough English we are able to communicate and he asks if we would practice English with him and walk along the beach. Well, of course I am skeptical but I figure it is still daylight and turns out he is a wonderful family man who really did just want to practice his English! So, we spend an hour or so talking to him and having a few beers and then we call it a night!
Tomorrow we´ll go see sugarloaf mountain and the giant Jesus statue and figure out how we are going to get to Iguazu Falls!