Finally Arrived in Rio
Trip Start May 31, 2008
107Trip End Jun 01, 2009
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The next day we were fortunate to get very nice weather - clear, and so sunny and hot. We went up to see the Christ on top of Corcovado. The flowers and huge trees on the way to the Christ were gorgeous, and the views from the top did not disappoint
Our last big event in Rio was watching a local soccer match at Maracana. We went with two Brazilians from the south of Brazil. They were excellent tour guides and interpreters. The soccer match was lively, but the biggest attraction by far was the old man yelling, swearing, and overly exerting himself during the game. He was so animated that most of the tourists watched him more than the players. Bruno said there is always an old man like this at the game - but it's even funnier when the loud fan is an old woman! Also, going to Maracana gave us a taste of the other side of Rio - the non-touristy, dirtier, and sketchier side.
We got back to our hostel and chatted with our new Brazilian friends. We learned some Portuguese phrases (I don't eat beef was a good one.), and talked more about our trip plans. It was an excellent way to end our stay in Rio, and I even got tips on what to have for breakfast. I have to say I am enjoying eating coconut cake every morning. A bit different from the fiber cereal and sugar free yogurt I used to have.