It's Carnival week in Rio!

Trip Start Feb 16, 2012
Trip End May 03, 2012

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Rio de Janeiro,
Thursday, February 16, 2012

Hi everyone

I arrived safely in Rio after what was a very long trip. It is now just after 8pm local time which means it is now 9am on Friday morning and most of you had a good nights sleep and are now at work! I didn't get much sleep at all - a couple of power naps really as we travelled in daylight the whole way.

I was excited when we landed in Santiago as it hit home that was going to be the first place I set foot in Sth America. The landscape was ver dry & brown in Santiago but it looks like an interesting part of the world - which I will explore later in my journey. The land seems very flat then suddenly rises to these massive mountains.

My first glimpse of Rio, as the clouds parted, was breathtaking. What an amazing HUGE city! I was looking out the window going WOW - I have never seen anything quite like this before. As far as the eye could see the ground was covered in buildings.

Only disappointment so far was that the transfer I had organized never happened. I was expecting to see my name on a piece of paper as I walked out of customs but alas, it was not to be. I waited for a while - the airport was really calm compared to some I have landed in (think Delhi!) so I felt ok doing that. I had made "friends" with the lady sitting beside me on the plane even though she spoke no English and I spoke no Spanish (she is from Argentina) so we kind of hung out together as she was waiting for her "amigo" to pick her up. In the end I just paid for a cab and will take it up with the travel company.

Driving into Rio from the airport was an experience to say the least. Traveling in India has really prepared me for scary car trips! First glimpse of the Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf mountain were amazing however and Copacobana beach has a real vibe about it, even in the short time I have been here.

Well, time to crack a can of Brazilian beer at the roof top bar and then try to get some sleep.

Adios amigos!
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Ben Bianchini on

Great to hear of your experience so far, wish I was with you,
love mum and dad

Clare on

Hey, this is all too exciting. Hard to believe you are actually in Rio. Woohoo. Are they ready for you? 16 hrs behind Perth is going to be hard for my brain!

Janine on

Better go get that brazillian and hit the beach or perhaps you can have another drink and soak up all that is Rio.

Adios gringo.

Kellza on

Hey Curly - see, I can use the computer!!!! Well, life's not much altered since we saw you last week - hee hee. Your's however, sounds pretty awesome (accept for transfer problem but really, you are on an adventure). Where you be now? I got your txt msg's - the first at 2am - is ok, i slept through it. We've just been to the Swallows for dinner and beers. I feel nothing compares to your fun!!!! (is that a song?). Lots of love to you curlo - missing you and i still can't really believe that you are there!! Kellza xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Grace on

Hey Curly 1, I love reading about your adventure, and I can't wait to see what's next. Can't believe you're in RIO!!! Hope you're enjoying yourself and you're having fun. Lots of LOVE Grace xxooxxooxxoo

JedElvis on

Keep an eye out for Duran Duran and the ghost of peter allen while you are in RIO....Cheers Jed

Kylie on

I'm not even gonna try and top the humour of my Whelo relatives (although I am stunned to see that Kel can actually be PC savvy..... :P) Sounds like a great start to the adventure...taking it easy and soaking up the local culture (just like we did in Europe!) Wish we were there with you - its going to be an awesome adventure. Don't forget to look for us when you are in Peru (I'll remind you when it gets closer)

chris n allen on

hey cath,
what a wonderful start to your holiday. its 'funny' reading your log as it reminds me of writing ours when we were travelling. keep enjoying all that your trip will offer you. love heaps xxxxx

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