Rio de Janeiro

Trip Start Apr 12, 2008
Trip End Jul 20, 2008

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Rio de Janeiro,
Friday, May 9, 2008

4 days in Rio!
We were a bit wary on arriving in Rio - lots of Lonely Planet warnings, violence, favelas, donīt get in a taxi, donīt  ride buses at night, donīt wear ANY jewellery, donīt walk on the beach side of the road, donīt carry cameras, credit cards, money - what can u do!!
And the state of the hotel where we imagined settling in to luxury for 4 days didnīt help!  I wonīt go into details.
By day 2 we started settling in.  Made a friend - Oliveira - so now weīve drunk Capinheiras, visited bars, wandered Lapa, Santa Teresa, ridden the cablecar to SugarLoaf (Pao de Azucar), hung onto the Bonde (tram) up the hill, froze our butts off at Christo Redentor, eaten in `by the kilo`restaurantes, drunk Cafezinho (little throw-down coffees after our meal, visited the pyramid shaped modern Cathedral and listened to good Samba, snorkelled on a Schooner around the islands at Agra - beautiful!!!!!!!!!
So now its our last night, and off to Madrid tomorrow!
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