Four boys, not a clue and very badly sun burnt!

Trip Start Mar 10, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Books Hostel, Santa Teresa/Lapa

Flag of Brazil  , State of Rio de Janeiro,
Friday, March 11, 2011

My first entry! Here we go....

Landed in Rio an hour late after the longest flight of my life. A whole 11 hours sitting between Jamie and James. Plane had good selection of films though, so we managed to pull through. We got in too late to get the bus so had to pay for a taxi. Typically none of us made the effort to get any Brazilian currency before coming so we had to try and get some cash out from an ATM. It took us ages to find one and we had this dodgy guy constantly following us. All our cards got rejected first time round.  Not a good start!  After trying a few different machines and cards I finally managed to get some money out, we got in a taxi and headed to the hostel. 

At first impressions the hostel looked like a bit of a dive from the outside, but when we got in we were welcomed by some friendly amigos. They showed us to our rooms, 3 bunk beds, one of them a triple bunk with no safety rails at the top (Jamie chose that one as he likes to live dangerously). The room was small and boiling hot, as you would imagine with 7 people sleeping in it! 

Too excited to sleep we went out for a drink and something to eat. We asked the hostel manager if it was safe to go out at night and he assured us that it was. As we left the hostel we saw a man throwing a bottle that was set on fire, at another man.  Then a gang started chasing him down the street with planks of wood! We waited silently in disbelief till they disappeared, and then carefully carried on our search for a local cafe. We found a local shack round the corner which served food and beer so sat down at a table. The menu was in Portuguese so we couldn't`t understand the thing. To be on the safe side we all ordered chips and beer. When the bill came we thought it was a bit steep, but too tired to look into it we paid and went back to the hostel. Later on, speaking to the hostel manager we realized that we had been ripped off!  Oh well, live and learn....

After a night of broken hot sweaty sleep I woke up thinking to myself "is this what the next six months is going to be like? Hot sweaty rooms, no sleep, and bad bio".  I guess it is, but it`s all part of the experience and I`ll have to learn to live with it..... On the up side I woke up in time for the most amazing breakfast. Fresh mango and watermelon, toast, cheese, cereal, juice, the full works! Overall I was really pleased with the hostel, great friendly staff and good value for money at  15 a night!

Later on that day we found an ATM machine that gave us all money, hurray! We then got the next bus to Ipanima beach. The beach was nice.  We somehow ended up in the gay section of the beach but only realized this after we paid for 2 umbrellas!  It was a nice beach with lovely scenery. The waves were huge, and I got swept under the water a couple of times and ended up pulling a muscle. It wasn'tt the sunniest of days so I didn'tt bother putting on any sun cream. BIG MISTAKE! We all got burnt, but life goes on.

Back at the hostel now writing my blog. Hope you enjoyed it, hopefully Ill keep it up!

Till next time x

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dadandliz on

Hey Dave, we thought your blog was great, felt like we were there!! Not sure you need to worry about sunburn when molotov cocktail throwing locals on the loose. Can't wait for next installment. Love Liz and Dad xx

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