Every street is a party, every corner a toilet!
Trip Start Feb 03, 2013
118Trip End Dec 13, 2013
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Where I stayed
Cafofo Hostel, Botafogo
This is my first ever blog post so please bare with me, Garry is better with words than I am in English and now Portuguese ;-) and I tend to ramble - sorry.
Thursday 7th - We had a beach day on Ipanema even though the sun was not shining. It was an overcast day but still in the 30's. We set up camp and started people watching - my new favorite past time, there is so much randomness here. I think Garry was a little disappointed with the lack of Brazilian beach babes which had been promised to him on many a Rio postcard. I however was very pleased; all the guys are stacked and take good care of themselves. It not hard out here really as there are free outdoor gyms everywhere you look. Anyway I digress; we stayed on the beach a couple of hours before I could feel my feet actually burning as I had forgotten to put any lotion on them
Friday 8th - We got up early to try and beat the crowds at Cristo Redentor (The massive concrete Jesus). We got the train up to the top of Corcovado, which was very steep in places and felt like the start of a rollercoaster. At the top the views over Rio were incredible and it wasn't even the clearest of days. Cristo himself was huge! We had seen him all over Rio but were underwhelmed with his size but up close and personal he was massive. I think it is a really nice thing to have overlooking a city like Rio. Tonight was our first night out of the hostel and we went to a local Bloco, which is an organised street party. We went with a guy who works in the hostel who used to live in the area so was our local (but American) guide. When we got there the party was dying so we decided to check out the beach and see all the night lights. On the way we stumbled across about 120 drummers practicing in a park it was fantastic. The sound and atmosphere it created really was something else and it homed into me that we were actually in Rio!
Saturday 9th - Today we headed on foot to Lapa. We went to see Catedral de Sao Sebastiao which from the outside looked ugly - simply a concrete cone coming out of the ground. We were pleasantly surprised when we went inside and were greeted with four 60m high stained glass windows. You really can't judge a book by its cover. We then went and found Escadaria Selaron, which are a set of 210 steps with surrounding walls which a Chilean artist decided to cover in tiles sent from all over the world
Sunday 10th - Today we went to Parque Lage which was a free park near to the lake. It was really cool and had random features like an aquarium with piranhas in and weird caves with massive stalagmites. Then we stumbled across a turret and small ponds which were supposed to be fed by waterfalls
Monday 11th - CARNAVAL DAY! - Since we knew it was going to be a long day we decided to sleep in as long as possible and to sleep off the hangover. We then went and had our first 'eat per kilo’ lunch. It’s a buffet style restaurant where you help yourself to whatever you want and then they weigh it at the end and you per kilo. A good idea I think and it was very tasty. We then walked up to Flamengo beach and through the ocean lined park back to the hostel. Our hostel had given us a carnaval goodie bag which consisted of fancy dress items, confetti and a plastic hat, so we dressed appropriately and headed to the sambadrome - the massive arena where the carnaval parade takes place. Each samba school has 120 mins to parade down the sambadrome to effectively show off their samba, costumes and floats
Tuesday 12th - Today we went and met Jason on Ipanema beach to have a chilled out beach day. We had two umbrellas today so no bad burning incidents. Garry and Jason played in the sea for a bit and Garry attracted a lot of attention and was being called gringo (foreigner) by the locals. We then went and checked out Jason’s apartment in Leblon before heading back to Ipanema for another Banda da Ipanema. Since I knew what to expect this time I enjoyed it for what it was. Today there were a lot of people in drag and there was some crazy stuff to see!
Chao for now amigos.
K x x x