Big and Beautiful Rio de Janeiro!
Trip Start Sep 28, 2010
57Trip End Apr 11, 2011
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Ipanema beach is definately an upscale area with plenty of upscale shopping, restaurants and bars. The beach was beautiful with lots of people and alot going on, volleyball, soccer sunning, swimming and boogie boarding. On sunday they close the road next to the beach to all cars so that there is plenty of room for the people to walk down at the beach. They also have a Hippie Fair at the Ipanema Park on sunday that I bought a new purse at (since mine was falling apart).
We took a tour to see all the major sites around Rio... Sugar Loaf mountain to ride the gondola cars, Christ the Redeemer statue, the tiled stairways of Lapa and the picturesque area of Santa Teresa with the cable cars..We also went to a Funk Party in one of the Favelas (a slum neighborhood) where the poorest of the people in Rio live. It was interesting but Vic and I were ready to leave by 3:00 but the tour did not leave until 4:00am!
We got ahold of a friend of our friend, Dave Easly. His name is John and he lives part time in Rio. He had never been to one of the Favela parties so we took him with us to the Funk party. One evening John and his friend Paul, from London took Vic out for drinks at a "special" place called The Balcony...lots of business men and beautiful "night flowers" (hookers)
We would have liked to spent more time in Rio but it is out of our budget
One of the more interesting things about our trip in Rio was our taxi ride back to the bus terminal. We left our hostel an hour before our departure for a ride that should have taken no more than 30 mins.
When I got into the taxi I did notice that his fuel gauge was on E, but who knows, maybe it's broken. Well, we are stuck in a huge traffic jam, 30 mins have passed and we are not even to the freeway yet. Then the driver decides he needs to stop for gas!! We wouldn't have been so worried except if we missed the bus we would have to wait another entire day for the next one to leave. Needless to say while the tank was being filled we tried to tell the driver we were going to miss the bus...but we don't speak portuguese and he didn't speak spanish or english! Vic points to our bus ticket showing him the time and after that I thought I saw my life flash before my eyes several times!! He drove so fast, we almost had several accidents, almost hit several people and he even drove over a barrier onto the other side of traffic. He got us there 7 mins. before the bus was leaving and we WERE the LAST passengers on the bus.