Trip Start Sep 02, 2006
Trip End Feb 17, 2007

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Friday, September 8, 2006

It already feel like so long since I updated this. The night of the last entry we went to an english pub, the people I went out with were all at the end of their adventures through south america and in desperate need of a guiness, which costs $8 USD compared to the $0.50 for local beer. Crazy! The next day I went and hung out at the biggest mall in Botofogo (another area of the city) Me and a guy from New Zealand caught the public bus there, and I learned that the public transport is both cheap and safe, despite what you might have heard, and nice buses too, although still crazy drivers. You can´t get a regular sized coffee here, they´re always served in little espresso cups but really good coffee. I also had an amazing sandwhich with baked apple and chicken, the food is all really good here. There are lots of buffets that are either all you can eat ro you pay by the kilo. We all hung out at the hostel and played poker that night. I had six beer and didn´t feel even buzzed, the beer here is everywhere and cheap but it is really weak, good thing though. I spent the day at the beach for the first time on thursday, at Ipanema and went swimming, it was only 22 degrees though, but I still got burnt. Went out again on Wenesday to a cute little pub in Ipanema called Emporium, then we went dancing. I still don´t know what time the clubs shut down at, we didn´t leave til 5:00 a.m! People love to party here. I did a shot of vodka though and am never doing that again here, it was disgusting, the local guy said I would have a headache the next day and did I ever! It´s not very good, all the spirits are really expensive. (Well, compared to beer, they´re $6 USD) I caught the bus to Buzios yesterday with a girl from Washington whose at the end of her trip. The buses in Brazil are nicer than Canada, with big comfy reclining seats, it was awesome. Our hostel we´re staying at, Buzios Hostel, is soo cute! Only $14 USD/night with breakfast and the kitchen and common area are outside. It is paradise here! Check out if you´re interested. It is a little beach town (8600 people) where all the rich cariocas (locals) from Rio come for the weekend. Its all cariocas at the hostel. They are so nice, everybody, very patient with me and my horrible portuguese, I´m looking for someone who can give me lessons right now. I don´t want to leave Buzios, ever. We went surfing today, it was awesome, I got up on the second wave and by the end was paddling and catching the waves on my own. We hung out with our instructor for the rest of the day and watched the sun set on the beach, stunning! I tried an oyster fresh from the water too. There was a guy selling them on the beach. He popped them open with his knife and squeezed lime juice on them and we sucked them up. They looked disgusting but tasted delicious. Its independence day this weekend so there is lots of nite life going on, we´re still undecided. We walked around downtown last nite and it was beautiful. The moon is full right now so the moonlite lights up the water and you can see how blue it is even in the dark and all the boats scattered in the water. The streets downtown were built by the slaves and are made of slate-like rocks, I kept tripping on them. I also bought a brazilian bikini today, not a thong though but pretty small!
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