More Beaching we hope

Trip Start Mar 07, 2007
Trip End Oct 04, 2007

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

We flew, another positive step in the campaign for no more overnight buses!!! 

Rio, Rio, Rio.  

Well the pix from here will be like Rio youīve never seen. Raining and grey, not a soul on the beach. Not a bikini in site. Lots of soccer goals but no balls you know.

So we went to the Big Jesus, but it was belting down rain and the guy at the ticket booth said we wouldnīt see anything from the top, so we thought weīd leave it for the next day, friends went upand couldnīt even see Jesus let alone the view. Not the right season, or just unlucky. Quite disappointing though to be here and not see THE sights.

The other īmust doīRio activity is the favela tour, favelas are the many slums of the city and from all accounts sound organised with schools and power and everything, but we gave the tours a miss as police aer doing major crackdowns on the drug dealers in the slums and 18 people were killed in a shootout the day before we got there. Itīs always nice falling asleep to the gentle sound of machine gun fire...

We went to the beach and it was cool, huge waves, soft sand. Rain. But deserted and probably not often the way you see it. A unique experience. The next day was better weather, and we sat at Copacobana and had a couple of Caipirinhas and watched the world go by. It really was cool, and busier with the weather and it being a Saturday. Rio would be super cool in summertime.

We bumped into a couple from the Pantanal who were witness to the drama of theīhostage situationī it was good to see them and hear how it all went after we left. What a nightmare, I am so glad to be over that now! And we got out of Brazil safely, I was half imagining the police to pull us aside... And on our flight were acouple we met in Buenos Aires and it was good to catch up with them as well, weīve had a random day of bumping into people.

We have really been enjoying Brazilīs food, and there are loads of pay by the kilo restaurants, which is waay better than all you can eat, because you only get what you want and donīt overload your plate, what a concept! And obviously the fruit here is to die for, the passionfruit are the size of rockmelons, I saw an Avocado yesterday that was 4 times normal size, itīs freaky!

Anyway so sadly we have said goodbye to Brasil =( I really, really enjoyed it, and we saw only a tiny bit. The country areas were far better than the cities (not that we spent much time in Rio). Brazilians are wicked peope, happy, confident, helpful, funny. I woud love to go back to Bahia and explore the state more, and head north along the beaches and into the jungle. But it will have to wait as itīs a trip on itīs own. Definitely a recommended destination from us but be aware it is HUGE.
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