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Trip Start Dec 19, 2008
125Trip End Dec 19, 2009
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Tuesday 21st April. The rain cleared and we set off for the beach after breakfast (yummy brekky too at the hostel). The beach was quiet as it was still cloudy and we rented 2 chairs and an umbrella and promptly chilled all day. You get everything offered to you at your site - drinks, food, souvenirs, bikinis, hats, jewellery you name it. We took advantage and enjoyed drinks and food on the beach. The water was turbulent but refreshing. It was interesting as the locals stand by the water with little buckets and tip the water over themselves- few actually swim and I think it was because the water has rips and is rough
Wednesday 22nd April. The day was sunnier today and being a National holiday the beach was bopping. We hired the chairs and umbrella from the same hirers who treated us like old friends as we came back to him; we were on credit all day as we also got drinks from his stall. A crowded day where many many families came to enjoy the beach. Rio is a beautiful city with the mountain backdrop and the beaches are pretty. The pace of life in the city is fast but casual. There are lots of retired people in Rio it seems as a lot of older people seem resident here and they live the beach lifestyle as evidenced by the older people walking around with well tanned bodies. Drinking a few cans of beer on the beach (legally) is certainly a pleasant way to while away the hours under an umbrella.
That night, our last in Rio we took a trip on a group tour to a soccer game at the massive soccer stadium in Rio which can hold 100,000 people
Thursday 23rd April. Today is our last day in Sth America and I am sad to go as there is so much more we didn't see we wanted to. We really could have spent 6 months here and still only scratched the surface. What an amazing continent. Sad to leave we spent another half day at the beach after packing our packs up. The hostel is great and let us store our packs and use the showers before we left to go to the airport. The taxi to the airport had us there in way plenty time and I spent time updating the blog on the laptop. We ran into the Belgian couple we met on the Pantanal trip as they were on our flight so it was great to chat with them and swap stories about where we had been since then. After midnight we boarded the British Airways flight to London due ton arrive next afternoon around 2 pm. Good bye Sth America and thanks for such a wonderful trip. Highlights too many to list, we will be back another time.