Trip Start Dec 03, 2012
Trip End Feb 25, 2013

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Oztel Hostel

Flag of Brazil  , State of Rio de Janeiro,
Monday, December 3, 2012

So after our casual 24 hour trip to Brazil and standard wait in customs we arrived in Rio at about 11pm local time, by this time we just wanted a shower and bed. We took a taxi and got dropped off at the hostel however there was no answer at the door and no sign of life. We exchanged a worried, panicked glance thinking that we may be left on the streets of Rio at almost midnight on our first night with nowhere to go, but luckily our nice taxi driver called the Hostel and we were in!

We got upgraded to our own room which was a bonus however the door did not lock, so maybe not such a generous gesture as we first thought! The hostel was pretty funky and clean and the staff were friendly. We both grabbed a shower, Steph seemed oblivious to the fact that the electric shower was sparking and smoke was pouring out of it, had a lovely hot shower and went to bed. Amy on the other hand didnīt fancy risking it with the whole electricity and water mixing. Managed to get hold of a handy man and with my very limited Portuguese we came to the conclusion that "no funciona" so cold shower it was!

The area of Botafogo is nice and central and in a safe neighbourhood, took a walk to Copacabana the next morning and enrolled into Language school, a hard life.

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