Back to Botafogo

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

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Rio de Janeiro,
Saturday, December 8, 2012

We headed back to Botafogo but changed hostels as Standfast was recommended to us by a fellow traveller we met on the boat to Ilha Grande. The hostel has definitely raised the bar, it is really clean, great facilities, amazing staff and met some cool people from all over the globe! They even have hair dryers in the toilets - a girl could get used to this!

After a couple of caiprinhas (cocktails made with local sugar cane rum and lime which is the most popular drink in Rio)  we were told about a club a couple of blocks away from the hostel which we thought we'd check out along with some of our "hostel friends". It ended up being some random dubstep rave in a converted higgledy piggledy house with some 90s music thrown in, very strange, not what we had pictured for Brazil but fun nonetheless. In Brazil it“s custom to pay the entrance fee for the club and all the drinks right at the end of the night, not as you go along. We found this all a bit strange, as on entry we were given a form with our names on, and each drink your order gets marked on to be totalled up at the end. This is quite dangerous as there were no prices on drinks and you have no idea how much it“s all mounting up to. Saves queueing at the bar which was great, however we were told that if we lose this little form we would be liable to pay R$300 or more which is about £100! So naturally, we stuffed it down the bras.

Last night we were invited to a Favela Funk party in a warehouse in a favela organised by a tour operator (don't panic mums!) we opted out as staying alive is pretty high on our “things to do“ list plus we“d heard some dodgy things about it. Ended up going out for ice cream instead then tea and biscuits back at the hostel, we really know how to party!

We“ve noticed how few places there are to buy ice creams in Brazil, considering the heat we think they“re missing a trick here. A handful of vendors walk up and down the beaches selling magnums and ice lollies (along with lots of other street tat, hats, sarongs, bikinis; drinks, buiscuits and prawns on a stick left out in the sun all day - or as we call them "salmonella on a stick") but we“ve seen only one or two ice cream shops. So on our search for an ice cream we ended up in KFC and bought a Mr Whippy! You can however find hot crepes, popcorn, corn on the cob and hot soups almost on every street corner in the town and on the beach. Just what you want in this hot weather!
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