BRAZIL PART 1 - Rio de janeiro 1st visit

Trip Start Mar 26, 2008
Trip End Mar 26, 2009

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Rio de Janeiro,
Sunday, September 14, 2008

My first time in Brazil and i made my way to Rio de Janeiro. Im timjed it so i would be there for my birthday and party hard! I went 5 days before so i could make friends which i did straight away. I stayed at the Mellow yellow hostel which was great, good atmosphere and nice people,.. it even had a hot tub! I had been learning spanish along my travels and now felt like a beginner again as they speak portuguese throughout Brazil.
           ......       I went to Rio with expectations but did not expect everything that happened!

Rio is amazing, surrounded by mountains, white sand beaches. You can sit people watching for hours on the beach.. its true brazilians have amazing bodies, and a hard to see thong is normal beach wear. But there are a number of whales who also decide to wear things that dissapear ! LOL My first time i stayed in Copacaban area, and i could be on the beach within 2 mins from my hostel.

My birthday went on for a few days... ending up with a local friend taking us to a flavela!... now we walk into this and imedietally see young people with large guns freely standing around.. its scary, but after a while you realise your safer there than most places... if you get hurt, they get hassle which they dont need. Poverty rides through the plae you can see it, people get shot for anything,.. but they stick together. we end up playing pool with them and chatting and dancing.

Another time we go to a proper flavela party. oh my god.. we went for the experience aswell as a party.. 3000 people in a flavela street, 4 massive sound systems that shake your internal organs, the gunned guys walking through, and people doing coke on cafe tables!.. we were part of only 12 gringos at the whole thing.. it was awesome. In the end the guy who ran it liked english and took us to the stage bit and shouted to everyone they have english guests.. i had to wave!

Rio has many thing sto see and many sides to it.. you an see the rich poor divide drastically, with hundreds of thousands living in the flavelas and skyscrapers right next to them...its crazy !..
the scenery is amazing, on my first time i visted the christ on the mountain, it was a foggy day but still great. I visted the cable car sugar loaf on my second visit which you will see in Rio part 2

I dont like football but everyone kept saying i have to go to a brazil game so i did.. and i love dit!... the atmosphere was amazing.. and i knew going to this stadium would make my football loving mates well jealous LOL

During the week I met someone soon to become very important to me and so close..Fran. We meet in a club and the next week we meet up and get on amazingly. She is a beutiful 24 year old brazilian girl and we have lots in common. After the second date we liked each other lots and had so much fun together that i invited her to my next destination "Ilha de Grande".

These are paradise islands 3 hours away from Rio.. and after speaking about it she decides to come and it changes us both in a great way... thats in the next blog entry!
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