Day 1

Trip Start Sep 21, 2009
Trip End Apr 10, 2010

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Rio de Janeiro,
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

We arrived yesterday (21st) after a smooth but slightly boring 11 hour flight and caught a crazy taxi in the rain which took us to our hostel. Temperature about 19C. Hostel is muy basic (although that`s spanish so not allowed!).

Today we woke up at 5am and then had to force ourselves to sleep until 9am. Had a shower with no locks on the doors. Access to bathrooms via another dorm. Breakfast consisted of a roll with jam, tea/coffee and fruit. Not bad for 6 a night.

We ventured in Rio on the metro and had lots of communication problems - when they finally understand our question we can`t understand their answer. At least the hostel lady speaks fluent English - probably a good reason to stay for the week.
Ended up on Copacabana beach and as we wandered round, fairly dazed and confused, we felt like Si Ray was very correct in his description of our trip (so far).

We had lunch in this place where everyone looked very local and so felt very good about "keeping it real" - except for the fact that we couldn`t understand what was going on and we potentially frustrated the lady trying to serve us (but she was nice enough - we didn`t start any fights!). It was a buffet style thingy where you paid according to the weight of your food - like pick`n mix.

Anyway ... now we`re in an internet 'place' on the 11th floor of some building - all very strange. At some point we`re going to have to find our way back without a map (we have been trying to find one but couldn't really understand what the people we asked were saying - nevermind. 

Feel free to join us next time! At the moment it feels like anything could happened ...
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sophie_chick on

Sounds great!
Hi guys, sounds very adventurous so far. I remember how disorientated I was in Hongkong and wandering around not sure what was going on - I'm going to enjoy reading your blog!!

sophie_chick on

Sounds great!
I thought I'd posted a comment - but maybe just previewed it and forgot to post!! Sounds so exciting and crazy - it's wierd that feeling of being so disorienated and not knowing what's going on - glad the land lady speaks fluent english - handy!! It's great being able to read this and see what you're up to!!

sophie_chick on

oh dear!!
obviously I did post it!!! it's bit worrying really!! hope today is great - praying for you this morning xxxxx

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