Trip Start May 20, 2010
195Trip End Sep 05, 2011
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Day : 395
Temerature : 25 degrees
Weather : Glorious
It took one overnight flight, 8 hours connection in Sao Paulo (where I happened to bump into some footballer by the name of Neymar), then a 30 minute flight and a half hour bus journey, and we finally arrived in Rio. Wow, wow, wow...I love this city! We love this city! And that coming from a couple that aren't city people. What good fortune it is that we changed our plans....we will now have 10 full days here.
Rio de Janeiro. Population approximately 7 million. The second largest city in Brazil
We booked ourselves a small guest house in Copacabana which is absolutely wonderful. At the end of a no-through road, quiet and peaceful, with gorgeously hot showers, lovely rooms and great pillows....we are in heaven! Our first day was spent catching up on sleep and doing random food shopping....fruit, veggies, wholemeal bread, granola and milk, the usual things our diet has been lacking in over the past few days....how I nearly died when I saw a whole freezer full of Haagen Daz icecream!...needless to say there is a tub sitting in the freezer at the hostel as we speak!
The next day we took off on a trip to see the statue of Christ, situated atop the incredible Corcovado mountain from where we were afforded the most spectacular sweeping vistas of the entire city, from the harbour and airport, to Sugar Loaf mountain and the favelas as well as the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema
Yesterday, the four of us lazed on Copacabana beach all day long, indulging in several Cairinhas (Brazil's national drink, made from rum, lime and sugar cane) throughout the day. Copacabana is great for people watching, and this is how we whiled away the hours with much hilarity
In the evening we ventured out to a wonderful restaurant selling crepes, both savoury and sweet. I have been eating so much food here I think I am going to need one of those massive flesh covering swimsuits before long! Afterwards, we caught a taxi out to the Lapa district of the city, known for it's great party atmosphere on Friday nights. The place was defninitely buzzing, but we didn't see any street dancing, something we'd hoped to watch. Eventually, as tiredness set in (or was it the effects of all those Caipirinhas?!) we waved down a taxi and returned to our guest house. What a great day.
Tomorrow calls for another day on the beach...going to be another tough one!