First stop Rio

Trip Start Nov 06, 2007
Trip End Jul 06, 2008

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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

I must apologise for the lack of pictures I have of Rio, I just realized i took hardly any when i left the place, largely because i was afraid my camera would get nicked, and it was a bit of an ordeal to put the camera in and out of my bag since i am slow and have poor coordination, so I didn't bother too much.  So I missed out on some really good photos.  But anyway I promise I will get better.
So have just left Rio and Brazil for that matter.  Rio was really an amazing city. I  think the other city's on my route will find it hard to top it. It really isn´t as scary as the hipe it gets.  There´s something very magical about it.  Visually its brilliant, largely because the city is full of mountains against  the sea.  Amazing views from the mountains.  The family I stayed with were really lovely and made me feel so welcome.  I think I was really lucky to have stayed there for the first part.  Met alot of lovely Rio people.  A very diverse country.  I really regret I had not arranged to stay in Brazil longer.  Went to a Samba night, very cool, there´s something mesmerising about watching two people dance the samba, I did a bit of freestyle after a couple of caipirinha´s, I was brilliant. 
I found the flavelas (like the city of God)and the history attached really fascinating, the tiny houses are just piled one on top of the other, all different colour's.  Apparently you can take tours there, I´d love to do that.  Again I didn't get a photo as i was in a taxi but i drew a picture instead.
It was a major culture shock though, hardly anyone speaks english and I thought Portugese was very hard to understand.  I got lost one day in the centre, I´d ask someone where this street was.  They´d say ´bibble bibble babble babble bibble´.  I´d say thanks, pretend I knew what they were saying as it´s easier and wander round for another two hours.  It literally took me 4 hours to find one street.
Anyways next stop Buenos Aires.  I arrived last Wednesday (14th Nov)
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