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Flag of Brazil  , State of Rio de Janeiro,
Monday, February 14, 2011

Rio was our next destination... Americans have to pay for a Visa to get into Brasil so Chris decided he would stay in Argentina. He said he would meet up with us again in Beunos Aries, so we said our goodbyes and left for the bus.

It was a 21 hour bus jounry from Iguazu Falls which we were all quite familiar with now.... so you would think we new the ropes and not to leave anything on the bus when we stopped for a 20 minute break at a service station... this was not the case.. Ash accidentally left her bag in the overhead compartment with pretty much everything in it, passports, purse, ipod, money etc... we got back on the bus and after 5 minutes a girl came over and asked if we had seen a bag as she thought it might have been stolen! I got up and checked our things, Ash´s bag was still there and so was her purse but they had taken 60 Reals and the Ipod from it... the passports and everything else was still there.... lesson learned but atleast they only took what they did....

 We arrived in Rio at about 13:00 and had been recommended to stay at a hostel called Mellow Yellow which served free caprihinas (Brasil´s famous drink) from 5 - 7 so we figured it would be a good place and booked in for a week.

We were staying two blocks from Copacabana beach and the Copacabana Palace where all the celebraties stay like Madonna and Prince, Kate Moss was there whilst we were there but we didnt see her.

The only other beach reosrt we had been too was Iquique three weeks before so everyone was excited to get on the beach again... Copacabana beach was a lot different.. No sooner had we sat down when a guy approached us with a box full of frosty beers... In Chile you are not allowed to drink on the beach or even the bars on the beach but this place was all about the parties so any sort of incouragment to get you drunk and make you dance was inevitable. After a few beers the beer guy decided Tom and I were his best customers and just sat on his cooler next to us and waited for us to finish... he even gave us a free round! There were loads of people walking past selling things from grilled prawns on a stick to Brasil football shirts.... so 4 hours later we were all drunk and had spent all of our money although Tom was gutted he spent all his money on a Brasil top when a guy came past selling batman kites!

We had met some really nice people at our hostel and spent the next few nights abusing the free bar hours and partying on the roof terrace...

We were recommended to try a traditional brasilian restaurant which was similar to Bem Brasil. It was 53 Reals (19 pounds) for an all you can eat buffet. The salad bar was massive with so many different things, there was even a man at the side who made fresh sushi for you. When you had got your salad the waiters would bring massive swords to you with different meats on and cut them onto your plate... so good!!

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