The fish was this big

Trip Start Feb 02, 2013
Trip End Mar 25, 2013

Flag of Brazil  , Rio de Janeiro,
Saturday, February 9, 2013

Breakfasts here are a true delight. Brazilians love their fresh fruit so there are platters of fruit as well as more standard fare - bacon, eggs, pastries, cereals, fried cabana, waffles with chocolate sauce, the list goes on.  I had my first banana this morning and it was different.  No real explanation for this but it tasted a little citrus and I had peeled it myself so that wasn't a cross contamination problem. 

We mooched around until the bus arrived to take us to see Christ the Redeemer.
This is such an iconic structure and the image is everywhere. It is pretty impressive when you get there and for some it is totally overwelming.  One girl was sobbing - and her young boyfriend simply held and consoled her.  There were also quite a few snogging couples around the place.  So for some the proximity of redemption causes grief and for others it makes them a bit frisky... I don't know.  It is the largest piece of Art Deco in the world. That's a bit special.
We also went past the SambaDrome where we will watch Carnival tomorrow night.  It seats 85 thousand - yep, you read it right - eighty- five thousand!!! and fills up every night for a week.  The change in Rio since yesterday is astounding. From a sort of lay back place yesterday to crazy crowds today.  Mind you, I think there would have been a thousand people dancing with us on the streets last night, so it's not that quiet when it is quiet.

After we stood at the feet of Jesus we went and gorged ourselves on a Brazilian barbeque.  The tradition is that if you eat meat, they just keep bringing it until you stop eating.  If you want salad you actually have leave your chair but if you're a happy carnivore, just sit and be served.  We have all been walking a little slower since lunch!
This afternoon we were back on the roof but this time in togs and in the pool, beers in hand.  Helen kept drinking caipirinhas - the drink that is a great Brazilian tradition with rum and lime.  Take one lime and a little ice, fill glass with rum, shake (not stirred), drink.  Apparently after four you are able to speak Portuguese fluently.    
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janetH on

Helen sounds like my sort of woman! Thanks for the drink recipe which I will try out this evening - hope I don't end up in the Compost (AKA Cairns Post) jx

sista on

love the clouds softly framing...and love the carnivale version....where are his toes??...have a dance for me!!

Renee and Matthew drinking wine on

Matthew is preparing risotto and I am drinking wine whilst supervising from the couch. He appears to have it under control. The wine is particularly yummy. Melbourne weather is delicious. We are both looking forward to wifey coming home tomorrow. Even more delicious is seeing your daily joy .....

Jared on

Looks like a great trip! You got a pic with the big jesus... I'm off to Brissy today, maybe I'll check out the big pineapple. Jilli says Hi, she hopes you are having a great time. Be careful getting in elevators with time lords, but excellent work. No photo?
Much Love and looking forward to the catch up on your return.

Jane on

heh heh! You're funny!!

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