We have spent a few days in B˙zios now, and decided we really like the place
. It's very touristy (mainly Brazilians with some money) on the weekends and main holidays, but more quiet during the week. The small city is really nice and pleasant and they have many decent beaches in walking distance from the town center. There's also lots of good restaurants, although a bit pricey by Brazilian standards. In fact we like the place so much that we are walking around looking for apartments that's up for sale (I guess I need to start working again first :-). Properties in B˙zios are quite expensive compared to other places in Brazil, but still nothing compared to for example Spain, France and Italy (where most Europeans buy their holiday homes). So why not buy something in Brazil instead, where you have summer all year round, as it's so easy to travel these days. Well, we'll just have to wait and see what happens.
So that's all we need these days; sun, beaches, drinks and good food. In fact I think have gained some weight the last few weeks. Especially after we went to a Brazilian rodizio here in B˙zios a few days ago. If you are a meat lover and haven't tried a rodizio, you should really seek one out when you got the opportunity. It's a restaurant where they typically serve you 15 types or so of different meats (also including salads and other buffet type food). You pay a fixed price, and they just keep coming to your table every two minutes with different selections of prime meat on skewers. It doesn't stop before you roll out the door, down the street, round the corner, past your favorite hangout, up the hill, back down the hill, inside your favorite hangout, tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock, back out of your favorite hangout (rolling much faster now), sideways up the hill, across the bridge, bridge??? where the heck are we?
Welcome to the playground of the rich and beautiful. There's not much room to breath for shoestring backpackers here in B˙zios, hence I guess we'll fit right in. We arrived here one afternoon after spending 18 hours or so on a bus from Arraial d'Ajuda. It was sunny, but we didn't expect much from a Monday outside the high season. How wrong we were, as it turned out to be a public holiday. After sleeping away a weekend in rainy Arraial d'Ajuda, how about starting it all off with a crazy Monday followed by a hangover Tuesday? All the main streets, bars and restaurants were full with people ready for a party. We followed the stream, and ended up drinking to 4AM in the morning. Heading home, the bars and streets were still jammed packed. They sure know how to party and have fun down here!!!