A Short Stop in the Capital
Trip Start Feb 15, 2011
24Trip End Apr 19, 2011
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The city was a bit of a shock after spending several days on buses, wandering around waterfalls and riding the range
In the evening we went to a carnival competition in a huge open air theatre on the posh end of the promenade - bit like Montevideo meets Verona . There were three samba groups in competition showing three different types of carnival genres – yeah I know we all thought it was all fancy dancing, big costumes and scantily clad women… but how wrong we were!
- First up were a group of singers – all men – excellent voices - but for those of us seeking a few thrills from the evening basically a little slow.
- Second up – ha! now you’re talking – the works. Carnival as we think we know it. Costumes, rather indecently unclad ladies, pole dancers(!), samba dancing, wobbly backsides and a very large lady with few, if any, inhibitions. Oh and drummers like you have never heard outside of Japan. We were all rocking on our hard concrete seats, except Sue who was wallowing on her specially hired deep pile cushion and backrest (wimp).
- Third act up at 1am so we only watched it on our TVs in the hotel – yes they televise these things here. Mostly talking by people possibly dressed as trees. Went straight over our heads I’m afraid as our guiding light, interpreter and general advisor on all things South American (Gigi – Intrepid tour leader) had knocked off by then.
No idea who won but it was all good fun.