Rio, Rio I wanna a Rio and I want one now!
Trip Start Jul 31, 2005
209Trip End Sep 05, 2007
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Rio is a beautiful city there is no doubt about that, but it is a very unsafe city too and we have both found it hard to relax here on the streets, too scared to ever really take our guard down - and a big guard it is too! We have NEVER in over two years of travelling EVER felt like this anywhere, so it is a bit of a shock to the system!
When we left Iguazu our bus was comfortable and the journey was long, but knowing that it would be the last very long journey we take on this trip I think we both cherished every moment - really that is possible on a 22 hour bus journey
The buses here are excellent, fast and frequent. However as we have discovered in most places they drive like madmen! So we held on tight as the bus headed from Cosme Velho to Ipanema - our first destination of the day. On Sunday´s there is a huge Hippie market in Ipanema, being broke and at the end of our trip, but of course wanting to buy some cool things from Brazil we went along and spent a couple of hours shopping in the market. We were shocked at the prices though, but not so suprised - glad we shopped lots in Peru and Bolivia! Ipanema is a middle class funky district and after eating a gorgeous fishcake stuffed with onions, paste and prawns (a traditional Bahian dish) on the market we strolled around the streets of Ipanema and then wandered onto the glorious long sandy beach of the same name
From Ipanema we walked around the short distance to Copacabana. One of the most famous beaches in the world and the worlds most densley populated neighbourhood. Skyscrapers sit side by side almost touching each other for kilometres along the beach and blocks back, we walked along Copacabana beach which in our opinion was nowhere near as nice as Ipanema - but you get a good panorama with Sugar Loaf Mountain in the background. Tired we headed back home for a traditional backpacker meal of noodles!
Today we waited and waited for the clouds to lift off of the mountains and we took the cog train up Corcovado mountain to take in the breathtaking views across Rio and to see the huge statue of Christ the Redeemer. The views were spectacular up there, we watche the clouds move away as we drank a cold beer and said cheers to 25months of travelling, knowing that now it is time to go home.
And that is that! What more can we say, our job here is done, we have seen, smelt, learned and experienced so much on this adventure of a lifetime, we have cherished every moment, given our heart and souls to everything and now it is about to end. It has been brilliant - it has been more than that but no words are good enough to describe it.
In the morning we take a six hour bus journey south to Sao Paulo, from there we fly to Munich Germany to connect to our flight to London
This will not be the end of our travels, this is only the beginning.
Thanks for tuning in all this time and we will see some of you back home for a beer or ten?!