Jesus finally reveals himself
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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As we arrived at the summit it was a bit cloudy but there in front of us was Jesus slightly covered in mist, truly amazing
Anyway back to finding the Lord.... This has been by far the best thing we have seen in Rio and the views and the statue itself are awesome, thankfully it was fairly crowd free when we were there but after about 35 minutes it started to get really, really busy and incredibly hot. We decided to head back down and either make the end of the hostel breakfast or head to Sugarloaf Mountain. On the bus we decided Sugarloaf was probably not worth the money (great to see but we couldn't justify it on our budget). It is far lower down than the redeemer and more expensive to boot. We decided to save the cash and head back (Erica edit: This also might have had something to do with Andrew's phobia of cable car gondolas but I didn't mention anything). So that is what we did. We spent about an hour doing the blog so we both got on a computer and caught up a bit before we got chatting again to the crowd that we had been to the Lapa samba street party with. As we were feeling a bit burned out, I think everything is catching up with us (we are loath to let it), we spent the afternoon chilling out and watching the little monkeys playing in the trees at the back of the hostel - very cute little things I don't know what their actual name is though
We were beginning to feel hungry so decided to check out the 'all you can eat' restaurant that everyone had been raving about in the hostel. It was about a five minute walk from the hostel and on the way we saw loads of football fans crowding the streets all football shirted up and also the ubiquitous thonged and speedoed beach goers. It was a bit pricey for us but we were starving and didn't want to go to the 'weigh your plate' restaurant again although the rare beef was divine, at 7 pounds each there was a lot of choice and we did get our moneys worth though Erica got caught filling a plate of strawberries when dessert wasn't in the 'all you can eat' price - she was gutted. Back at the hostel we booked our taxi to the airport, this time we made sure that we were going to the right one, and entertained ourselves by sitting in the garden listening to all the football supporters in the neighbourhood watching the game - lets just say you could hear when they scored deafening cheers and horns would echo around the highrises.
Time came to leave and almost as soon as we got in the car it started to poor down with rain, it was absolutely torrential. It seemed that we had somehow miraculously managed to time our time in Rio absolutely perfectly - it was chucking it down as we arrived too but then in the morning was beautiful. Little did we know. We got to the airport and found that every other flight was delayed apart from ours (nothing was mentioned at check in). This didn't seem that strange to us at it has happened before when we were in New York in a hurricane and every other flight was cancelled apart from ours back to the UK (although in these situations you wonder if you are the fool actually getting on the flight)