Rio De Janeiro

Trip Start Apr 02, 2008
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Saturday, April 5, 2008

04/04/08:
Rio De Janeiro
Don´t believe the hype...about being held up at gunpoint for your camera, that is!
We did believe the hype; hence we only have photos from about three days into the visit!
The motorway from the Airport is worth a mention, no traffic lights until you get to Copacabana (40 mins in taxi).
Stayed at a hostel called Stone of a Beach, it was two blocks from Copacabana beach.
 
05/04/08: We rented bikes from reception the first day and took in a lot..including the Botanical Gardens, the Racetrack which is free to enter, so we watched a race from the seats of our bikes, Ipanema and of course Copacabana.
 
06/04/08: The next day we went to Brazil´s biggest football stadium the Maracana, and according to Michael, the biggest in the world. But, much to his disappointment, they made the place safer (put seats in) so now it only holds about 100,000 at the most. We were told by the guide to shout for the Flamingos, who were playing against another local team. It was a draw in the end. Only 16,000 people were at the game but they were well able to make noise. They had flares, flags and the works!
 
07/04/08: The next morning (this is where the camera came out), we went to the Favellas. Basically, ´the slums of Rio. They áre stuck into the side of the hill. People are very poor there, illegally build their houses, don´t pay taxes, and mainly work in the richer areas of Rio to get by. This was a really great tour. Property is cheap, if anyone is interested, seeing as house prices are rising in Melbourne and still high in Ireland (check out photo!)
That afternoon went to Christ the Redeemer, one of the seven wonders. Up until this point, the weather had turned us off, because one goes for a view of the city. But, had to bite the bullet as we were leaving the next day. We ended up going on the tour with an American guy called Adam, who earlier in the day, when we heard him at breakfast Grechy said - imagine being on a tour with him - he loves to talk!
Well, the three of us along with the taxi man who brought us from the Airport went off to ´find christ´ in Adams words. We did, and Adam nearly became a bigger tourist attraction, when he flashed the big tattoo of Jesus on his arm. Everyman and his digital camera came out to take photos! Adam, told us he was on a break from working as a fireman in Iraq. Nice guy, young, enthusiastic but couldn´t understand why no one likes Americans. When Grechy used the word ´compulsory´ he said ´compo... - what?´, again Grechy repeated the word and he said ´sorry dude, you~re like waaay stretching my vocabulary there, I went to Community College´. Grandpa from Swords so Adam said he said he was a fighter like all the Irish Catholics...I just nodded in agreement. Kept my mouth shut!
 
08/04/08: 29 degrees in RIO today. Got the bus to the main bus station which worked out much cheaper than what the Hostel/taxis were offering (2BRL), and boy was it worth it. Cheaper than a ride at an Luna park but with the same affect! Bus driver was crazy, we were bouncing from one side to the other (that's after we got ourselves through the turnstile with our big bags-yup, there are turnstiles on the buses). We made our way to Ilha Grande which was a two and a half hour bus ride and one and a half hour on the ferry, south of RIO. Michael made friends with Claudio on the ferry, a local sea farer who was great fun. His daughter, Bianca who had lived in London for a while, helped with the translations. She walked us to our hostel which is a cabin in the middle of a rainforest - and it´s raining! Go figure!!!  
 
 
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gibbons5
gibbons5 on

greetings from windy athenry
What is it with cameras and the conneely family, for goodness sake don't leave it anywhere else. As mam always says, 'Passports, tickets, money, and in your case camera'. Have a good one in brazil.

Coreena and crew in athenry

paulamcunningha
paulamcunningha on

howya!
well we have it figured out now. im delighted to hear its raining!only kidding.well at least you can just fall into bed after a feed of drink!

racheg13
racheg13 on

Howdy fro OZ
Hey guys ... wat's with the 'misplaced' camera??? How funny. Good to hear you guys are having fun. Wish I was there!!!! Cheers for now Rache

seoda
seoda on

Short of meat here
Any chance of a big steak from rio! Oh you lucky devils...how i wish i was in copacabana right now it is cold here.. keep going
Sonas

seoda
seoda on

keep goin
Hope south america is good. are you learning the language atall?
sonas

oakwoodview
oakwoodview on

guinness sales down in Ireland!!!
In the words of the infamous Paul Keane 'isn't the world a big place, especially out foreign'!!!
Enjoying your stories and photos. Loving South America so far. Be well. xxxxx

Oakwood

paulamcunningha
paulamcunningha on

laugh out loud
lovin all your photos, the adventure just beginning and already making us laugh!! keep up the good work.xx

principleav
principleav on

Lookin good
great to hear your having DACRAIC, not so good that the camera nearly went a miss fair play to the Japs they know their cameras fecin paparatsy.
I think you Ailbhe should look after the money you'll get the best value out of it especially hageling on the streets,he he!
Live it up Dudes say hi to the Bro and Maried.
P.

camilawhs10
camilawhs10 on

rio de janeiro
I've never been there, but my parents always tell me about it. But I am going to go there for my graduation present. The beaches in Rio are really beautiful. But I also want to go see the ones in Northern Brazil because i heard they're even more beautiful. Were you scared to go near the favelas? I would have been.

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