Her name is Rio and she.......

Trip Start Oct 01, 2009
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Flag of Brazil  , State of Rio de Janeiro,
Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I now have an idea of where I want to live out my life.  I am sure I would get bored here but it is one of the nicest places I think I have visited in my trip.  It has some sort of magical, mystical, ooompf about it and I think I now know the reasoning behind the song.......I could be wrong!

As it is during Carnival or just prior, no one really has room, but then they have room and they are all a little moody about it.  Luckily we had reservations and got straight to bed upon arrival, after another crazy driving bus man, I might add!!

The days are lazy although there is a lot to do which on the first day was the Corcovado (Christ) on his hill.  To get up there you need to get a little train which basically costs about 3 pound and then the entry fee is another 6.  On the train there is plenty of entertainment in the way of musicians and dancing........just a small taste of what the real Brazil is.  Corcovado was very nice but we were unable to stay until sunset like we would have wished.  Coming back some friends and I bought food and ate it on the beach (this is named as Farofa by some Brazilian public) and it was one of the best meals I have had here.........Chicken, tomatoes, Cucumber and Pepper.......Then a swim to top it all off.

There are some things that have changed my perspective on life during this trip and I am absolutely sure, when reflected upon, that going in the Favela Rocinha is one of them.  It was not a shocking experience but it was important to understand their way of living. We visited some shops for food and paintings, a nursery and kindergarten, walked past some drug dealers with guns and a whole lot of sewage.  There were no hairy moments and the people inside seemed very pleasent.....another pre-misconception that I had in my head.  After this I went for another Ipanema beach fix (what a life).

One other thing that I wanted to get done in Rio was to jump from a platform somewhere on one of the hilltop/mountains in the City, holding on to nothing..........but attached to a hang glider.  It was no where near as daunting as the skydive..........Infact it was very easy, the only hard thing about it was the landing!  In addition it was quite pricey for a 6-8 minute descent.....although now I see how a bird feels every day of his life.  After this was the best Ipanema experience, the waves were high and just amazing.

On my last day in Rio, and believe me I was so sad to leave, I visited the shops, Cidade do Samba (where the Carnival floats are) and the "bread of Sugar" for the sunset!  The floats were really amazing but the sunset was the minute that I really fell in love with Rio.....I should have done it earlier but I was not planning to do it at all.  It is a Jamesī planet recommendation.

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