Copacabana Caipirinhas

Trip Start May 20, 2010
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Trip End Sep 05, 2011


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Flag of Brazil  , State of Rio de Janeiro,
Saturday, June 18, 2011

DOMINIQUE HERE:

Day : 395
Temerature : 25 degrees
Weather : Glorious

It took one overnight flight, 8 hours connection in Sao Paulo (where I happened to bump into some footballer by the name of Neymar), then a 30 minute flight and a half hour bus journey, and we finally arrived in Rio. Wow, wow, wow...I love this city! We love this city! And that coming from a couple that aren't city people. What good fortune it is that we changed our plans....we will now have 10 full days here.

Rio de Janeiro. Population approximately 7 million. The second largest city in Brazil. The 26th largest in the world. The most visited city in South America. Home to the statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the seven new wonders of the world, Sugar Loaf Mountain as seen in Moonraker, The Bond Movie, and not forgetting the world famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. Soon to be home of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games....which will most definitely be amazing!

We booked ourselves a small guest house in Copacabana which is absolutely wonderful. At the end of a no-through road, quiet and peaceful, with gorgeously hot showers, lovely rooms and great pillows....we are in heaven! Our first day was spent catching up on sleep and doing random food shopping....fruit, veggies, wholemeal bread, granola and milk, the usual things our diet has been lacking in over the past few days....how I nearly died when I saw a whole freezer full of Haagen Daz icecream!...needless to say there is a tub sitting in the freezer at the hostel as we speak!

The next day we took off on a trip to see the statue of Christ, situated atop the incredible Corcovado mountain from where we were afforded the most spectacular sweeping vistas of the entire city, from the harbour and airport, to Sugar Loaf mountain and the favelas as well as the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. Next stop was Lapa and the tiled stairway created by a local artist Selaron in an attempt to attract tourists to purchase his art works. We passed several locals who appeared to be suspiciously lingering around for no reasonn whatsoever and we'd heard that the area is somewhat dodgy This was confirmed when we asked our guide if it was safe to climb the steps in order to take some photos. The reply was "erm, well don't go too far away, it's not so safe here". And so we remained resolutely at his side until we returned to the car again. We headed on to Sugar Loaf Mountain where we boarded the cable car and rode to the top for yet more spectacular views of Rio just in time for sunset. As we approached the viewing platform who did we see enjoying a drink on the terrace but Charles and Dan from the Hell Boat on the Amazon. After watching the sun dip below the mountains we headed back down on the cable car once again, dropped Charles and Dan off and returned to the guest house. In the evening we met up with Charles and Dan and headed out for an all you can eat pizza which included Chocolate pizza for dessert...have you ever heard of anything so amazing?!

Yesterday, the four of us lazed on Copacabana beach all day long, indulging in several Cairinhas (Brazil's national drink, made from rum, lime and sugar cane) throughout the day. Copacabana is great for people watching, and this is how we whiled away the hours with much hilarity. The beautifully tanned girls lie on the beach or wander up and down wearing the teeniest, tiniest bikinis you could possibly imagine. The guys jog along the beach in their equally small swimming trunks flexing their muscles looking all macho for the girls. The gringos, who are always easiest to spot because their skin is so white it's reflective, wear the largest most flesh covering swimwear they can find, looking all self conscious and shy....such a contrast to the locals! There are also the occasional volleyball games to watch, football games and the couples playing bat and ball. If that's not enough there are the beach sellers wandering past selling everything from sarongs to bikinis, bags and umbrellas and yet more caipirinhas!

In the evening we ventured out to a wonderful restaurant selling crepes, both savoury and sweet. I have been eating so much food here I think I am going to need one of those massive flesh covering swimsuits before long! Afterwards, we caught a taxi out to the Lapa district of the city, known for it's great party atmosphere on Friday nights. The place was defninitely buzzing, but we didn't see any street dancing, something we'd hoped to watch. Eventually, as tiredness set in (or was it the effects of all those Caipirinhas?!) we waved down a taxi and returned to our guest house. What a great day.

Tomorrow calls for another day on the beach...going to be another tough one!




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Antony on

Beach Life !! Enjoy this and think of the relatives back in blighty. Rain, rain and more rain.

Antony

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