The Ship Has Not Sailed
Trip Start Oct 27, 2011
11Trip End Nov 09, 2011
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Evidently Rio has beautiful botanical gardens. I had never been to something like this so I was questioning how worthwhile it would be. Honestly I was also pretty bummed about not getting to go on our cruise so nothing was sounding that great.
We made our way to the Jardim Botanical Gardens and left from our cab looking at a dreary looking run-down building that in it's hay day would have been amazing
Right off the bat these gardens were amazing. With the mist and rain shrouding the mountains in the background and massive exotic trees everywhere you looked it felt like we were in a rain forest. I probably took over 100 pictures at this place! After we were finished with the gardens we had lunch at the small cafe at the entrance. This place could not possibly been any nicer. I ordered the "soup of the day" and felt a bit like Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber since I had no clue what type of soup I would be getting.
Jim Carrey/Me: "Excuse me miss, what's the soup du jour?"
Waitress in movie/Portugeuese woman that doesn't care that I have no clue what I'm ordering: "That's the soup of the day" (except it's in Portuguese)
Jim Carrey/Me: "Mmmm, that sounds good, I'll have that!"
It turned out to be an orange soup that might have been some type of sweet potato soup. Fitting for Halloween and actually good
During lunch we ended up sitting with an older Brazilian couple from Sao Paulo. The guy was there on business and spoke a bit of English. Then two girls from Holland joined us and they spoke perfect English. They were on a trip throughout South America for two months. Both were engineers and one had quit her job to do the trip and the other had just finished up school. We talked for about 45 minutes waiting for the rain to go away, but it didn't, so we finally just headed back.
Getting back to the hotel we decided to rest up for a bit and then wanted to go see the modern art museum in a city called Niteroi. You had to take a ferry to get there. We had a cab drive us there starting at about 4:30PM. By the time we got to the ferry it was about 5:00PM. There was nothing but bums wandering around and no other cars or taxis in site. I had read that you shouldn't be around there after dark so we made a call to have the driver just take us right back home even though he just drove us there. An unfortunate $40 mistake, but both of us were very happy we scrapped those plans! It just wasn't worth it.
We wrapped up the day with an *amazing* dinner at a Brazilian churrascaria called Carretao. This was like a parade of meats where they just continually come over to your desk with these massive skewers and they cut off the meat onto your plate. For those of you that watch Parks and Rec, this is Ron Swanson's dream restaurant. We never knew what type of meat we were eating but some of them were incredibly good.
So even though we had to improvise our day, we ended up having another really good one despite the rain!