Been up on a hill with Christ!!

Trip Start Jun 11, 2008
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Trip End May 14, 2009


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Jangadeiros Apartment

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Got the 9.30am local bus to take us to the train station at the bottom of the Christ the Redeemer hill. The bus took about 45 minutes and went all over town. I suppose it was like getting a free city tour in the deal I suppose.

There was a 30 minute wait for the old cog train to take us up the hill to the monument. It was a 20 minute journey up to the top and we got some great views over the city.

We had a walk around Christ the Redeemer and took loads of photos of the big man himself and views over Copacabana beach and Ipanema beach.
I had a quiet word with old JC and he informed me that beer is good! Drink more seems to be the order of the day!

There was a weird cloud that circled around the statue. It was clear blue skies all but this one huge cloud. It circled round the statue and every now and again covered him entirely - it was a now you see him now you don't scenario. It was a miracle!
I often wonder what presents Jesus got for Christmas! Interesting.

There was also a hazy smog above the beaches which was quite weird as well.

After a couple of hours of Christomania, we jumped on the train back down to the bottom. We then took a different bus back and that took us all around the part of town we missed earlier! We were thinking we were being set up by now!

It was mid afternoon by now so we popped into a travel operator to see if I could bag a ticket to the match at the Maracana on Sunday. It's actually the 2nd leg of the Brazilian Championship Final between Flamenco and Botafogo (Flamenco lead 1-0 from the first leg). They are expecting a 100,000 attendance so I was dead surprised I managed to get a ticket - probably be fake!! We will see. Lorna is going shopping whilst I'm there!

We went to the supermarket and grabbed some food for tonight. As we have splurged out on the apartment we want to eat in more to save cash and to use all the facilities.

Went on the internet and sent off some emails to try and get a job when I get back. Anyone got any ideas? I'm not very much use and have no abilities......maybe I should run for prime minister!!
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