Rockin in Rio

Trip Start Apr 25, 2006
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Trip End May 31, 2006


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Saturday, May 13, 2006

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We spent the last two day in Paraty, a beach resort between Sao Paulo and Rio though there wasnīt much beach. The highligh was a day long boat ride between some of the islands in the bay stopping at some really beaches. The water was warm but it rained thought out. We were able to feed the fish from the boat, they went crazy when we through some chips in the water. It was Peteīs (from Wales) birthday one of the nights when we were in Paraty so we celebrated in style. We bought a bottle of Cachasa, an alcohol from sugar cane which smelt aweful but didnīt taste too bad after the first two of three sips. Turn out the alcohol content was about 46.5% and we were feeling it after about half a glass. After three glasses we were having a really great time. We ended up finishing the bottle the next night as for some reason, no one else wanted any.

We have finally made it to the end of the first leg of our travels here in Rio de Janeiro and what a fantastic place it has been, I really wish we had a week to spend here. Last night we went to a soccer game between two of the biggest teams from Rio in Maracana Stadium, the biggest stadium in the world. We went with a Brazilian guide to help us out. It was so much fun, I canīt believe how crazy the people get. The stadium was divided almost perfectly in half with the Flumenense Fans on one side and the Vasco fans on the other side. They would chant and sing back and forth saying things about each others team that I canīt repeat due to the coarse language. The game ended 1-0 Vasco. The game was the first leg of the two game semi-final to determine who goes on to play for the Brazilian championship. It was probably the highlight of the tour so far and is going to be extremely hard to beat. Today we went on a city tour of Rio including stops at Corcovalo to see the giant statue of Christ and a ride in the cable car up to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. We stopped at some of the beaches including Copacabana and Impanesa and I wish I could spend a few days laying on the beach and swimming in the ocean. The weather was very mixed throughout the tour with moments of hot sun and pouring rain at others including when we were visiting Corcovalo and Sugarloaf.

Being the last day of this tour we were supposed to have our going away dinner tonight but the cab driver dropped Gina, Peter (from Wales) and I off at the wrong restaurant. Luckily there what another Tucan Tour group there who we had met previously. They didnīt know where our group was eating but we were supposed to meet up with this group later that night so the three of us ate supper at the same restaurant and went along with them to the bar where our tour group was supposed to be. After about an hour and a half and losing all hope of ever seen our whole group again (as many were already in different hotels) they showed up!!!! We got to say our goodbyes and everyone went off in their separate directions. I am really going to miss everyone we traveled with, everyone got along so well with each other and being with these people really made the trip to Rio fun. The good thing is that we now have contact all over the world which could come in handy later on. Plus, Peter and his cousin who also traveled with us are planing to stop in Canada in their travels and so we are planing to meet up somewhere. Well time to get a little sleep (1 hour at most) as we have to leave for the airport at 4:30 am to go to Lima tomorrow.



I heart Rio

André
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