Published: June 10th 2012June 9th 2012
Church and Convent
We were so close but not close enough. Never could find teh entrance.
Welcome back everyone to our latest edition of our world reknown travel blog. (Ok maybejust just a travel blog). We are on day 1 of a 2+ week holiday (as they call in outside the US or vacation as we call it in the US) traveling through Brazil. This is part dois (2 in Portugese) of the 4 Non-Blondes. Judy, Aunt Betty, Kirsten and Chester reunited again after our first trip to Egypt.
Today was not very eventful as we just arrived. We left Fri evening and arrived 9AM Sat monring in Rio. Did get a big of a laugh on the flight out of Omaha when a mom and her high school aged son were stressing about missing their connection in Houston and realized on the train to thei connection flights that they left his suitcase on the plane. Can't say we didn't break out in laughter whtn that argument started.
We safetly arrived in Rio on time and guess what awaited us. If you read our last travel blog in the southern hemisphere during their winter, you can probably guess. That's right pouring rain. It pretty much stuck with us on and off
The results of our only shopping on this trip most likley. Best to get it out of the way the first day.
all day. But as Kirsten had checked with weather before we leaft we are all ready for 2 weeks of rain. And expect no less. Hopefully just no flooding.
After checking into the hotel early (which was a nice surprise) and cleaning up we headed out for a day of sightseeing in Rio. Got a quick lunch around the conrner then we got suckered into a trip to H. Stern. A work renouned jewelry company known for their precious stones. Well there is no way 4 women are walking out of there with nothing. Kirsten was eying the rings and deciding which one to buy and Betty and Judy upped tha anty a little and said they would buy it for her birthday. So in Kirsten's mind that meant she could add to this what she was going to spend anyway. So out she walks with a large topaz gold ring. There's a sucker born every day. But it will look awesome on the construcion site.
Then we headed over to the Natural History Museum. Quite interesting and quite cold. AC was cranked in almost every room. It was wierd to see how much the Brazilian historied parallels US history. Somethign none of us realized.
After this we headed out in to the rain again with a not so great map and little not knowing where we started to find some church and convent. Well we did find it on top of the hill, but cou ldnot find the entrance. As it was getting to be evening and the streets where pretty empty, once we passed the "stip tease" store/theater, Chester and Judy decided it was time to find a taxi. So back to the hotel we headed. The fog and clouds were pretty thick all day so really couldn't see the hills and the sights.
We did have a great dinner at an Italian Seafood restaurant but were staring to feel the lack of sleep as it was an overnight flight. So early night for us in Rio. Maybe we can party it up tomorrow night.
We have a full day ahead of us tomorrow seeing the sights in Rio. Details will follow.