Blogs from Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America - page 6


As we sit here facing the prospect of our impending flight home we ask ourselves how are we going to sum up our trip! anyway we will start at what we have been doing since we got back into rio. we arrived in rio after our flight from iguazu at 2045 and after a bit of haggling we jumped in a taxi and headed for our hostel in copacabana. We arrived at the hostel at 2130, although we seemingly had the right place there were no signs and no lights were on, puzzled we tried the door bell in the hope someone would come and welcome us! no answer so we tried again, then finally the door was opened by an australian women (who turned out to be a bit mental). it was obvious that she ... read more

Oi ! Rio is amazing and I think there is nobody in the world who would not be enchanted by this city. After being here for five days now I was on the Pão Acucar right at sunset, have fallen in love with Santa Teresa which is a calm, arty barrio in Lapa (Lapa itself is the best part for me anyway), have had coconuts on the Copacabana, Ipanema and Leme and have met awesome people. Hard to move on to São Paolo again on Monday..yesterday we went to the black market where you can buy the typical stuff from mobile phones over jewellery (which is ugly ;-D) up to fake and real football strips ( of course!! ) I moved with Sam (my friend from England) to another hostel yesterday which is in a so ... read more

Hallo ihr Lieben, taaadaaaa - der Blog lebt wieder und diesmal krebst er hoffentlich nicht an der Existenzgrenze rum. Am Mittwoch war endlich der lang ersehnte und der lang gefürchtete Tag für Annika und mich da. Schon früh morgens hieß es Abschied nehmen und mit einem lachenden und einem weinenden Auge in das Flugzeug zu steigen. Umsteigen in Madrid sei auf diesem Wege übrigens nicht empfohlen, von Terminal B zu Terminal R braucht man mal eben eine halbe Stunde ("Die übertreiben bestimmt. Das ist für alte Opis ausgeschildert." ... "Okay... Wir nehmen dann wohl jetzt besser die Beine in die Hand.."). Der Flug nach Rio erschien natürlich ewig lang, ganz besonders im Erwarten des absolut Ungewissen ("Ist die Person vom Hostel, die uns abholen soll, da oder nicht?" - "Die ist bestimmt da, die haben das ... read more
Copacabana Beach.
Copacabana Beach.

Arrived yesterday - very early! Met a couple of girls from Leeds who we got a taxi to our hostel with as our pick up didn´t show up! Dropped our bags, went for a quick walk around and sat on Copacabana beach for a while before coming back to properly check in. Went back to the beach to meet the girls for a couple of hours, then headed up Sugar Loaf mountain, where we enjoyed our first Brazilian drink. Amazing views over all of Rio. Planned to go out but ended up over-napping and feeling quite dead from the early start, so chilled out at the hostel and had an early night. Went for a lovely long walk around a lagoon en route to the botanical gardens this morning, then headed back to the beach for ... read more

Can you believe 6 months have flown by...... So we made it to Brazil and had a few days at the beach in Paraty, the place was really quaint and they obviously knew how important the Beaumonts’ are as they had flags up on the cute cobbled streets, fireworks at night and a real fiesta atmosphere – even dancing in the main square for us!!! Not really sure what the fiesta was about…..unable to speak a word of Portuguese has been interesting!!! Anyhow we had a very nice relaxed time here and on one day when we had a long boozy lunch – i drank Lambrusco (something i have not done since uni) and it was nice!!!! Danny in a drunken state even took on a local boy at a penalty shoot out – Rooney ... read more
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Final thoughts, Well as we await our chariot to the airport, we thought we would kill some time putting our final thoughts down as we reflect on the last 5 and a bit months. Firstly, thanks to our loyal followers – always nice to get messages and to know that people have actually been reading the blog! I think Irene and Graham get the award for most messages sent – thank you. Also nice to find out that after over 5 months and 20-odd blogs, my Dad actually worked out how to read them the week before we go home! So, 3 continents, 19 countries, 3 Wonders of the World, a lot of miles, thousands of pounds, one tropical disease, mucho vino and lot of laughs, it is time to go home – our 6 month ... read more
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Today was our last breakie all together and then had to say bye to a few ppl on the tour which was really sad but I'm sure we'll see most ppl again hopefully! We then had to spend a while looking for accom for the next 2 days co the one el and I booked online before we left NZ for 3.90BL a night turned out to be a massive mistake on the website and was now gonna cot us over 35BL a night. Plus Allie, Dan and Trav were now wanting to stay with us so we found a place for the 5 of us in Botofogo and booked that. We then spent the arvo on the beach which was really nice. At 2.30pm we left the beach, headed to the new hostel, got changed ... read more

Today we got a bit of a leep in which was good cos of our late night/early morning excusrion last night! Got up, had breakie and then all had to have a massive clean up of the truck! That took almost 2 hours and then we headed off on our last bus drive as a tour to Rio baby!! It took us 4 hours and drove through the favella, which was incredibly dirty and sad, then arrived at our hostel 2 blocks from Copacobana beach! By the wegot everything sorted it was about 3pm and the sun goes down really early over here so we had maybe 30mins on the beach before it did and started getting cold. I found a strawberry tart which was amazing!!!! And reminded me of mine and mum's amazing holidays together! ... read more

We arrived in Rio and checked into the Apa Hotel which was 2 streets back from the beach. We caught a bus from the airport which took about 1 ½ hours to get to Copacabana Beach. This was recommended to us. Once on the bus we wondered how we would know when to get off!! Tom was befriended by a guy from the USA who was keen to talk, guide and help. He does business frequently in Rio and we learn later that his girlfriend is Brazilian as we ran into them again during our stay in Rio. He told us where to get off and I knew the street to look for so all worked well. He also suggested that we take a bus trip to see the main features of the city, since ... read more
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Grafitti in Rio

Hi All, So we are home safe and sound - no issues on the way back. Here are a few final pictures from Rio and one or two reflections. Best Meal - El Establo in BA - the best steaks we've ever had - thanks Shirley! Best Hotel - Novotel in BA - first class and great Value. Sauna was great too. Best Experience - First sight of Iguazu Falls - jaw droppingly impressive Best Shopping - BA definitely - bought loads - decent prices helped - we really like BA. Best laugh - Watching two crew, five passengers and several passers-by trying to move a car (by lifting it!) out of the way of a Tram in Santa Teresa, Rio. The whole tram load of passengers cheered and clapped when after 10 minutes of struggling ... read more
Santa Teresa Tram
Sugar Loaf
Bead Shop Heaven

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