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Published: February 17th 2010
After 7 days in Rio we are on the road again tonight. A relatively short 7 hour bus ride North to a place called Oruro Preto (or something like that...). Its an old colonial town that will be a nice place to chill for a few days after Carnival. Incidentally, we didnt get too messy over our week in Rio. The first few nights were a bit fo a blur, but after that we settled in to sightseeing and relatively early nights. Our camera let us down during our week here...we werent able to transfer photos off the memory card to our USB, so havent been able to take any photos for the entire trip. Thankfully Kate (Jo´s mate who has been with us) has been going crazy and in time we will get copies of her pics.
Highlights included the actual carnival sambadrome night on sunday - without pictures it is almost impossible to describe. Imagine a 90 minute parade with thousands of people dancing in time to samba, the biggest most extravagant floats ever (some with people skiing on them...), amazing colours and people having the time of their lives. now imagine 6 or 7 of these parades in one night competing against eachother for the prize of best samba school. Awesome. Seeing a cop pull his gun on a crowded bus stop when we were about 20 feet away - he was looking for someone, luckily he didnt find him. The Christ statue - it´s ridiculously high, and amazing up close. And Sugar Loaf at sunset - google it, views were stunning although again with the height...
So we survived Carnival, copacobana beach, and Rio in general. It´s a beautiful city, just massive, and the people were in total party mode the whole time were were there. Now we are looking forward to hitting the road, seeing a bit more of Brazil over the next 5 days before we head to Antigua for the wedding.
Take it easy.
Brett and Jo.
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