Blogs from Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America


David here... The taxi arrived promptly at 05:00, an obscene time to have to get up, but it was the cheapest flight from Salvador to Rio. The airport and flight were both fine. Once at Rio airport we found the BRT ticket booth at the far end of the hall and bought tickets for the bus, which was waiting outside at the platform. The Rio BRT service is exactly like the Bogota Transmilenio service, where you purchase a card and amount of journeys you want and you scan your card to get onto the platform. One card for as many people as you like. The 30 semi-directo bus was the one in so we just jumped on. We were soon on our way and following our route on the map on the bus. This bus didn't ... read more
View of Rio from Santa Teresa area - Sugar Loaf mountain in the background
Parakeet in the park next to Flamengo beach
Sugar Loaf from Flamengo beach

This is day-2 of Rio. It was our last overnight in-port for this cruise. It was a nice smooth night without the ship rocking or anything. As explained yesterday, Janet did not have a tour today, but David still had to report to the Fusion Lounge at 7:00. He got up early and had a light breakfast in the Horizon Court and then brought a breakfast sandwich, chocolate donut, and a cup of tea back to the cabin for Janet. She has her sandwich and then followed doctor’s orders and went back to bed. She got a good restful morning and by the time David got back she was feeling much better. Maybe it was partly due to the sage advice she’s received from Stephanie about following doctor’s orders and you would recover more quickly. David’s ... read more
David at the Statue
Looking Down
World Record Graffiti Wall

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro February 22nd 2017

So ilhabela was beautiful! An island paradise. We pitched up at our hostal and headed straight to the beach. That evening we had some amazing seafood and a couple of good beers for good measure. The next day was pretty much suncream-sunbathe-swim-repeat!! Just what the doctor ordered! Over the next few days this is pretty much how it went. We did hire some bikes and found ourselves on a private beach after nearly killing Jo going up hill on a bike. However the best day was when we tried to watch the rugby in a pub and failed! So we took our bikes for a short ride (according to the map) to one of ilhabela's many beautiful waterfalls. When we set off it was fine, nice and flat but really hot and sticky. This only got ... read more

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro October 27th 2016

8 Sept. thru 27 Oct. 2016 Brazil, a country of 200 million people where the divide between the Rich and Poor is very evident. Favelas dot the hills around the city of Rio and we are warned by many people not to enter , otherwise we will not come out alive. I personally, have no problems with these warnings, I wouldn't go to Compton or Watts in Los Angeles either! Our Brazil experience will be different from the month in Argentina. I have arranged 3 house swaps ( that will take us from Rio to Buzios and back to Rio. However, just to be a little different we also spent 4 nights in a Paraty hotel. Our first stop in Rio is Barra da Tijuca, its in the western zone of Rio de Janeiro and is ... read more
In front of the Sugerloaf
At the Buddha Bar
Whose a statue?

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Lapa August 21st 2016

Day 15 is over here in Rio and tomorrow will be the final day of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Looking back its hard to believe we visited the Olympic Park for the very last time. Hard to believe there won't be Beach Volleyball on tonight and into the wee hours of the morning at Copacabana Beach. Hard to believe the thousands of athletes that have poured their heart and soul into the past 4 years leading up to these Games will finish up tomorrow and head home to re-evaluate and re-charge. For us, the Games here in Rio have been nothing short of incredible. Our experience here in Rio has been first-rate. We've learned so much about this South American country, its people and the beautiful City that has played host to the world for ... read more
Running for Gold
First American Podium in Triathlon History
Information Volunteers

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Lapa August 21st 2016

Well that's it. Day 16 here in Rio has come and gone. It was a soggy day from start to finish but that certainly did not dampen the spirits of the marathoners this morning or the massive crowd in Maracana Stadium tonight for the Closing Ceremonies. It have been fantastic to get to share our adventures with you here in Rio and especially our Olympic experience here at the Summer Games. With an average of over 70 views a day and nearly 1,200 over the course of the Games, it was great to know that so many of you were taking the time to read the blog and follow along with us. While we're sure most of the views were just our moms clicking refresh on their computers, the love and support is appreciated none the ... read more
Olympic Flame
Canada Medal Stats
Closing Ceremonies

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Lapa August 20th 2016

Day 14 is in the books here in Rio and its hard to believe we are only two short days away from the Closing Ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games! While the time goes fast for us, it clearly moving even faster for Usain Bolt. It seem unfair to starting talking about this day without mentioning his super-human achievements over that past 12 years. To think that one man has won the 100m, 200m and 4x100m Relay in three straight Olympics simply defies logic. Its hard to imagine anyone in the future surpassing this truly epic Olympic resume. We started our day back at the Olympic Park and had our first chance to watch some diving at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre. This venue was the only building on site at what is now Olympic ... read more
Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre
Panoramic Inside Maria Lenk AC
10m Platform Diving

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Lapa August 18th 2016

It's hard to believe that Day 12 has already come and gone here in Rio. No matter how much excitement, noise and passion the athletes display in the first days and week of the Olympics, it just keeps building and building, the closer we get to the end. In the big tournaments (volleyball, basketball, soccer, handball, etc.) the pool play is over and as the announcer said this morning at our Men's Volleyball match against Russian -- it is win or go home time. Every points means that much more, every win feels that much sweeter. Our first adventure started early this morning heading back to the Maracanazinho Gymnasium to watch our Canadian men battle Russia in a quarter final volleyball game. Much the same as our Women's Basketball Team last night, our men just didn't ... read more
Olympic Stadium
Damian Warner (CAN)
Oh Canada!

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Lapa August 18th 2016

Day 13 is over here in Rio and it appears as if someone forgot to tell our Canadian Olympians that 13 is supposed to be an unlucky number. Far from it indeed, we had a historic day on many fronts and added four shinny new medals to our total. We started the day watching the Men's Triathlon. The Brownlee brothers came into the day as the Vegas favourites to win. Having said that, this was a much tougher course then back in London and no Gold medalist has repeated (or defended their title) in the five Olympics since Triathlon's debuted in the Olympics in Sydney back in 2000. It was an absolutely gorgeous day for a triathlon and you simply could not find a more picturesque venue for a triathlon anywhere in the world. The organizers ... read more
Medal Ceremony
Semi-Final USA vs. France
Lasuik - Olympic Referee

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Lapa August 16th 2016

We really had an amazing Day 11 here in Rio. It can be heart-wrenching the the roller coaster of emotions that you can experience at such a huge sporting event such as the Olympic Games. With so many events taking place simultaneously, you can go from the highest of highs, to the lowest of lows and then back again in the blink of an eye. We were fortunate enough to have tickets to go and watch three of the four Women's Basketball quaterfinals today. With the exception of the USA vs. Japan game, all of the quarters were crazy close. Australia lost to Serbia by 2 points, Spain won over Turkey on a buzzer beater to win by 2 points and our Canadian women lost by only 5. Our day in the basketball arena meant we ... read more
Canada 3rd Golden Athlete
Canadians Cheering Loud in Rio
Spain Celebrates After Win

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