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Published: July 15th 2005
phase 1 of our adventure is coming to an end as we have now decided that we will be leaving this tropical paridise on Monday! but its been amazing here!
Here are our diaries from the last few days
12th July - Dom´s
We wake up early and robby fixes us breakfast. He offers a number of outings for set prices, and we take him up on a tour of the city for 70R$ (1 R$ is 24p). We walk to the local beach and buy coconuts, drinking the milk straight from the coconut, as Robby tells us about his life here in Rio. There is no welfare system here, so when he lost his job he had to think of something. Jobs are scarce, and rich people scacer here. He opened his flat to tourists 18 months ago, and has had about 100 people since then ¨and only 3 bad experience¨. Some stay a few days (most), but some stay for several months; ¨I make them feel safe¨ - and he does: he's a great man!
Then he takes us by bus to the city centre, and shows us the theatre, national oil company building and parliament buildings, all very impressive buildings. We also see a catholic church - huge, mostly concrete, with massive stained glass windows. Very impressive. After that we board an incredibly bumpy train/tram to take us to ¨artist's place¨ - Santa Tereasa. We could see why artists would like it. Beautiful old buildings and views of the mini-mountains of Rio, and the lush vegetation of the tropics. We take some pictures and share a beer, and a very alcolohlic drink made from sugar, lemons and ¨sugarcane-Brazilian vodka¨ - a Caipirinha (or something). It has one hell of a kick, anyway.
After that we take the bus to Copacobana and enjoy a buffet lunch (at 4pm) of all kinds of cosmopolitan foods, at a restaurant where waiters attend every minute or two asking if you would like them to cut you some meat from their scewer, or perhaps garlic bread? How about chicken hearts? All for less than a fiver each. We walk it off on Copacobana beach, the most famous in the world - beatiful sand and clear waters from paradise. Muscle men do their thing and the girls play the boys at handball, while we sit by the sea and learn more about Robby, and a little Portuagese.
The tube and a crowded bus take us home, ready for bed at 7.30.
july 12th laura´s version
we finally got to see some of the sights today after sleeping off most of our jet lag, and of course the first thing we are desperate to see is the beach! Robby took us to Flemengo beach, it was the most amazing thing i have ever seen, as you walk up tp it you get the most spectacular view of Sugar Loaf (the cablecars) and turning around to make the most of the photo opportunity we get a glimpse of the statue of Jesus behind some buildings.
walking to the beach the both of us are lost for words, i actually believe we have found paradise!
And then, being sat on paraidise beach itself the most obvious thing to do...drink coconut water...from the coconut itself!! (yet another great picture opportunity!). After taking in the sights for a while longer we managed to drag ourselves away from the view and took a bus to the centre...now that was an adventure in itself; the bus was jam packed with people and it is debatable whether the bus driver had ever read the highway code! so after jumping a few red lights we walked around the bustling city centre surrounded by magnificant buildings, everything here is so special and unique, no two buildings alike...even the pavement is amazing!
We took in the sights, sounds and atmosphere of the centre for a while and were treated to a look inside a catholic church, which is more of a monument with stained glass windowns on everyside and such a humbling atmosphere its incerdible! After recovering from the noise from the city we waited for the tram, a quite journey to Santa Tereasa? hum well no, i would have preffered the bus thank you very much! no its an unmissable ride of near misses which leaves you with a very sore bottom!
Santa Tereasa was magnificant an artits paridise as our new best friend Robby informed us, and no not just because of my new best friend, the Caipirinha! mmmmmm
a bus ride to Copacabana no less, i mean where better to eat a luxurious all you can eat meal of chicken hearts!! (okay there was other stuff...and okay i didnt actually try the chicken hearts!) After such a large meal, a walk and rest on Copacabana beach! i mean when in brazil!
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