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Published: March 8th 2017
Carnival continues with nothing other than parties, beers, good times and fantastic friends! Notice there is no mention of sleep!! We managed to bag ourself some tickets for the Sambadrome on Sunday night (the carnival dancing you see on tv) and wow it was FANTASTIC. Words and photos will never do it justice. From 10pm to 7:30am we watched five samba schools strut their stuff for an hour each with unimaginable costumes and floats with every colour you can imagine. It was literally an orgasm for the eyes!!! You just cannot fathom organising that many people on that scale! Some people may have seen that there was an accident after the first school, where the last float crashed into the crowd. We did witness this but we're unsure of what exactly had happened. Local news did say there were obviously injuries and they were whisked off to hospital wicked quick for the show to continue. Now originally I thought this was quite callous but as the chief organiser said in his press release- to stop the carnival would have been carnage!
Having seen the dancing our time in Rio was coming to an end. We were totally not ready for this
to happen. So we said goodbye the only way we know how- by hitting four block parties in one day lol!! We managed to join a band and be part of the procession - with me on the drums! We met a man dressed as Pablo Escobar complete with his bag of flour! Watched the sun go down over Christ the redeemer and sugar loaf for the last time before hitting a gay party for good measure. The night abruptly came to an end when I sliced my foot open on some glass and it looked like a scene from the saw movies!
Luckily I managed to patch myself up for our flight the next day. All in all we got to bed at 5am and we're up for the airport transfer at 8am. I later realised why the girl at the check in desk was laughing at me- I still had last nights glitter make up on when I got on the plane!!
A short plane ride later we were in Chile! The plane made a nice change from all the buses we had been getting and we felt like we were going on holiday again!
Arriving late evening
to our hostal we indulged in a curry, much to Jo's delights as she had been craving one for sometime now!
The next day we had planned to check out and head south but fatigue had well and truely sunk in and we slept most of the day, only waking to go on the city walking tour at 3pm. Santiago has a wealth of modern history with communism and its previous dictatorships and is huge in area covered. We got the cable car up to the top of the mount with saint Mary on top for a birds eye view and some photos. We are travelling to Valparaiso tomorrow and after we plan to go to Pucon and then it is our plan is to head north to the desert region and salt flats. We discovered a little to late that flying down south is easier than bus but now it's to expensive to do so. Still we will make the most of what we can do and see.
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