21.02.2007 34 °C
We have been in Rio for about a week now and it has been a while since we wrote anything in this Blog.
Rio is a city of such contrasts it is difficult to know where to begin.
We are staying one street back from Copacabana beach and we have awesome beach views and views of Pao de Acucar (Sugar Loaf Mountain).
Following advice from other travellers we have discovered the wonderful tastes of Acai and Caipirinhas.
Acai is like a blueberry smoothie mixed with ice and honey. It is sweet and rumour has it, it has great health benefits. I am not so sure but it does taste damn good.
Caipirinha is a local cocktail comprising some spirit I cannot remember the name of mixed with limes and crushed ice. It is a rather citrusy (is that a word - it is now!) taste so Alli has taken to them. On a beach front kiosk these delights are about 3 Reis (about 75 pence each to those from blighty and a little under 2 dollars to the antipodean readers).
We have been relaxing as this has been our honeymoon week and we have kept sightseeing to a minimal. There is not a great deal to see in Rio and I feel people watching, seeing the culture is what Rio is all about. That said we have seen Sugar Loaf mountain (access up via a cable car and a rather expensive trip for what it is 35 Reis) and of course carnaval!.
Carnaval is a street spectacle slightly North of the centre. The area is a bit run down and the local favelas are not too far away. Following a trip to this area and a rather frustrating 30 minutes to try and find a ticket office amidst ticket scalpers we got sector 9 tickets for Saturday evening. We got them at ticket issue price 2 days before the show. The show was fantastic - the sights, sounds, costumes and crowd was awesome. After 6 hours (a sore back) we decided to call it a draw and went home. We got in at 3,30am. We only saw 6 out of 10 of the schools. The show started at 8pm and based on the timings was not due to finish until 6 or 7am. Great value but enough is enough.
That is us all up to date.
Our plans have changed slightly. We were going to go to the Brazilian Pantanal but have ditched the idea. We got mullered by mozzies in Iguazu and both of us thought that going to the Brazilian wetlands would have resulted in frustration!. We have decided to head directly south to Parati, Curitiba, Porto Alegro and then on to Montevideo, Uruguay.
That is the fun of travelling!.
Love to All
Jay and Alli