The Good, the Bad and Ugly.
24.02.2007 34 °C
Rio is now at an end. In 4 hours we will be on a 12 hour overnight bus to Curitiba. We have taken Parati off our list. The accommodation options were about 3-4 times that of Lonely Planet (as are the bus fares!!!!!).
Rio has been a mixture of good, bad and indifferent.
The good are the people, the beaches and the weather. The acai (an amazon fruit I have since found out) is great as are Caipirinhas.
The indifferent is the poverty and those it affects. You cannot go 30 minutes without being hassled for money or whatever. Not that I don´t feel for the plight of those far less fortunate but you grow indifference to being asked and whistled at 20 times a day. Some kid tried to shoe shine my flip flops or thongs.
The bad was a stupíd moment by me. I was attacked by 5 or 6 youths on the beach whilst taking a sneaky pee as is the local custom and non-toilet situation on the beach front. Luckily I had very little on me and the blighters were frightened off when I fought back and left hooked one. I escaped unscathed and will what little money I had on me. Lesson to oneself - do not wander on the dark part of the beach alone on the last night of carnaval!.
Apart from that we have had a fairly decent time.
To any travellers reading this blog, rethink your budgets if you are following the Lonely Planet guide. The tourist attractions are at least double the LP as are planes and buses. Cheap eateries and bars are still up to date.
Our Rio adventure is over.... We are looking forward to a new place with new experiences. Curitiba here we come.
Jason & Alli