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Sun and skol

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


I'm just in rio at the moment, it has been pretty amazing. Manic street parties, loads of sun and lots of skol. 28oC at 2am in the morning. 

I was pretty lucky to get here as we had a white out on the drive to the aiport. It was an hr of wondering which would cause the accident first;
 1. Dads dangerous driving 
2.  Not being able to see much further than 10m in front of us.
3. Driving behind 4 snow trucks clearing the motorway.

 Then when I got to JFK I got moved to an earlier flight as my flighty was likely to be cancelled. So I had to run to the gate. Only 1 in 5 planes weren't cancelled.
 
Then I had one of the worst experiences i have ever had on a plane. Just before takeoff they decided the plane  needed deicing which meant it was sprayed with some red goo and scrapped the ice off. Which sounds ok unless your inside the plane at the time and given no warning.

I've been staying in an apartment 2blocks from copacabana beach, as the hostel I booked was in a bad neighbourhood and I'm getting a good deal with my landlady. Though I think knowing some Portuguese or Spanish would be of been useful.  got a bit sun burnt on my first day. Probaby as my skin needed to get used to the 50oC change in temp. 

At present I'm spending most of my time with my housemate jess and her tour group. We've done most of the sites now. I'm heading up to sugar loaf for the sunset tonight.
 
We've seen lots of amazing samba dancing and drumming in the random street parties. It's really strange watching thousands of ppl dancing in the rd with ambulances and buses trying to drive through. Last night I bumped into a group of manc uni lads and spent the evening drinking with them on the ipemema beach. 5km strech of beach 20 ppl deep. 

It has been pretty expensive in rio so I'm heading north to brazilia tonight on the overnight bus. I'll try and put some photos up soon.  
  

permalink written by  Arthur Crabtree on February 11, 2010 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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