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  • Day43

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (part one)

    February 15, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 82 °F

    Wow! Three full days in Rio! We are always given little talks about always being aware onshore for pickpockets and petty crime, but the warnings for Rio were downright intense. Apparently, Rio has a reputation for robbery crimes-we have gone in with nothing-no jewelry, watches, bags, etc.
    We took a 5 hour walking tour our first morning and we had 2 bodyguards for 12 of us. Enough of that.
    We learned some fascinating history and heard about some of the problems that are prevalent present day, specifically, the cost of living being far too high for wages that can be earned. There are myriad issues that come from this, including the ever-growing “favelas” and drug and gang activity. Sounds like some bad politicians.
    We located a guide that took us out to a couple of clubs this evening. It was interesting in that getting there in his car, we saw no one walking around, yet the actual area where the clubs were, were teeming with people. There is zero tolerance for drinking and driving so people take a taxi to where they are partying, then take a taxi back out.
    We visited 2 clubs with live music, drank caipirinhas and yes, danced the samba. It was definitely an experience and we got a real taste of night life in Rio.
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  • Day4

    Niterói und tropischer Regen

    February 23, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Schon als wir heute morgen um 9 Uhr starten ist der Himmel mit dunklen Wolken, die nichts Gutes verheißen, bedeckt. Da helfen auch die 27 Grad nicht wirklich. Ziel heute ist die Rio de Janeiro gegenüberliegende Stadt Niterói. Sie wurde im 16. Jahrhundert durch den Tupi-Indio Araribóla gegründet und um sie zu erreichen, überqueren wir die imposante 1974 eröffnete Rio-Niterói Brücke. Diese ist 13,2 km lang, davon 8,8 km über Wasser und an der höchsten Stelle ist sie 72 m über dem Meeresspiegel.
    Erster Stopp (und leider dann auch letzter) ist ein Museumsgelände des brasilianischen Architekten Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012), der als Wegbereiter der modernen Brasilianischen Architektur gilt und mehr als 600 Bauten errichtete aus seinem Lieblingsbaumaterial Stahlbeton. Die runden Formen erinnern an seine Liebe zu den Frauen. Leider werden diese formschönen Gebäude heute nicht genutzt und stehen leer, ein Jammer! Mitten in der Besichtigung fängt es an wie aus Kübeln zu schütten, ruckzuck stehen wir mehr oder weniger ungeschützt in knöchelhohen Wasser. Wir müssen unsere Tour abbrechen, so nass wie wir drei geworden sind, denn die Temperatur ist auf "nur" 23 Grad gesunken. Auch in den Straßen kann das Wasser nicht ablaufen.
    So sind wir gegen 12 Uhr am Hotel, um die Kleidung zu wechseln.
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  • Day4

    Day 4: Rio de Janeiro

    August 17, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    After checking out from the Injoy, I am homeless for the coming day. At the Rio rodoviaria I board the bus/coach headed for Brasilia. It's only half-full and the reclining seats are comfortable. The journey is scheduled for 19 hours, hence it includes overnight travel and meal breaks.

    The vehicle grinds up from sea level to the central plateau, into the state of Minas Gerais. This used to be the centre of an 18th century gold rush and there are several gorgeous baroque former mining towns here. The modern towns are still used for mining but don't look like tourist attractions.
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  • Day1

    Days 1 & 2: Rio de Janeiro, landfall

    August 14, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    After a successful visit in August 2017, I am returning to Brazil almost exactly a year later. Last year although I flew in and out of Rio, most of the trip was spent in the north-eastern state of Bahia. This time I'll be in the south and centre of the country in the states of Rio, Goias and Mato Grosso, not forgetting the D.F. (Distrito Federal, where Brasilia is). I'll be seeing some little-known gold-rush towns in the interior and viewing some wildlife in the Mato Grosso with a friend who has already started travelling there. As for Rio---well, it's unique. Brazil takes up half the area of South America and despite various hiccups over the years, is the world's eighth largest economy. Ethnically it's a fascinating blend of people from all corners of Europe, Asia, the Middle East and very significantly, a large Afro-Brazilian population and a smattering of indigenous peoples as well.

    It's a morning start from Heathrow. Not quite as early as last year when a 6 o'clock take-off meant a 4 a.m. check-in, hence a taxi along the dark, silent Great West Road. The flight passes without incident and despite a 2-hour delay, my driver is waiting at Rio international airport for the dark, not so silent streets of Rio to my lodging. This lies in a (what for Rio is quiet) cul de sac in the middle class quarter of Botafogo. I'm not too keen on places with jokey names but the Injoy Hostel does what it says: helpful, friendly staff and comfortable accommodation; the rooms are named after major cities and for this stay I am in the Belrim (sic). At this time of the year Rio's climate is temperate and air-conditioning redundant.

    When a trip begins, the problems are usually technical. The reception offer to book onward transport at the desk but my credit card isn't working. I try to contact my bank on my phone but that isn't working either; I suspect that the phone number quoted on my card is obsolete. The guy on reception manages to get the bank on his phone and confirms that the card itself is valid but isn't accepted for on line Brazil payments. So I head off to the Rodoviaria (bus station) and sort it out there---in cash.

    After all this, it's mid-afternoon and I take a preliminary walk to the beach at Botafogo, The water isn't suitable for swimming but people use the foreshore for exercising and there are some nice yachts in the bay. For evening it's time to unwind with an Antarctica beer---not the best for taste but it blows away any jetlag.
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  • Day38

    Potatoes and Pineapple Brazilian Style

    January 4, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    Maria and the girls join us for a BBQ this evening. Steaks and the usual fare accompanied by a side of Brazilian potato and pea salad and followed by a Brazilian pineapple dessert. Dimitra questioned the authenticity of the salad. The dessert didn't set in time so plenty left over.

    I would recommend the dessert for the health conscious. It is a pineapple liquefied in a food processor with lime juice and some sugar added.
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