Pedras de Ipanema

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  • Day7


    February 24, 2019 in Brazil ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

    Auf dem Obstmarkt noch schnell ein Stückchen Melone geholt und dann ab zum Strand nach Ipanema oder besser das Miami von Rio.
    Angekommen und erstmal die tolle Aussicht genießen, dann ein freies Plätzchen gesucht und einen Schirm geordert, sonst LEBENSGEFAHR!!!
    Kaum das Handtuch auf der LAVA abgelegt, hört man schon die Marktschreier...
    Empanadaaaas... Picoleeee... Habitanteeee... Panooo... Man versteht eigentlich nicht viel ausser Cervejaaa(BIER) ist ein Begriff ;).

    4Stunden rum, genug von Schreihälsen, Meer, Strand und Sonne, geht es wieder in die 2km entfernte Unterkunft zurück - aber irgendwas fehlt... wer könnte helfen? :D
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  • Day96

    Rio you got us

    December 8, 2016 in Brazil ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    This city amazed us with its white and clear beaches, its lively neighbourhoods, and its extensive nightlife. During this week here we stayed in Ipanema, and its beach was the perfect choice for relaxing and swimming in the refreshing sea during the day. Besides biking to the botanical garden and along the copacabana beach, we hiked up to the Christ the Redeemer statue. There we got a breathtaking view over the city. We explored the area of Santa Teresa by going up the tiny streets with an old cute yellow tram. We eventually ended up at the famous coloured Selarón stairs. One night we met up with the cute Brazilian couple Flavia and Anderson, which we met in the Amazon. They took us to a live Samba event that used to be the place where the workers went back in the days. After that we went to another street Samba at Pedra do Sal, which is the birthplace of Samba in Rio de Janeiro. This and other great nights of dancing with people from the hostel completed the Rio experience.Read more

  • Jun18

    Vain Vain Go Away Pt. 2

    June 18, 2019 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    The second part of the Brazil trip started with more exploration round Chapada Diamantina and the town of Lencois.

    We found a swimming hole/sliding waterfall thing which was cool to spend a couple of hours at. Highlights including Old Yoga Man doing some of the funniest lunging and thrusting stretches which I’m not sure are any form of yoga, and the selfie obsessed girl that so badly wanted a selfie on the water slide but couldn’t swim. Undeterred by this small matter she strapped on a lifevest and got her mate to drag her like a drowning dog over to selfie point where she stripped off to bikini for her social media snap but I know the real truth love...I’ll try and not go on another Instagram rant but sometimes it’s truly pathetic!

    Anyway, we just took the rest of the day easy, and generally ate and drank our way through to the time when we needed to get the nightbus back out of there then waited in a bus station with about 10000 moths which of course added to the travel ‘experience’.

    After the National Park, our original plan was to finish the trip around the northern beaches close to Salvador however the weather there was still shite so it meant to grant Rose’s wish of having some beach time thrown in the holiday we had to get a 7 hour nightbus, taxi in Salvador, a flight from Salvador to São Paulo (fortunately able to pay a small amount to change to an earlier flight), then a flight from São Paulo to Rio and another taxi to a hotel to spend the night around Botofogo before then getting a two and half hour Uber the next morning over to a ferry point where we then had to catch a boat over to Ihla Grande - dedication to the cause!

    The thought of getting a two and a half hour taxi in the UK sounds utterly preposterous, however it worked out the same price as the tourist shuttle service and we didn’t have to pick up the world and his wife from inside Rio before getting out on the road and wasting half the day - so that’s my top traveller tip on this one!

    Anyway sat in a bar for a bit where some wasps would not fuck off and then after 36 hours of travel we finally reached the chilled out pedestrianised island just in time for Brazilian Valentines I planned it right?!!

    Had some drinks on the beach, checked in to our nice eco hotel place then the next few days were spent relaxing (as best as I could do anyway...)

    Day 1 of relaxing - 3-4 hour jungle trek in super humidity :P It did come out at some incredible and peaceful beaches though so I feel justified for that! We were unfortunately joined on the walk by some over loud and annoying backpackers but on reaching the first beach we were able to ditch them and enjoy some off coconut water in the beaches one sole little shack thing...An hour or so later, we then reached a jetty which went out into the sea and functioned as a restaurant which was a nice surprise seeing as I had obviously planned what we would be eating for the day right (right?!!) and then a last walk to the final beach which was the one everyone wanted to reach although I kinda preferred the other ones we passed along the way.

    Found some well deeeeeecent pasta place for dinner which we then went to every night after and then did a boat trip the next day where went to a load of beaches you couldn’t reach by walking (I’d have probably tried) and found this 90 degree palm tree of doom which was pretty epic.

    The trip didn’t really didn’t follow the planned timeframe as our lunch option was presented at 6pm where everyone had to jump into the sea and get wet to reach the restaurant and then freeze their balls off once the sun had gone down soon after (then re-enter the sea to get back in the boat when it was night time). The trip back on the boat was then delayed due to the boat breaking down so we basically travelled back at night a shivering mess which put a bit of a dampener (literally) on a good day.

    The third day I tried my best to relax by staying on a local beach and reading whilst drinking beer... is this how holidays are supposed to be done, as I have absolutely nothing else to say about this day?!

    Once back in Rio, Rose got her wish of drinking on the Copacabana, where we spent pretty much the entire day solely doing that starting at around midday. Found some nice little Tapas place then walked down to the beach, hired a chair and swished back a healthy dose of Caiprinhas from a beach shack owned by some super friendly 70 year olds, who upon paying the bill for the day joined us by doing shots and giving us more alcohol, saying that we were sent from God and at some point calling their grandson on WhatsApp!

    Don’t remember much of that conversation but by the time we left we had promised them accommodation if they came to London (not sure if would remember what they look like!) and promised to return the following day, which I still kinda feel bad that we didn’t for being too hungover/wanting to see a few things the following day.

    The rest of the night involved in some order Rose getting a temp tattoo whacked on her, more espresso martinis (not sure if that was a wise choice after caiprinhas) and going to some nice restaurant of which don’t have much recollection of and the following morning was a large haze of what happened the night before...

    The last day in Rio, and in Brazil was spent around the Ipanema area in the morning, waiting for about 2 hours for Rose to try every single garment on in a running shop, revisiting one of our favourite healthy food places (was actually very easy for Rose to find decent vegetarian and vegan options) and then spending the final sunset going up Sugarloaf mountain....

    Ok so one last rant about Instagram and selfies...

    You go up on the cable car at sunset, you naturally expect people want to take a load of photos right. Only thing is there is a limited amount of space for people to move up next to the window so it instantly becomes a battle ground. Fair play to the people that get good spots and views where they can actually get a decent photo. Pointless fucking waste of time to those that don’t and are crammed in the middle but still insist of taking a selfie where you can’t actually see anything other than the sweat patches of someone else’s noggin. And no there isn’t any more room for you to push to the front no matter how much you think that’s a great idea.

    Unfortunately things didn’t get too much better once we reached the top as this time (when there was space for EACH person to stand) people would still clamber on top of each other, or shove a phone right in front of your face disregarding any form of patience or manners just to get their photograph, of which they’ve probably got 70% fence and a bit of sky at the top as the view is when you look DOWN you moron.

    Even Rose became irritated as someone literally shoved her out the way to get a shot. Not only that but the girl didn’t even turn to look at the sunset over the bay and the city and proclaimed she didn’t actually want to stay, she just wanted a picture. Hope she got two likes the silly bint!

    And with that marked the end of our trip to Brazil, and what was 7 and a half weeks in the country for me. We had seen some incredible places, eaten amazing food, not really been ripped off, and largely had an incredible time despite being a bit unlucky with the weather at points. Unfortunately the obsession with vanity and social media likes isn’t likely to go away any time soon and it’s hard to really embrace it when largely everyone is a massive bellend with it. I think maybe the next trip of doom should be somewhere that’s a bit less big city, manic, thousands of people, push you to get a photograph type of place... oh the next trip is India you say?!

    Until next time.
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  • Day52

    35 Grad - Alter Falter :P

    December 26, 2016 in Brazil ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    Ganz wie in dem tollen Film "Good morning Vietnam": Und das Wetter heute: Es ist heeeeeeeeeiiiiiiiiiiß!

    Morgen gehts nach Buenos Aires mit 25 Grad plus 😀

    Vorher noch Essen in dem berühmten Restaurant - La Garota da Ipanema - The girl from Ipanema ist hier entstanden 👏Read more

  • Day17

    Airbnb Loft Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro

    September 30, 2016 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Nach einer kräftezehrenden Autofahrt endlich in Rio angekommen. Das Wetter spielt nicht vollkommen mit, dafür ist das gebuchte Loft überlagernd. 17 Stock mit Blick auf Morro Dois Irmãos. Obringsambo!

  • Day80

    Rio de Janeiro

    December 20, 2016 in Brazil ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Rio hat so viele wunderschöne Strände. Das Meer ist eher kühl, aber bei den momentan heissen und feuchten Temperaturen angenehm erfrischend.

    Rio has a lot of beautiful beaches. The sea is rather fresh but perfect for a cool swim on hot and humid days like today.Read more

  • Day139

    Rio / Silvester

    December 31, 2016 in Brazil ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Nach der kurzen Busfahrt sind wir wieder am Novo Rio Busterminal angekommen. Abgesehen davon, dass es jetzt viel voller war, war auch überall Sicherheitspersonal mit Schusswaffen. Aber gut, Silvester mit 2.000.000 Leuten will auch erst mal gehandhabt sein.

    Wie auch immer, wir setzten wir uns in ein Taxi und fuhren diesmal nicht in die Favela, sondern ins Ibis Budget direkt an einer Mall und einer Metrostation gelegen. Etwas außerhalb, aber mit einmal umsteigen, war man 50 Minuten später am Beach von Ipanema. Kostet dann 5€ für uns beide zusammen und man steht auch nicht im Stau.

    Das Hotel war eigentlich besser als man für den Preis erwarten kann. Auch wenn der Feueralarm in der Nacht losgeht und man an der Rezeption nicht für voll genommen wird, weil es ja gar kein Feuer gibt. Egal, dafür war das Essen in der Mall nebenan günstig und genießbar. Man kann eben nicht alles haben. Ein Satz der sich immer mehr in unseren Köpfen festsetzt seitdem wir in Südamerika sind.

    Von unserem Zimmer konnten wir "wunderbar" auf sehr große Bereiche der Favela Complexo do Alemão schauen, durch die eine Seilbahn gebaut wurde. Leider wurde der Betrieb eingestellt, da kein Geld mehr da ist diese zu betreiben. Der Zweck war ursprünglich die Favela Bewohner besser in den Alltag zu integrieren, indem man ihnen einen besseren Weg aus Ihren Gebieten in die Stadt schafft. Die Nutzung der Seilbahn war für die Favela Bewohner kostenlos und für die Touristen kostenpflichtig. Durch dieses Konzept öffneten sich die Favelas etwas, auch für die Touristen. Dieses war natürlich auch der "Befriedung" der Favelas durch die Polizei geschuldet, die die Drogenbanden vertrieben haben sollen. Allerdings wird der Einsatz der Polizei in den Favelas kontrovers diskutiert und man spricht nun von drei Banden in der Favela die mit Gewalt herrschen und nicht von zwei wie in der Zeit vor der Befriedung.

    Tagsüber machten wir dann den Strand unsicher. Auch wenn es hier voll war, da die Tage vor Silvester sind natürlich die totale Highseason sind und die Strandverkäufer zum 100. Mal vorbei laufen und Mate Tee, Caipirinha, Acai, Strandtücher oder Sonnencreme anbieten, wir haben diese Brasilianer ins Herz geschlossen. Tudo bem! halt.

    Silvester ist schnell erzählt, 2.000.000 Menschen an der Copacabana, eine leihenhafte Vorstellung am Strand auf der Bühne vor dem Copacabana Palace, wo dauernd die Hälfte aller Boxen ausgefallen war oder auch mal minutenlang gar kein Sound, eine Schlägerei und zwei mal eine Gang von Favelakids, die durch alle Leute gelaufen sind und wahrscheinlich alles mitgenommen haben was sie zu greifen bekommen haben. Ansonsten sehr ruhig, ohne Besoffen, ohne Stress mit einem gelungen Finale voller Feuerwerk und guter Stimmung. Am Tag wurden dann noch fleißig Blumen ins Wasser geschmissen für das Beste im neuen Jahr. Auch die eine oder andere Religionsgemeinschaft war vorstellig geworden und lief um eine Sandburg gespickt mit Kerzen herum um murmelten Lieder und spielten Trommeln.
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  • Day67

    Day Two - Tuesday 2 August 2016

    August 17, 2016 in Brazil ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    Woke up early after a disturbed night due to both jetlag and a new environment. We walked to a juice bar "Nectar" and tried to work out how the system worked. The waiting staff took pity on us and helped us out. We ended up with cake, fruit juice and a cappucino. The cappucino was sweeter and small than we expected. I bought a pair of flipflops from the Havaiana store in Ipanema - blue Liberty print.
    Then we walked to Ipanema beach where we walked to the end closest to Copacabana. It was amazing how many traders were trying to sell their food, drink and beach chairs. We then walked along the connecting street Rua Francisco Otaviano to Copacabana Beach where we passed Russia House (temporary olympic hospitality house) and then paid to go into Fort Copacabana where we paid R$6.00 each to get in and walked along their sea wall with great views of Copacabana Beach. We stopped at one of the two cafes for breakfast looking out to sea. Dessert Restaurant Confeitaria Colombo belongs to an old well established cafe in the centre (Centro) area of Rio. Clive had an omlette and I had waffles. The fort is still a military base and so funny to eat breakfast and have soldiers marching past. Then we exited the fort and walked along Copacabana Beach at the water's edge. We walked as far as the Olympic Megastore where we had a look around. That evening we had drinks at Restaurate Rayz and the pizza at Capricciosa. It was the only time that we drank wine with a meal as it was expensive.

    Breakfast - Dessert Restaurant Confeitaria Colombo, Fort Copacabana
    Coffee - Starbucks Ipanema
    Lunch - Garota de Ipanema (sandwiches)
    Drinks - Rayz
    Dinner - Capricciosa
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  • Nov27

    First full day of touring Rio de Janeiro

    November 27, 2019 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Rio de Janeiro. Hotel:Arena Copacabana
    Guide: Rodrigo Quintello

    What a wonderful day we had! We rose with the alarm at 7:00am after a really good sleep, had a very filling breakfast and were ready when Rodrigo met us in the lobby at 10:00. We liked him right off the bat and decided we would ask him if he would be our guide for the next day. Unfortunately, he had a tour for the next 4 days, but he got in touch with the office to try and find someone else for us.

    Our first tour was to take a train up Corcovado Hill 2,300 ft. above sea level, to see the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Hill. The train took about half an hour rising from the base to a halfway point and then continued up the hill through the Tijuca Rain Forest National Park, overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro. On arrival, we walked up the 240 steps to the base of the statue and were pleased that we could do this without breathing problems. A breathtaking view from all sides! Lots of people were standing with their arms wide open, copying the form of the statue, to have their pictures taken. Lots more lying on the ground looking up so they could get the entire statue in their viewfinder because of its height. We were so lucky because it was a clear blue sky, and everything below was very easy to see.

    The statue of Christ is done in art Deco style, created by French sculptor Paul Landowski and built by Brazilian engineer Hector da Silva Costa, in collaboration with French engineer Albert Caquot, Romanian sculptor Gheorghe Leonida fashioned the face in France. It is made of reinforced concrete clad in a mosaic of thousands of triangular, white, soapstone tiles. Constructed between 1922 and 1931, the statue is 30 metres high, with a base 8-metres. The arms stretch 28 metres wide. The statue weighs 635 metric tons. A symbol of Christianity across the world, the statue has also become a cultural icon of both Rio de Janeiro and Brazil and is listed as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.
    Rodrigo took us around to all sides of the Corcovado Hill and talked about all the points of view we could see of the city. The number of beaches is amazing. Flamengo Beach, Botafogo Beach, Leme Beach, Copacabana Beach, Diablo Beach, Aproador Beach, Ipanema Beach, Leblon Beach. We could see the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, the racetrack, and Sugarloaf Mountain. It was spectacular!
    On the way back down, we saw lots of Jackfruit trees bearing a sweet tasting custardy type of fruit that can weigh up to 100 lbs. One tree can bear up to 200 fruit in a year. It is used as a dessert or for making custards and in baking.
    We returned to the car and drove along the coastline and stopped at Leblon beach right at the end of the series of beaches. We got out and walked along looking back at Ipanema beach. We then continued along to Ipanema and stopped for lunch at a Barbeque restaurant called Carretao. This was a typical Brazilian barbeque lunch. The whole “event” is orchestrated by two head waiters who relay directions to the servers, all wearing earbuds, as to which customers are ready for additional meat. We were given coasters the said Yes -green and Red - No. When we turned the coaster to green a server came around with a meat skewered sword and a significant knife to carve off some meat. The first sword was chicken so a whole breast was served to each of us! Yikes, it is going to be a long lunch! The meat was delicious, crispy skin and tender moist meat inside. We quickly turned our coasters to No and enjoyed our chicken. The next meat served was beef, and then lamb and then steak and then pork. We also had side dishes of fried bananas, garlic bread, fried polenta, and other items, we were not sure what they were but very tasty. We never did get to the salad bar as there was way too much food. What an experience. When we said we had had enough they still brought a dish of the best vanilla ice cream. We were stuffed. Collingwood, this would be a great restaurant!

    From the restaurant we drove back to the Urca district home of a military site, to board the cable car to Sugarloaf Mountain. The cable car went up in two stages. We got off at the first stop and wandered around and even saw a helipad for people wanting to take even more spectacular sightseeing rides. We saw the very first cable car and the man who started it Mr. Augusto Ferreiro Ramos. Started in 1912 it ran until 1972 when the cars were retired, and new ones were put in place. The area was very relaxed so we could take our time and lots of pictures and enjoy the beautiful weather. From Urca Hill, we continued in a second cable-car to the top of Sugarloaf which rises 395 meters above sea level and offers a 360-degree view of the entire city including Botafogo and Copacabana Beaches, the Christ Statue on Corcovado Mountain, and downtown Rio de Janeiro. Here Rodrigo suggested that we take our time and walk around on our own for about an hour. We walked down about 5 or 6 levels and found a lookout to a Fort below on Guanabara Bay. The size of Guanabara Bay makes it the second largest in Brazil, but the depth of the bay, by sheer volume, makes it not only the deepest natural bay in Brazil, but the deepest in the world!

    The name Rio de Janeiro was given to the city in 1565.It comes from when Portuguese navigators who arrived on January 1, 1502 mistook the entrance of the Guanabara Bay for the mouth of a river (rio is the Portuguese word for “river” and janeiro the word for “January

    We then walked back up almost to the top where we sat at an outdoor café and enjoyed some lemonade. The temperature was about 32 degrees C.

    We descended by the 2 cable cars back to the parking lot and headed back to our hotel. On the way Rodrigo wanted us to see the residential area of Urca. We drove up and down several streets. There were many houses up for sale. Rodrigo explained that the houses were historical and on very valuable land. The owners wanted their money out, but no one could afford to buy them and fix them up. There is a sea wall that runs along the shoreline of Guanabara Bay and the residents of the area congregate there to visit and watch life go by. In the bay was a statue of Sao Pedro do Mar the patron saint of boaters. He showed us a lovely small church in the area and then we returned to the hotel.

    We had an hour-long rest and then headed out to a famous bar/ restaurant in the Ipanema area called, Vinícius Piano Bar, a restaurant and a show bar for those who really like Bossa Nova. It was opened in 1977 and in 1989 it was opened with a show by Carlos Lira. It was then that the bar became known as the Bossa Nova Temple. We had a wonderful dinner sitting out on the restaurant’s verandah.
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