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Rio de Janeiro

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  • Day63

    Bem vindo en Rio de Janeiro

    January 10 in Brazil ⋅ 🌙 28 °C

    Gestern ging unsere Reise weiter nach Rio de Janeiro, wo wir am Abend landeten. Schon am Flughafen fühlte es sich nicht mehr so an, als seien wir noch in Brasilien. Große Bildschirme und Werbeplakate, fancy Health Food und Mode-Klamotten-Läden erinnern eher an eine hippe Stadt in Nord- anstatt Südamerika. Unseren Weg zu Uber-Station brauchten wir gar nicht suchen, da uns ein schwarzer Weg mit weißen Pfeilen die richtige Richtung wies. Unterwegs zum Hostel begrüßten uns in der Ferne die Christusstatue und die Lichter des Zuckerhuts.

    Heute wollen wir gleich morgens an einer Free Walking Tour durch Downtown und Lapa teilnehmen und auf unserer Fahrt nach Downtown bin ich fasziniert von der Mischung, die Rio zu bieten hat: riesige Hochhäuser, ob modern oder alt, weiße Karibikstrände, türkisblaues Meer und wunderschöne, dunkelgrüne Berge, die sich anmutig um die Stadt legen 🏔 🌊 🏝
    Auf unserer zweistündigen Tour lernen wir viel über die brasilianische Geschichte und klappern die üblichen Spots, wie das Theatro Municipal, die Nationalbibliothek und den Kaiserlichen Palast ab, aber auch Stops wie das berühmte Café Columbo, auf dessen Gästeliste schon Königin Elizabeth II., König Albert von Belgien und diverse kluge Köpfe und Künstler der Stadt standen. Wer hier einen Platz zugewiesen bekommt, darf das einzigartige Flair des vorletzten Jahrhunderts und eine große Auswahl an Kuchen, Törtchen mit Schokolade, Käse oder tropischen Früchten und anderem Gebäck genießen. Wir heben uns die süße Pause jedoch für später auf. Kurz vor unserer letzten Station dürfen wir nämlich Brigadeiros probieren, eine typische brasilianische Praline aus süßer Kondensmilch und Kakao. Lecker! 🤤 Die Tour endet an der berühmten Treppe Escadaria Escalon. Über zwanzig Jahre hat Jorge Selarón, ein Künstler aus Chile, damit verbracht, diese Treppe zwischen Santa Teresa und Lapa mit über zweitausend bunten Ziegeln zu schmücken. Ursprünglich nahm er dazu Dachziegel von verschiedenen Baustellen und Abfall, die er zu Mosaiksteinen zusammensetzte. Später als Selarón und seine Treppe Berühmtheit erlangten, wurden die meisten Teile von Besuchern aus der ganzen Welt gespendet. So findet man auch viele Kacheln aus Deutschland: ich habe Lüneburg, Nürnberg und die Bremer Stadtmusikanten gefunden 😁
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  • Day1

    Bem-vindo ao rio

    February 18 in Brazil ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

    Nach dem vernebelten und verregneten Landeanflug auf Rio steigt man aus dem Flugzeug und eine Wand aus gefühlter 167%iger Luftfeuchtigkeit schlägt einem ins Gesicht.
    Deswegen ging es auf dem schnellsten Wege in die Unterkunft wo uns unsere Gastmuddi mit ihren zwei Katzen herzlich empfangen hat.
    Ein schnelles Schwäzle, ein kurzes Katzenkraulen, eine kalte Dusche(die man sich hätte sparen können) und ab ins Bett.
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  • Day7

    Ipanema

    February 24 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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  • Day3

    Selaron Steps

    December 12, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    A few flights of artistically decorated steps. Homes open right on to the steps. One was where the artist Jorge Selaron lived. The background red tiles are punctuated by other hand painted tiles many of which were donated. Note the kiwi and the Maori face! Makes a unique attraction...and beautifully connects two neighborhoods in Rio. We were advised not to venture the top to avoid being accosted/robbed. Ahem!Read more

  • Day4

    Imperial Palace Museum in Petropolis

    December 13, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    This was the summer residence of the Emporer and his family built in 1845. No photos inside unfortunately and had to wear slippers to protect the wooden floors. A remarkable huge old palace with hundreds of artifacts from the actual occupants. Fantastic garden outside.

  • Day41

    Paraty, Brazil (or not)

    February 13, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    I’m afraid that all we are going to see of Paraty, Brazil is out our windows. Captain Zanello just informed us that the weather is too dangerous to allow us into this port. Rough seas, 60 knot winds and an hour-long tender ride from our anchor spot all add up to a big “no”. So we are on our way to the next port (where it is also supposed to be raining).
    After that we are headed to Rio (where it is ALSO supposed to raining), and we are hoping this weather system will drop the temperature in Rio from the 109 degrees that it was yesterday.
    Soooo, the bar is open and it will be reading and watching movies today.
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  • Day45

    Blame it on Rio

    February 17, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    My dear wife, Ali, is currently out of commission so this blog post on Carnival falls to me. It all started with our special tickets to the Winner’s Parade, a collection of the 6 winning Samba school entries capping off the fesivities of Brazilian Carnival. We heard about the the more than 450 block parties, the numerous street parades and the millions of people that attended the Ipanema and Cocacabana beach parties, but these happened just prior to our arrival and the city of Rio was managable for the past three days of our visit. We thought the Winner’s Parade on the last night of our visit was probably just a low-key show for visitors like us with our special passes and shuttle busses.

    Not so. The samba schools are dance clubs that work nearly a full year to develop the theme, samba music, dances and floats for their entries in Carnival. During the festivities, 5 or 6 of the 12 major schools (there are hundreds of minor schools) are selected to perform in the Winner’s Parade, which occurs in the Sambadrome, a structure built specifically for this event.

    We knew these basics ahead of time, but the reality was revealed when we saw the glow of light from the Sambadrome as our bus was crossing town, still miles away. The Sambadrome is like a linear stadium, but nearly one-half mile in length and seating more than 70,000 people. We reached our seats in the brightlly light parade stretch about 9:00 PM and people were asking us if we planned on spending the whole night. Say what?

    The first of the six schools entered the Sambadrome about 10:00 with pulsing music, fireworks, much noise and cheering. We had one beer and pizza by that point. Only then did we realize that each samba school has 3000-3500 costumed participants and 5 or 6 spectacular floats laden with dancing people who actively engage the audience. We had held off on drinking the national drink, the caipirinha, but the rush of colors, pulsating beats, costumed bodies and excitement of the event led us to unwisely succumb and imbibe as the evening progressed. I remember the name “caipirinha” by thinking of the word piranha, but it turns out the similarity is not just in the sound of the name.

    Each samba school takes about an hour to pass through the stands with a break between, during which we tried to process the overwhelming visual, auditory and social experience, (and get more caipirinhas). Then the next school starts up, with a different song, color scheme and theme (usually political, a rich field right now) and more overwhelming stimulus. We got home at 3:00 AM even with the favorable 1-hour time change that conveniently occurred that night. We didn’t even see the last two samba schools, fearing we would miss the early departure of our ship. So, Ali is in bed and I am writing. The photos accompanying this blog enhance this verbal description, but there is one word that I have never used that perhaps does it best…scintillating.
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  • Day44

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (part dois)

    February 16, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Look at me, just a couple days in Brazil and I’m speaking fluent Portuguese! Well, at least a little bit.
    After our late night last night, we had a lighter day today, walking near the port and visiting a local museum.
    The “museum of the future” was mildly interesting, but more focused on special effects (not great ones) than on content. The most interesting thing about the museum was that it is completely self-sufficient, powered by solar and taking energy from the tides.
    The other interesting thing right at the port is a mural painted by graffiti artist Eduardo Kobra on an abandoned warehouse. It is 51’ tall by 564’ long and was painted for the 2016 Olympics to represent the different ethnicities participating in the games. It is a beautiful piece and adds a great deal of character to the port area.
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  • Day45

    Rio de Janiero, Brazil (part tres)

    February 17, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    What a fabulous day in Rio! The 4 of us hired a guide to see some of the popular sites plus some other sites that we might not be able to get to on a regular excursion. Luciana quickly assessed our group and saw that we were interested in seeing as much as possible and we did indeed! She had some great connections and she would phone ahead to one of the more crowded sites and have someone she knew there purchase the tickets for us and have them waiting when we arrived.
    Our first stop was the Christ the Redeemer statue. We took a cog train up there that at times seemed to move nearly vertically. There is something special about actually seeing something so iconic. The clouds obscured our view over the city somewhat, but it was a magical moment none-the-less.
    We sped across the city to take the 2 trams that go up to Sugarloaf mountain. The views were spectacular and we learned a great deal about the layout of the city from Luciana.
    Next was a drive-by of Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. Apparently, there is quite a “beach life” in Rio. Luciana said that most of the people on the beaches are locals and you always go to a specific area indicated by a number along the road. For example, she always goes to number 9. All of her “beach friends” are also always at number 9. Within 9, she goes to Moises beach shack. For very few reals (about 31 cents per real), Moises provides you with a chaise lounge, an umbrella, will get you any refreshments that you wish from any restaurant and will watch your stuff if you go swimming. She said that she’s known her beach friends for years, but she never sees them anywhere but the beach. Hhmmm...
    Our late lunch was near Ipanema Beach. We specifically asked to have the typical Brazilian dish Feijoada. It is black beans, garlic and a number of different meats served with rice, cassava flour and kale. Delicious, especially paired with a caipirinha and a shot of some unknown alcohol that is supposed to “open up the appetite”.
    Back to the van, where I immediately fell hard asleep until we arrived at the Rocinha favela for a short walk. The favelas (about 1000 of them in Rio) are almost like small cities. They are quite poverty stricken and struggle with crime and disease, but there were some small improvements in the one we visited. There is electricity (illegally obtained, but not pursued for payment), running water and some technology such as cable tv. There are many services such as groceries and clothing shops, but there is no infrastructure to speak of.
    All the rest of the time, Luciana regaled us with lots of stories about Brazil, life in Rio and some of the people she has served as guide for in the past.
    With our heads about to explode from all the information, sights, sounds and smells of the day, we head back to the ship to prepare for an evening at the Carnival Winners parade. Who knows what that will bring?
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  • Day42

    Buzios, Brazil

    February 14, 2018 in Brazil ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    We are hot and loving the beautiful sunshine here in Buzios, Brazil. This is a get-away town for people who live in Rio and Sao Paola, so everyone is happy, drinking beer and eating ice cream. And, recovering from the carnival celebration last night. They were sweeping up piles of confetti on the streets.
    We appreciated our little ship today when it was time to ride the tender back from town. We looked in disbelief at the tender line for the other cruise ship in the harbor that had to be 300 people. Someone caught us and directed us to our line of about 10 people.
    We enjoyed all the colorful architecture, tiles and cobbled streets here and tried to enjoy a little quiet before spending the next 3 days in Rio!
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