Futebol & Christ
Rio de Janeiro Travel Blog› entry 4 of 9 › view all entries
February 17th, 2010 – by: manuel_s
So we went to see the Botafogo - Flamengo match (2 rio clubs) in Maracana, South America´s biggest stadium. We couldn`t find a ticket booth anywhere so we bought our ticket on the street and ended up in the Botafogo fan section of the stadium. Football is a matter of the gravest importance overhere and a sedate looking daddy with his 8 year old son can suddenly turn in to a "filho da puta" shouting madman if the referee decides unfavourably for their team. Despite the 100.000 people capacity you could see the game really well and the fans put up a huge display with fireworks and massive flags. Botafogo bulldozed Flamengo by 2-1.
BO! TA! Foooooooooogo Foooooooogo! BO! TA! Foooooooooogo Foooooooogo!
On my last day in Rio I finally did a flash tour of all the important landmarks.
Finally going up the mountain to see Christ (where you can see how close the forest actually is to Rio), took the `bonde` streetcar (called bonde because it was financed by bonds) up to the Santa Teresa neighbourhood and checked out the artsy shops and litle castle houses, saw the nice government buildings on Praca Lourencio (county hall and national library) and quickly bought some `Freefight` t-shirts at the Uruguaiana `Camelodromo` (street vendors are called camels).
Topped off a hectic day with a beer at the Urca waterfront. Speed and non stop background info courtesy of Eleen who can talk about Rio all day (and will).
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