Ah Rio, beautiful Rio...
Rio de Janeiro Travel Blog› entry 6 of 45 › view all entries
April 22nd, 2010 – by: debsadams1979
The weather was so much better than the last time I was there, I thought I was going to cook in the heat waiting for the bus to Ipanema and I almost wimped out and paid for a cab but for once my patience prevailed.
I arrived at the hostel to be greeted by the most miserable receptionist ever who then even denied that the guys were there, only for Jon to come downstairs to chivalrously help me with my bags! It was great to see all of them again and after welcoming hugs from them all we hit Ipanema beach for the rest of the afternoon.
It was a relief to finally be able to chillout on one of the worlds most famous beaches and bask in the Rio sunshine. I love people watching at the best of times but this has to be one of the coolest and most beautiful places I've been able to do it so far; then there's the random pedlars on the beach selling everything from Sarongs, jewellery and food through to whatever talent they're trying to amaze you with (and get you to part with your cash for).
As the sun went down it was time to hit a few bars on the way back to the hostel, watch a bit of the footy and for the guys to demonstrate their darts skills.
Dinner was at one of the boys usual haunts and soon descended into playing with our food (see Flickr for kebab skewer duelling) and drinking games, let's just say there was plenty of mileage in the star jumps forefit and much amusement! We cruised the bars in Ipanema for the rest of the night and the Caipiranhas and cervezas kept flowing, the guys asked i was ok on more than one occassion as they said I looked a bit away with the fairies, I certaintly didn't feel too hot the next morning that's for sure.
After hanging out with Jon & Mark till their cab left I then picked up a cab of my own to go visit Christo Redentor as the tram was still out of order and the best way to get up there was to negotiate with a taxi driver to take you to the top and get him to wait around till you were done.
After a speedier trip back down I met Gareth on Ipanema beach where the clouds had rolled in and I found him near shivering, at that point we decided a few drinks were in order to shelter from the weather.
Saturday Gareth was flying back home and I was heading by bus to Paraty, it had been such an amazing week with even more amazing people that I felt a little bit sad to be on my own again, but I guess you have to deal with that when travelling.
Next stop Pataty!
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