Brazil: Day 4

Last day in Rio. Not sure I am sad about this. Have found it a hard city to get around without a car. I won’t stay here until I had a car.  

Got up very early today and went to the sugar loft. This is a massive mountain outside the city with great views. You can climb up it but with short on time and money, I decide to do the cable car. It rocked and was well worth money and saving of time. But I was really cutting it fine to get my flight to Salvador, so ended up getting an uber. It was extremely cheap and will be using uber in Brazil going forward, it rocks. 


In salador now. Not got a feel for the place yet, will keep you updated. 

Night, Jon 

Brazil: Day 3

After the long couple of days that I have had, decided to have lie in. Slept in 10 and didn’t get out of the hostel until 11. Today’s focus was getting to the Jardim bot√°nico gardens. This was a slow as it was a cross town. After taking a metro train and a 45 minute bus ride, the trip took over 2 hours in the heat. With such a long trip, I decided to treat myself to a burger in this hipster looking burger joint. I managed to order (some how) and waited for the food. It took 1 hour 30 minutes for my burger to come. It seems as if they were only making 8 burgers at a time and with a place full of punters look for food, it was slow going. 

The gradens were truly amazing. They have been around for over 100 years and have planet life from all over Brazil and the world. The planet life is so good in fact, many scientists use the planet life in there research. 


Getting home was long and I had interesting thing happen on the metro. A guarded dragged me out of my seat and pointed at a sign. It turns out in Brazil they have women only cars. I am not sure how I feel about this and what is says to the culture that a woman only car is still required in Rio in 2016. Seem very backwards to me. Not sure how they got the olyipics… 


Had a few drinks in the hostel bar. Ment some interesting people. I think I like the none English better, as they are friendly. They were some “gap year” girls there from England and they refused to be speak to me. To hell with my countryman, I had good time. 

Not to unreasonable late tonight, have to get a flight tomorrow. 

TTFN

Brazil: Day 2

Day 2 and today is the day to really get my head around the city. Yesterday I was pretty tired and didn’t really explore in any meaningfull way. Not having my head on straight didn’t help with that. Today is really time to explore. 

First things first however, I had a little bit of admin to catchup on, getting my phone sorted. Being in country for over a month, means not having a phone is really out of the question. Besides, as I am finding that not one understand English, having a phone to get directions and use google translate is a must have! So I went out to a SIM card. In the UK, this would have been the most simple task, with every news agents worth it’s salt selling sims. Not in Brazil. Because of some country law, all sims must be registered ( most likely to deal with crime ) and as an none Brazilian getting a sim (or chip) as they call them was interesting. I will not bored with the details but 2 hours, 5 Tim stored later, I managed to get a prepaid sim with data. 

Wanted to get the big guns out of the way first, I decided to go the Christ first. Looking at weather reports, it seemed like the best day to do in the time I was going to be there. However the weather was rubbish, with much of the Christ cover by cloud while we were there. The cloud cover also limited by view of the city. But it did mean I could get the most epic self ever. It was worth a look for sure. It the views of the city were amazing and the scale of the Christ was truly amazing. 
With little light left in the day, decided to have a walk a long the beach. Went home a different root and found these amazing red stairs, pictured below. I love that they did that work for something that seems to serve no other purpose than to look really cool. I think it speaks to the soul of Brazil that art and music are so important to them. 


Another long day with 26k worth of steps . Will sleep well again today. Night all

Brazil: Day 1

I landed into Brazil, into the world famous, Rio de Janeiro. The first thing to note about the airport I landed into was it was over and hour and a half by car from where I was staying. Rio is a massive city, but that being said, the airport really is in the middle of no where. It isn’t too painful to get into town with buses running every 10 minutes that will get you into the main city bus station. From the main city station you can get another bus nearer to where you are staying. For some reason when I landed and with no sleep on the flight, I decided to walk the 1.7 miles to the hostel. This may have been the stupidest thing I have ever done. It took me over an hour to walk in the heat and the walk wasn’t even useful, just horrible and by the time I got there I was completely wiped out. It didn’t help also that the hostel is on biggest hill I have ever walked up. Rio is built up over a series of hills and mountains. This means that many of the street is hard to walk up, as they are so steep. Getting to the hostel at around 7 in the morning, I couldn’t check in for another 7 hours, which meant I had a lot of time to kill. So I left the bag with the hostel and went for a walk. This is where I leant the true scale of the city, with small jumps on the map, ending up to be 45 minute walks. I walked aimlessly around the city for 7 hours, until I got back at 2. Once in the room I slept the sleep on the dead, waking 4 hours later.

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The hostel is nice and was visually very beautiful. Being a bit posh, went for a private room, that only worked out to me around ¬£10 a night more expensive a night which was worth for me. The hostel is the “cool” / “hippy” part of town. This means that it has a reputation about being a little Alternative. Lapas is cool and there are wonderful graffiti everywhere. However it does like most cool parts of town seem to be located next to the bad part of town. There are a couple side streets that looked a bit tastey and I have already noted which ones to avoid.

It was a long old day, now time to sleep! Night folks.