Brazil

Copacabana beach, Rio de Janero Brazil

grey Copacabana beach, Rio de Janero Brazil

Copacabana beach, amazing. People here love soccer so much that they play a version of volleyball which follows soccer’s no hands rule. It is quite something to see. Half naked rollerbladers zoomed past as I wandered along. A few times I nearly fell off the footpath as I watched those soccer/volleyball people do their thing. Shame I was too scared to get out my camera, that dreadlocked character looks dangerous. Bikini girl doesn’t! I enjoyed watching sunburnt tourists stumble back to their hotels full of beer with their bazooka cameras waggling in front of robbers. Just behind Ipanema beach is a large favela. A favela is a slum area, most are run by drug cartels. I heard a few distant shots ring off in the distance as the police continue their battle against these powerful drug lords. A battle starting in February with 2600 highly trained police mobilized, 30 people dead so far.

 

Time to leave the beach. Still security conscious to the point of paranoia. I stood at the bus station clutching grey Copacabana beach, Rio de Janero Brazilmy wallet as the primary school flooded the street with hundreds of little robbers in training. I was starting to panic. I was a grown up in a sea of blue uniforms and nimble hands ready to grab my wallet. Just because they were all wearing neat uniforms and only come up to my belly button does not mean they don’t pose a security threat. Right?

 

I soon gave up on catching a bus. I had a hot date and needed to get back to my hotel quickly. Not wanting to miss my date I flagged down a taxi and jumped in looking at the driver. Have you seen the Green Mile? Well the black actor who played the guy on death row has given up acting and is now a taxi driver in Rio. This guy was massive. He looked like he had been genetically engineered to crush small cars. My man had his seat as far back as it went and still had to stoop down to see out of the window. He should buy a car with a sunroof and just look through it giraffe style. With memories of Huaraz fresh my hand was on the door handle the grey Copacabana beach, Rio de Janero Brazilwhole way ready to jump. I needn’t have worried as he got me back to my hotel in one piece in time for a shower before my date.

 

Bugger the internet keeps dropping out. This is going to make my date hard. Yup, my hot date was an online skype chat with Jette. I kept on dropping out throughout and was nearly going to throw me computer out the window. We managed to chat a bit which put a spring in my step before the internet dropped out altogether. My computer nearly went out the window at that stage. I needed cheering up. Pizza.

Christ the redeemer statue – Rio de janeiro Brazil

grey Christ the redeemer statue   Rio de janeiro Brazil
grey Christ the redeemer statue   Rio de janeiro Brazil

Christ the redeemer statue in Rio de janeiro Brazil stands almost 40 metres tall (39.6) and is made out of concrete and soapstone covered with thousands of tiles and stands. I was more interested in the hundreds of people jostling for place to take the obligatory photo arms outstretched. What is it with me? At the Louvre I was more interested in finding paintings which looked like friends, at Macchi Picchu I spent half an hour watching a rabbit. Here I am giggling at bazooka wielding Chinese doing what they do best. Maybe I suffer ADHD – Attention deficit holiday disorder. Well the statue was amazing, inspired and all that. The views were truly incredible from the top of the hill. Did I mention how funny the people were having their photos taken?

 

On the bus ride up I got chatting to Jane. We decided to share photo duty and help each other with photos, arm outstretched at the top. On the way down Jane mentioned that she is a designer for books and has worked for random house publishing. I have got her card safely in my wallet. Jane mentioned a monthly market which she was heading to, it was near my hotel so I decided to tag along. At the market we bumped our way through the crowds looking at stalls full of both tacky rubbish and amazing artworks. I clutched my bag the whole way.

grey Christ the redeemer statue   Rio de janeiro Brazil grey Christ the redeemer statue   Rio de janeiro Brazil For dinner tonight I had subway. Not traditional or exciting but close and safe. I scuttled down the hill like a rabbit and was back at my hotel in no time. Belly full, relaxed behind the razor wire fence and writing on my computer. I can hear a mad sunday session next door but am content with my quiet beer next to the pool.

 

Winding down, getting mentally prepared for home. Already starting to plan my next adventure….

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