Oh, you’re still here? Great, in case you were worried that we just stayed in Brazil after the last post, we didn’t. Though another week or two would have been a very welcome alternative to returning to work. Our last day in Rio was a quick one, but fruitful nonetheless. We had a 4:30 pm flight from Rio to Sao Paulo where we would catch the overnight direct flight home. This left us with about half a day to spend in Rio.
Sometimes the strangest things become tourist attractions. If you asked me whether I would like to visit a poor neighbourhood controlled by drug lords in the US, I would call you crazy. However, put that neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro, call it a favela and suddenly I’m in. So, for our second day in Rio, that’s just what we did. Continue reading ““Take all the pictures you want, except of the drug dealers.””
Our first day in Rio de Janeiro started with a predawn trek through Paraty to catch the bus. Fortunately, we had picked up the tickets the day before so it wasn’t a problem when the ticket booth for the bus company wasn’t open. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, sitting at a bus station at 5:00am before dawn means keeping an eye on some suspect looking individuals. Of course, it was 5:00am and I hadn’t had a shower or any coffee, so it’s entirely possible others were keeping an eye on me.
After a very scenic tour along Costa Verde, our bus worked it’s way into downtown Rio. All the while we kept an eye out for what is probably Rio’s best known attraction, the Cristo Redentor statue (Christ the Redeemer), which overlooks the city from high on Corcovado mountain. Do you know what went through my head upon first seeing this world-famous site on the horizon? Continue reading “Christ, smaller in person than you would think.”