At the Copacabaaaaaa-naaaa. music and passion were always the fashion!!!
Well, we were back. Same hotel, same city, same fantastic beach. Anisha left Sharan and myself Thursday but we crammed all the beach time in that was possible. Sharan and Anisha got Henna done, shopped for multiple pairs of Havaianas....i couldn't find a pair that i really wanted...on the beach we ate grilled mozzarella and i had a beer or two, made friends with an ice cream man who always laughed because i was asleep when he went by.....i was sunbathing!!! :)
Did i mention we didn't make sugarloaf cos it was the week they were updating all the cable cars!?!?!
Friday night, Sharan and i made it to Lapa, THE going out district in Rio - thanks to the recommendation from our hotel receptionist. Bar 40 degrees was happening, there was live music, pool tables, a club and lots of drinks which you got put on a ticket and paid for upon your exiting the establishment. Good system, i say.
Our last day was much like the ones before it, there was a trip to the beach, naturally. this time we didn't have a room to clean up in so we used the shower facilities next to the beach....cold water, hmmmm. Sharan had to use the men's shower so the lady cordoned of the toilets for this, much to the distress of some potential customers!
We had dinner in our local restaurant, with more garlic bread because it was so nice, and then taxi'd to the airport - the ride was very exciting, weaving in and out of traffic at high speed. So much for the relaxing day.
Made the airport, no worries checking in - browsed the few shops they had there, got on the plane....found there weren't any good films to watch so i watched 1 ep of Flight of the Conchords then slept. When i woke up we were nearly back in Blighty.
Sharan and i shook hands as we departed for our separate families - a journey well made. We walked, that's what we did - we ticked off the miles, with style :)
Pa picked me up on what turned out to be the hottest day of the year so far - shame the car's air con was out, a shame the travelling had come to an end.
There really is no place like home. What did i miss the most? My family. I was surprised to find i could go without all my usual luxuries, no worries. I have a new perspective on these things now....i wonder if it will last?
7.5 months, 16 countries, 1 minor injury, 1 bout of food poisoning, 1 mobile phone, half a pair of trousers, 1 pair of flip flops, multiple brands of beer and all my money.....i would do it all again in a heartbeat.