Boa Noite Rio!!
Well the time has come to pack up our little lives and don our backpacks once more (im crying inside!) its goodbye Rio and Hello Vitoria (an area slightly north, off the beaten track) We cant find much written about the place and havent encountered any travellers that have visited (which could be a blessing or could be our nightmare! im hoping and guessing it will be wonderful if not for the experiance but for our portuguese!)
We are off to Vitoria to meet Neia and her amazing family. Those of you who know Neia will know my excitment right about now!!!! we have, after much agro, stomping of feet and injury (thats another story completely, dubbed ´Rio de Hoplessness!´ fill you in on our return!) managed to get our Brazilian sim card working and have spoken to a very excited, slightly Banshee like Neia, who likes to fill the entirety of our expensive phone conversations, cooing, Beijos´´ Beijos which means in English, kisses! ´....anyway Neia is a Brazillian amongst a few others that is very special to myself and ol´ Kezzer and worked for us a few years back, she left promising to return to the uK but hasnt as yet so it would be rude not to pop in and say ´´oi´´.
We booked our overnight coach journey today, passing two little lads no older than 14 sleeping rough by the rodavirio. It really shocked me, although we can very clearly see the huge divide in society by just walking down the street (either you are a Brazillian with lots of money or a Brazillian with nothing at all) it still was very shocking. :( so.....we leave at around midnight and will arrive at 7.30am in the hope that Neia has understood, she will meet us off the coach at the other end. but before we leave just time to fill you in on the last couple of days worth of fun in Rio......
We visited Christ the Reedemer the other day and after a hairy bus route round and up the winding mountain roads we arrived at our first view point, walking past monkeys and spotting buzzards above we got our first glimpse of Rio from above, the view was imense, photos dont even do it justice, its got to be the most amazing, breathtaking (and i write that word now actuyally knowing what it truly means!) experiance. Then we jumped back into the bus and headed up to see the big man himself, after getting an elevator up the last strech there he was in front of us, looking up and up some more and up again he stood beautifully and proud over looking Rio, amazing, cant fully describe seeing it in the flesh, the detail was imense, i found myself mesmorise by his hands and fingernails, the perfection was beautiful also knowing how proud the people of Rio, well the whole of Brazil are of it really meant alot.
We have changed hostel and area 3 times since being here, after plucking up the courage to imerse ourselves fully into the backpackers lifestyle we opted for a 6 bed dorm, occupied only by the four of us (our lovely nothern friends Jen and Steve) in Botofogo, whilst we found an excellent and CHEAP noodle bar we also found a room with no windows and a foot of floor space slightly claustrophobic so promptly left the next morning. Then we moved onto Copacabana Él Misti´hostel..... wait for it ...... 10, yes 10 bed dorms. we were split up from our travel buddies (only by a wall) and experianced the world of travel properly!! so no longer novices and ready to take on the world we now know how to cacoon ourselfs into a single bottom bunk dorm, whilst dryimg our towels at the same time and laying our stuff out on the top bunk for ease of getting ready of a day! honestly we have got this travelling malarky down!!
We had a lucky escape by moving hostels in fact, the first hostel we were at had the tram that ran right outside up into santa teresa, it derailed yesturday killing 5 and seriously injuring 27. its a very rare accident however we jumped on it everyday whilst at the hostel, so someone is definatly looking out for us, perhaps it was the visit to Christ, good it bloody cost enough!! very sad though we are waiting to hear still from friends still at the hostel so checking emails and news regularly.
Aside from this The experiances we are having are unreal and the people we are meeting are awsome, i almost forgot how travellers find this ability to be creative and survive, it really is amazing some of the things you do or think of in order to get by or perhaps make that real strech a bit further, also i nearly forgot the amzing accepting community you enter once donning a backpack, everyone looks out for one another and you are never ever alone, everytime i lose Dean i often come across him having a little chat with a new friend either, german, portuguese, irish or english and it makes me smile, this lifestyle suits him very well!! and i also love the fact travellers dont do names, there are simply too many so its ´will irish be joining us tonight?´or ´wheres duechland?´very amusing.
anyway we have a whole night of core stability work out to endure (bus journeys here are slightly mental) i wont say too much more or else we will probably worry the folks but spk soon you lovely lot ... ps leave a message on the board, We love love love reading them!! xxx oh and the next blog will be from Dean, im still working on it but i will win!! xx pss sorry about spellings and general grammar!!! xx