16 March 09
Beautiful Buzios! That is where we are at the moment! Still in Brazil, of course, but some 2 hours north of Rio (well, it took us 2 hours and 45 minutes by bus - but it was a slow bus). It is a gorgeous little beach town which is now known as the St Tropez of Brazil. In fact, it used to be a sleepy little fishing village until it was 'discovered' by Briggite Bardot many years ago…
We said goodbye to Rio (for now) on Saturday night in fine G&T form, with a big night out with our Irish friend, Patrick (no kidding) whom we met during our trip to the football stadium, Macarana. After drinking some potent Capirinhas, we stumbled to a small hostel bar called Barcode which sold nasty $3.50 Margaritas and even cheaper shots (EVEN NASTIER) and took off from there! My oath-to-self was broken and I was once again on the verge of a Buenos Aires experience revival…
However, our Saturday begun wonderfully as we spent time trying to organise bus tickets and accommodation in Buzios. Then, after some more time at Ipanema Beach and a coconut or two (sooo delicious on the beach!) we spent the afternoon strolling around Copacabana Beach. It is still very lovely, although it is surrounded by high-rise apartments and the beach is not very wide (i.e. Ipanema wins, hands down).
So, what began as a splendid day, soon turned into one of those boozy nights which have you questioning, "what the hell was I thinking…again?!". Nonetheless, we had a great time with Paddy and after taking a taxi back to our hostel, but stupidly not having enough money (the taxi driver was really sweet and let it slide, although it only ended up being 20c or so, so no harm done!) we crawled into bed and fell asleep…at least I THINK I did, because I later woke up on the sofa in our communal lounge room…hmmm…I think I took a wrong turn out of the bathroom whilst half asleep (nothing to do with the booze of course!) and ended up, well, not in my room! Hahaha My eye mask made it with me though…weird.
The next morning, severely hung-over and tired we stumbled around Rio (with our backpacks of course) trying to find a bus to take us to the bus station, so we could then catch another bus to take us to Buzios. I was not looking forward to this. We did surprisingly well, however, and made perfect time, running into the station at 10am, with the next bus leaving for Buzios at 10.15am - scored! We soon curled up in our seats and wished the next 2 or so hours away until we were in our air-conditioned room in Buzios…
The hostel, called Nomad Buzios Seashore Hostel is the BEST place we have stayed so far. It only opened in January this year and so is brand-new! The hostel is actually situated ON the beach and we have ocean views from our window…Ahhh… Plus, the air-conditioning is a plus (but Tim can tell you all about that - haha - he didn't stop thinking about the fact the room was air-conditioned the entire day before and bus trip. It's what got him through trudging around Rio. We all know about Tim and his sweats…poor dear xx no chaffing to report as yet, so HOORAY! for that)
As I said above, Buzios is a stunning little town which is on a peninsula and surrounded by about 20 or so different beaches (or praias). We hired a buggy (I like to call it 'our little red dune buggy') today and drove around the various beaches - amazing. They are filled with people sitting under umbrellas and drinking out of coconuts and lathering themselves in lotion… Every woman in her teeny-weeny bikini of course (and every man in his undies).
We are absolutely loving it here and wish we could stay longer. In truth, it is a bit more expensive than what we had hoped, but it is THAT fantastic here, that it is worth it! Luckily, we stumbled across a little restaurant which serves a buffet for 10 reais, which is about $7.50 back home, full of salads, fruits, beans, etc. (meat is extra - 2.99 reais per 100 grams). Our craving for nutrients has been satisfied!
I'm sorry I've been slack in getting photos on to Facebook - will do so soon!!
Miss you all! X.
P.S. Dilli and Bek - I took you to the beach today J