20 March 09
We are back in Rio! Still missing Buzios, however...
We arrived back yesterday afternoon...thankfully, the sun was shining.
Our new hostel, Casa6Ipanema, is hilarious. Well, not the hostel, but our dorm (figured we'd save some money) in which we have a 3-storey bunk! haha I have the top...the tallest I have felt in ages and pretty funny to see my try to climb up there. I cant actually sit up in bed, because I'll hit my head (which I did this morning!) so you can imagine how high it must be!
Mind you, its a very nice hostel, with great kitchen and TV room...nothing to complain about. We even made scrambled eggs for brekkie - for FREE! LOL
Today's adventure was overwhelming...We finally made it to the top of Corcovado for an up-close experience with Christo Redentor himself (i.e. Christ the Redeemer) who can be seen looking over Rio. And how amazing it really was!
The bus ride to Corcovado took us about an hour (the local bus too - we are becoming such good travellers. No taxis for us!). Then, we waited another 40 mins for the next train, which then took us up the mountain - about 10-15 mins. After some final stairs and shoving through crowds, there it was! The statue rises about 13-storeys and WOW! Once I was standing under it, I couldnt actually believe I was here, in Rio, witnessing this myself. It was very similar to my Eiffel Tower experience...haha...after years of seeing spectacular things, places, etc it gets a little overwhelming actually being there in person. There was a slight glaze to the eyes, but this was simply my showing of appreciation to this breath-taking monument (mum - do you remember the glisten in my eyes in Paris?? Im a sook!)
Anyhow, I was even more impressed to learn Christo was built by a Polish man (French/Polish actually, but we'll claim him!) and took some 10 years to build. Ah, good on the Polaks!
Over lunch this afternoon (which ended up being at 4pm, since we got off the bus WAY to early and had to walk a fair while), Tim and I reminisced about our time in Brazil. We cant believe it has come to an end...
We are yet to buy some Havainas...there are shops on every corner!! But hopefully we will buy some tonight...
Tim has just awoken from his siesta and I think is in need of some beers...I might join him.
Chile tomorrow......the adventure continues!!!