Hi, sorry for the delay in writing-been very busy.
Last day in Sao Paulo we were proper tourists-climbed a building based on the Empire State building giving 360 views of the city-its vast. They have simply built skyscrapers until they ran out of land. We didnt really like the city generally and had a disastrous night trying to find somewhere to go out-somehow missed everything and wandered the streets for hours!
Then moved on to Trindade after an easy 6hour bus journey. This area is meant to have some of the best beaches in Brazil. Our hostel was great and the atmosphere was really nice and chilled. Our 3 days there were spent visiting natural pools, the river surrounded by jungle with freshwater pools to laze in and natural slides from the rocks! On our last day we watched the sunrise over the bay and then took a boat trip with others from our hostel to various beaches and sights. It was incredible-we swam in natural rock pools on the headland which was basically the ultimate infinity pool-J you would have been so jealous! The water was amazing! Rhys did a few rock jumps, and we ended at a small fishing village called Ponta Negra which is completly self sufficient and has no electricity. The bar there cooked us an amazing traditional meal of fresh fish, beans, rice and veg. Incredible-loads of food and only cost about 4quid!
We then went up to Paraty an old colonial town. The buildings were beautiful, and we were looking forward to going and seeing some of their pre-carnival shows but there was an amazing storm and the whole town lost power, so our entire hostel sat in the common room and all chatted whilst having a few beers by candlelight it was really nice!The couple that we were staying with in Sao Paulo were also at this hostel so it was nice to see some familiar faces.
The next day we caught a ferry over to Ilha Grande-we didnt get to see that much of the island unfortunately as we only had one night there but we still saw some pretty amazing beaches (although the ones we saw on the boat trip had set the bar really high!) As we were waiting for the boat to take us to the mainland we saw a familiar face of a boy who did geography at uni with Rhys (for those of you who know it was Simmo) which was nice and bizarre-we then had the most haphazrd boat journey imagineable with the boat breaking down twice before we all had to do a mid-sea leap on to the new boat they sent us-at which point our old boat almost drove off with everybodys bags! A pretty terrifying drive through the streets of Rio followed in order to get a couple who were on the boat to the airport in time for their plane.
We have been in our hostel in Rio for a few nights now-everyone is lovely and the atmosphere is electric. But there will be a proper update for Carnival once we leave to give it the proper attention it deserves!
Just off to Ipanema beach now (Brazi~s in the middle of a heat wave-about 37degrees) not envious of more snow-and sorry to say we dont miss home yet though we do send lots of love to everybody!
lots of love, hannah and rhys xxxx