Just thought we'd update you all on the happenings since last time. We went to the Maracana football stadium to see the final between Flamengo and Botafogo, which was pretty intense. Around 83,000 attendees, which was a site to see and hear - pictures to follow. We were chanting away cheering on both sides at one point.
The next day we were pretty lazy and went to the beach for a few hours where Smole opted to go and swim/drown in the sea after swallowing half the ocean! Then we went out for a boat party which took us round the bay while we all slowly got drunk and danced to some amazing tunes, including Guru Joe baby! Hawkins you know what I'm talking about! Smole also attempted to dance to Soulja Boy but struggled a bit as the stage space was fairly limited on the boat! He must have perfected the moves eventually as he was all over Juliana, who works at the hostel we're staying in. I've told him to try to wangle us some free/reduced rate accommodation but to no avail so far!
Woke up the next day at 13:00 with a headache I haven't felt since my last birthday - so it must have been a good night! It was torrential rain all day so we didnt miss out on much sight seeing. Instead we played poker and had to make our own chips from paper which took half the day in itself. After a swift recovery(ish!) we headed down to Copacabana and played a spot of beach football and showed those Brazilians how to really play! Those Thursday night football sessions back home still didn't seem to give me the desired effect, but I tried.
And that's your lot folks. Hope you are all well back home. Will update you again soon.