Turns out there is internet in Ilha Grande which is useful as I remembered I wanted to download my photos onto a CD before hitting Rio. We are now in Ilha Grande which is a beautiful island 200 miles south of Rio.
On Friday night we had another night out in Paraty and then we were meant to be leaving on Saturday morning at 10am but everyone couldnt really face getting a public/chicken bus 2 hours to Angra. So we all opted to pay a little extra for a private bus which would take us along the coast and also left a little later. I actually really appreciated the extra time we had as it meant I could walk around Paraty for a little bit. I walked along to the portside which was so beautiful I couldnt stop taking pictures mostly of the same thing as I couldnt believe how beautiful it was. It was also a really nice day so I was happily snapping away. I actually didnt really want to leave as I felt so at home in the town, it felt so much like Minori and I was so comfortable there. Also the sun made me want to stay and take a boat trip and finally work on the tan.
We left Paraty around 11am and caught a boat from Angra to Ilha Grande. Ilha Grande was much larger than I expected but I really should have got the hint from the name. Anyway the sun was shining and I was so happy to finally arrive somewhere with sun, sea and sand.
Yesterday we decided to go to Lopes Mendes Beach which has been voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The two options were a 2 and half hour hike there or taking a boat. I opted for the boat which I later found out from Liz was a sensible option as the other girls walked so quickly and she was absoutley exhausted. The only problem was that when we arrived the sun decided to go in and we couldnt really appreciate the beach in all its glory. I was bitterly disappointed but it was a beautiful beach.
Today we went on a boat trip round the island and the sun was shining so I was really happy. It was an all day boat trip which took us to some of the islands other beaches and to the lagoons. Some the girls went snorrkelling but due to difficulties with contact lenses I just oberved the fish by just swimming in the sea. I saw the most amazing star fish it was really incredible.
As I had a big lunch, I?m not going out for dinner this evening and my stomach is feeling a bit dodgy so am going to see how I feel, I might join the others for a coca light later but I think that will be it.
Tomorrow we are going to Rio which I?m so excited about if a bit nervous. Lucikly all the people in my group will be around for the days I am there so I will have people to go around with and I will just have to be sensible. I just can?t wait to get my dream picture of Christ the Redeemer - I have waited so long for that picture. So exciting!
Anyway, I will stop rambling,
Will write again in Rio,