The girls had left us, we were at the airport broke as motherf***ers. It took us two hours to realise we were waiting at the wrong bus stop, eventually we got back after four hours. First things first as I said we have limited cash and no hostel. Everywhere we found on the net was booked or out of our price range. We eventually found somewhere so I had to pick my bag up from the hotel and mission down the beach front with all my gear. Let's just say we didn't find the hostel easily, eventually we found it and checked in, back to reality a sweaty four man dorm that stank, a million miles away from what we had just started getting used to.
Morning came and we were mopping about we decided to get out and mission all the way down Ipanena beach still feeling sorry for ourselves. The only food we could afford was a crusty egg sandwich from a grime whole. On the way back we decided to cheer ourselves up and get crashed in the waves, this worked a treat, one smash of a wave and life was good again we were in rio and the weather was fantastic! Later on in the day I spoke to my mom and she took putty on me and provided the funds for the football the following day, buzzing!
The day of the footie. We were getting picked up at four so there was plenty of time to get crashed. Game time came and it seemed to take forever to get to the ground in the rio traffic. We finally made, stopped off for a couple of beers in the street then on to the ground. As always there is a stupid yank at the football who bought a stupid hat, standard behaviour.
I don't no why we stopped for a beet because by the time we got there the game had kicked off. Two time world player of the year Ronaldhino was playing they also had Vanger Love who I had seen before tear up Villa playing for CSKA Moscow and Kleberson who played for Man Utd. The first half was uneventful Ronaldhino had two free kicks down our end that I filmed but both went wide, we was looking disinterested and the fans started getting on his back.
Half time came and we saw a Brazilian UFC fighter that was getting alot of attention. Second half the Love scored and the opposition we dreadful they had a man sent off which didn't help. The fans were decent there were about 30,000 at the ground. The game ended 1 - 0 and that was that!
Friday pay day boom! We booked the favela tour and the favela funk party for the weekend with the same company that took us to the game. We spent the day at the beach and went for a run getting into the rio way of life.
Saturday and we were ready for the favela tour. We got picked up and taken to the bottom of the favela, we made our way up on the back of a motorbike which was sick. Our tour guide wax cool and it felt safe, we were taken to the top of a school for sick pictures. While up there you got a real sense of the contrast in living in rio. We were smack bang in one of the biggest favelas and just outside of that was a massive brand new expensive apparently block. Anyway the guy told us some interesting stuff about how the favela had been cleaned up it was mostly drug and firearm free. He told us that not to long ago the police had found a rocket launcher in someones shack. He were taken to am art gallery the lads that worked there had some good stuff bit we were poor and the likely hood of getting it back in one piece was slim so we didn't get anything.
We were taken around saw alot of locals some friendly some bot we stopped of at a local bakery and bought a band off a street vender. The guide had organised a samba show which was cool we made our contribution and carried on with the tour. Walking round we were shown a lot of buildings and I have no idea how they stay standing most of them have bullet wholes. The tour took us back down to the street we saw some seriously armed police and that was it out favela experience well for today anyway.
We got back to the beach, and I was in the running flow running down the beach in rio is easy days because there's so much going on. I managed to smash out an 8 miler but f***ed up and ended up at the wrong end of the beach and took me ages to get back.
It was Saturday night so we felt like pussys staying in so he fit a few bars, the first one was defiantly a gay bar, the drag queens gave it away. We found another cool bar overbite road ran by some guy from LA who gave is free shots so we liked him and that was the night!
Feeling a little worse for wear we had till 7 to feel fresh for the favela funk party. When we first walked on it looked well moody we were shepherded upstairs looking over the dance floor. After a while people started to mix with the locals on the dance floor. They were all sound a group of lads had there own cool box on the dance floor and kept handing us free beers. All in all it was a cool experience that we couldn't do anywhere else in the world.
Monday came around and we were meant to be checking out and making our way to Sao Paulo but he really didn't want to. We had noticed that knowone at the hostel was asking us why we hadn't left so we spent the day avoiding them and managed to get a free night. Morning came although we went suppose to be there we still mashed the free breakie then made our exit.