Vern: We arrived safe and sound in Rio and after an uneventful flight and an hour long immigration queue, the airport bus driver was determined to give us a little taste of buses to come. He ignored all 'Pare' signs and read the maps which tourists handed him while driving at full speed.
We slept in a six bed dorm in a clean, professional hostel in Ipanema. Today it is 25 degrees, but unfortunately we brought the clouds and sporadic rain with us. Unperturbed, we walked the strip to Copacabana watching tourists trying to make the best of the weather and surfers tearing up some great waves.
Tomorrow we move to a hotel in downtown and the race is on to get some Sambodromo tickets to see the costumes and floats in the Carnival Parade.