Rio at last
26.10.2007 - 29.10.2007 34 °C
Our first few days have been nothing short of fantastic. As soon as we arrived at Mellow Yellow we knew we had made the right choice. 10 days here is going to set us up perfectly and it´s a kick in the arse from the beach so you can´t ask for better.
First up we had to go to the beach, it´s only natural after all. So a quick change and 10 mins later we are standing on Copacabana outside the world famous hotel. The sun is blazing hot, a far cry from Scotland a few days earlier. It´s a much much bigger beach than I had ever imagined. We walked up it for a good 90 odd mins taking in all before us. I think we were both in love with it instantly. The locals say God created the earth in 7 days, and on the 8th he created Rio. They might well be right.
We´ve met some nice people in the last few days too, but as you can imagine people are constantly coming and going in hostels so it´s quite hard to build up decent friendships early on.
The hostel seems to provide the best value tours around so we´ve booked a few up already. One day in and we visited the Maracana for Fluminense vs Atletico. It was a crying shame that he crowd was just under 20k but we got in amongst the drummers in the home section and that was an experience in itself. The match finished 1-1. Some silky stuff at times but the finishing would have made Darren Mackie blush.
We must have walked about 30 odd miles now checking out the city and it´s beaches, gardens and museums. The sun is beating down and all is well so far. Also noticed that the Cow´s that amused us in Edinburgh last summer are now in Rio so every now and again you find one hugging a street corner, 137 in total I think there are.
We´re off to Sugar Loaf and Cristo in the next few days, both of which look magical, and then there is the possibility of Flamengo vs Corinthians on Wednesday night. Mind you, the highlight on the horizon has to be the beach world cup which starts on Friday morning around the corner from here. 5am and into a queue for me so I can see Brazil vs Mexico, and it´s all free. Ideal for a penny pinching traveling Scotsman!