We emailed our friends Paul and Ali recently to arrange to meet up. After our return to the UK we meant of course, but it turned out they were coming to Rio for a few days for a conference! It was lovely to meet up last night for a few drinks. Much as Val and I enjoy each other`s company, and we´ve had a drink or two with fellow travellers, it was great to see some familiar faces other than each other`s!
It was a brief stop in Rio for us, we flew in early afternoon, and left this morning. It was two months to the day since we flew in to Rio at the start of our trip. It feels like a lifetime ago, we`ve done a lot since then. We were at the Ibis – the same as any Ibis anywhere, a tiny room but nice, and the hotel is very well situated. Can`t actually see Copacabana beach, but it`s just two blocks away, and the metro is two minutes walk away (which could be useful when we return there next week).
Before I left, I told my colleagues that a picture of me on Copacabana beach would be just what they needed to cheer them up on a grim November day! The weather forecast for Dorking does indeed look pretty bleak. We wandered down to the beach and Val took a photo for you. It was late in the afternoon, soon after we checked in, so you are spared me in my speedos…
We had arranged a 6 night trip to Parati and Ilha Grande, south of Rio, before we left the UK. We were picked up by minibus at 10.30am, transferred to the bus station, and got to Parati at 4.30pm. It`s a nice old colonial town. The accommodation is not great to be honest, a pretty small double bed, a fan rather than aircon (it`s very warm here), and no sign of any hot water in the shower so far. No one speaks a word of English – we were expecting to do a couple of trips over the next two days, but they didn`t seem to know anything about it. We`ve e-mailed the company we booked with, they say they are sorting it, fingers crossed for our boat trip tomorrow.