The people here are so helpful and nice. You ask and they take time to find answers. Even when I was getting on the bus there and my huge backpack wouldn't fit through the revolving door, one woman helped me take it over, another carried it and another took my other bag. I will be surprised if I am faced with any crime but I still stay alert. I don't feel like I am being conned a lot which I did in Argentina.
So yesterday, I probably don't need to say much with the hundreds of pictures I put on Facebook but I spent the day exploring - the highs and the lows of Rio. We went to Carvacado (Chist the Redemmer) and it was a 2.5 hour wait for the train up but as much as I wanted to cram in some more sights at this time, the French man I was travelling with didn't seem as keen. I just had to turn my pacing off and enjoy being around the sight.
Finally, we got the train and to the top. Woah. Amazing views. Again I will let the photos talk.
Then afterwards, I waited on Stefano to pick out a statue for his family and my goodness he shopped like a woman. Enough time for me to get a ice cream and ask about ten people about buses and also twiddle my thumbs. I started to think he had been kidnapped or ran away from me but when I walked to the shop I saw he was still pondering over what Christ to buy haha.
We got the bus to Lapa which is supposed to be where the nightlife is but I was startled at the poverty here and could see why this is the place that many murders happen at night. I then went to find the famous stairs, 'escadaria seleron'. These 215 stairs are a dedication to Brazilian people and were so colourful. What a great time to go because the Pepsi commercial was being filmed and a brazillian woman in a feather head gear and little clothes was walking the stairs. At the top I was even happier to find very attractive guys playing football so I asked to join :) we were playing keepy ups and doing tricks and I was in my element. This went on for quite a while and I was getting quite the sweat up. The brazillian model then came up and was getting photos with us :) and then I decided to get a photo with the guys too. Little did I know when I added one to Facebook that they are actually actors here. My claim to game :)
We then stopped for a well deserved acai :) so refreshing. We then found Santa Theresa area. As we were walking, Stefano and I were talking about kids in care and children who come from chaotic background and how residential places can teach a new way of living when we came across two girls waiting on stairs. One was from Newcastle and the other was French! Yes! I moved Stefano to speak to the French girl so he could have a rest of trying to speak English and for me to talk to someone that I didn't have to slow down so much. Awh a little breath of fresh air haha. We then wandered around Santa Theresa area with many spectacular views. Although a rich area in parts, I was still wary as the two girls said their house had been robbed.
We walked so much to find our way, even as the sun set and we finally got to the bus terminal which was right were we had gotten bus from the Christ Redeemer.
Another acai stop and some pao de quijos to end the day. Lots of walking in the sunshine. Thanks Stefano. We both agreed a bom Dias.
Tracy Donachie, MSc in Performance Psychology.