So they sat down and nobody spoke for some minutes. Alice thought to herself, ‘I don’t see how he can even finish, if he does’t begin.” But she waited patiently.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Prepare yourself for the most action packed blog of all time. I landed in Rio after a whirlwind trip through Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Galapagos, Bolivia, Chile and Easter Island. Exhausted. And tired of lugging my camera everywhere. So I jumped right into all that Rio had to offer. Brace yourself.
Day one- Copacabana Beach. I read one whole book laying on the beach. Tomorrow I would begin the adventure.
Day Two- Ipanema Beach. Where I read another book on the beach and sitting by my hotel pool. Tomorrow I would begin the adventure.
Day Three- I finally muscled myself out of my swimsuit and made my way to the Christ the Redeemer Statue. I booked a tour because, let’s be honest, I had reached full on sloth mode and couldn’t be bothered to find my own way. It was a genius idea as myself and the only other person on the tour were the very first people at the statue, providing a rare photo absent of all other people. From atop the statue’s platform, we were able to overlook Rio and see the beautiful bay, one of the seven natural wonders of the world (well deserved) and the favelas, the poorer parts of town. I learned that Rio is obsessed with Michael Jackson and the work he did to highlight the neglect of the people of the favelas.
After Christ the Redeemer, we made our way to Sugar Loaf Mountain to ride up the Sky Road, built by one of the many coffee barons. Turns out these barons did quite a bit to develop Rio in its early days, including building this “sky road”, creating a cinema town and roller coasters. Not what one might call humanitarian work, but it certainly brought fun to Rio early on.
I can’t say that I came close to embracing all that Rio has to offer but exhaustion prevailed and the enticement of the beaches was too much to resist.
Off to Cuba. Where the adventure begins tomorrow.