I arrived at Rio safe on 18th October. As I wrote before, the pick up driver didn’t show up at the meeting point, so I took a taxi to the hostel.
19th October 2016,
I couldn’t really sleep well, as I had some jet lags. Actually there are 12 hours difference in between Queensland Australia and Rio, so its completely opposite.
At 9am, I took a train to the place where I was supposed to meet my friend’s cousin. Ok, language problem. I didn’t know how to say “Single Ticket” in Portuguese, and the staff worked at the train station couldn’t understand English… I was struggling about it. Then, the kind guy showed up and helped me buying the ticket and going trough the gate. It was just 2 stops away from my hostel, but it was one of the big challenge in Brazil.
At 10am, I met my friend’s cousin who lives in Rio. And she prepared me a SIM card with Brazilian number on it and gave me a looooooot of ideas on where to explore in Rio. There information helped me a lot for experiencing Rio.
After we had a chat about 2 hours, I decided to go to the place called “Cristo Redentor Corcovado”. This is one of the famous places and must visit places in Rio I think. I was lucky, cuz in the morning, the weather was really bad, it was cloudy and a bit raining. However, it turned ok, became sunny. She told me that the weather in Rio is really easy to change. So if I wait a few hours, it might be different.
I met many friendly people on this day. Even though, I can’t speak Portuguese at all, but Brazilian people tried to help me a lot. Food in here is so nice, people are amazing, this city has a lot of energy and it creates a great atmosphere.
On this night at the hostel, there was a huge discussion going on.
“If you’re going to Iguazu water falls, you must see it from Brazilian side or Argentina side?” Ok the result was simple. Go both side. I changed my plan a bit and make it for visiting both side of the falls.
20th October 2016
My 3rd day in Brazil. Same thing happened as yesterday. The weather in the morning, it was totally bad, but in a few hours time, it became ok. So, I decided to go to sugar loaf mountain. I took a train to Botafogo station and walked 3o min to the cable car station. It was so humid and high temperature, I was almost dying ahaha anyway.
The view from top of the mountain was so awesome. It costed me a lot, but worth it.
After visiting the mountain, I took the taxi to one of the biggest favela in Rio. My friend’s cousin told me that there is a kind of entrance gate and I can catch the motorbike ride from there. I did it. The bike rider was crazy, it was too fast, so I had to hold the bike really hard… ahaha He took me to top of the hill and walked down all the way to the beach. It was something different from what I saw in Rio in these few days. I experienced something unforgettable in there.
Came back to hostel at 6pm. I had about 30min nap. Then my friends at the hostel invited me to for night club on that night. I was quite tired but I joined with them. We stayed there until 5am. It was a big night.
Continue to part 2……