We made it. Bom Dia Brazil.

24 Mar

We made it. After a 16 hour plane ride and a 2 hour bus ride, I was finally able to lie down in bed and appreciate the start of this trip. It was mostly uneventful.

The most exciting thing that happened was the bus ride into town. We don’t speak Portuguese so asking where the bus stop is was already an adventure. We had to wait for 30 mins and when it arrived, it was already 3/4 full. The dispatcher told us there was only 1 seat left so we need to wait for the next one. I argued (in a nice way) that we were actually there first but just didn’t know that we had to fall in line. After a few cute smiles and making paawa, even asking if Greg can sit on the floor, he finally allowed us to board but warned us that we would be standing. ‘Sus, yun lang pala, so go na! Instead of standing on the curb waiting for the next bus to arrive.

Rio bus drivers are Crazy, with a capital C. Good thing we are used to roughing it so we sort of knew how to “balance”.

Also, once we were in the city, the traffic was bad. Like Manila bad. It took us 2 hours to reach Ipanema from the airport when it wouls have only taken 45 minutes with a cab. Well, you get what you paid for. It also didn’t help that like in the Philippines, one can ask the driver to stop anytime, anywhere. And like in the Philippines, people would ask to get off every 5 meters or so. Nakakaloka siya.

Then there was the mad dash between the bus stop and the hotel. Okay, it was just 1 block from the beach, but this is Rio. Everyone has warned us about Rio. A friend’s friend was threatened with a machete just for a necklace. Enough said.

But here I am, in bed, blogging. We arrived safe and sound. Thank you!

So now my head is spinning. I guess it’s a sign that I need to sleep now. We have a long and early day tomorrow. We need to get out tickets for Ouro Preto. Then we might do the Sugar Loaf and of course the beaches.

I hope tomorrow will be another safe and fun-filled day.

Good night Brasil!

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