Day Four (7th Sept)

8 09 2010

Had a busy day today – this is something we can’t seem to get our heads around… We are away for a year; we can’t keep the pace of a one week holiday going all year!

The 7th of September is Brazilian Independence Day, when they gained independence from the Portuguese, back in 1822. We went down to Avenue Presidente Vargas to see the marching bands, soldiers, veterans, tanks, jeeps, helicopters & planes… literally everything the army, navy and air force had to offer.

In the afternoon we went up Sugar Loaf (Pao de Acucar) for great views over Rio – the photos are never going to do it justice. So all we can say is… you’ll have to come see it for yourself! J As we mentioned before the weather hasn’t been great so it was a little cloudy up there.

Does anyone know if Felipe Massa was in Rio this week?!? We are not sure if he was eating at a restaurant we went to last night in Ipanema… Oh, talking about racing car drivers, the bus drivers here are insane. They’re the fastest things on the road, weaving through lanes of traffic, cutting cars and lorries up, bouncing around on the uneven roads. The bus drivers are the scariest things in Rio – we were bricking it all the way home!




2 responses

8 09 2010

The bus drivers sound similar to the ones I came across in Vietnam. Is it down to some form of bonus scheme?

9 09 2010

I don’t know what the motivation is to drive that fast, but I just pay my fair and find a seat a quick as I can…

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