Monday, June 13, 2011
Brazil to Argentina
We left Manaus on a midnight flight to Rio De Janeiro. This may have been our most uncomfortable travel to date. Also when we arrived at our hostel we were five hours early to check in so the morning consisted of naps on the couch and reading an entire book. We went to Cristo Redentor or the Christ Redeemer one afternoon. It was chilly but well worth it. It is more massive than we could have imagined. People were laying on the ground to capture the entire statue in their photos. Lucky for us Lindsay´s camera could capture us, the statue and half the sky. Our hostel was next to a hospital which put us at ease a little. However, we noticed ambulance drivers smoking in the vehicles while driving. Not sure how sanitary that is. Another odd thing we noticed was Coke Zero was available but way more expensive than regular coke or beer for that matter. We loved the buffet style restaurants. Some were all you can eat while some you would weigh your plate and pay that way. After the Copacabana beach in Rio, we headed to Sau Paulo for a couple days. Our first night, we met up with Lindsay´s friend Isaac, his girlfriend, Manuela and friend, Lena. We ate, we drank and went home far too late. The next day was rough for us but we ventured to UTattoo to get Megan´s first ink of the travel. The next day we took an overnight bus to Iguazu Falls on the border of Argentina. The waterfalls were massive and there were multiple look out points all of which looked different. We also were able to walk out onto a catwalk-like path into the falls. It was quite an experience. That same day we took another overnight bus to Buenos Aires, Argentina where we were definitely looking forward to some consistency. We rented an apartment for the entire week. We went to our first club of the trip on Wednesday. This was a four-floor nightclub and needless to say we were quite popular. The rest of the week was quite uneventful but relaxing. At the bus station to go to Mendoza, we sat at a cafe for eight hours. While sitting there a man came up to Lindsay to ask how tall she was. Her response was `you should see my dad`, his response was `he must be strong`. This overnight bus was amazing. Leather seats that lay all the way down, individual TVs, as well as free food and drinks. We´ve arrived at our hostel in Mendoza where we will spend three nights. We are looking forward to the half day or full day wine tour.