On Tuesday morning Kike took me to a park there in Santa Teresa, Parque das ruinas. Santa Teresa is the name of the neighborhood we are living in, and it’s located on a top of a hill. In the park there is a viewpoint there with a view over almost the whole city. Really cool.
I was expecting rain in the evening once again, but since the sky was really clear I took advantage of it and went to the Corcovado mountain, the highest in Rio with it’s 700 meters. It’s on that mountain top that one of the seven wonders of the world – Christ the Redeemer is located. I took the famous Corcovado train up (expensive 56 reails.. not so special…but ok) once up there, cooool. I was actually impacted by the statue of Jesus Christ.
It is considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world, with it’s 30 meters, not including the 8 meters pedestal. Just between the arms it is 28 meters wide.. and it weighs 635 tonnes!!
The view from up there is spectacular too. Since Rio have many mountains and hills there are many view points over the city, all with different perspective.
It’s quite difficult to get a good picture with Christo, there are so much people there on the platform and the statue is so high. And the people are really baaaad photographers too! Haha. I took a few pictures for them, and they are good. But when they take a picture of me, they always cut something of or get some head in the middle. So in the end, I took my own picture with timer, haha. I think it was a better result ;)
In the evening I hanged out at Kike and Vickys place, fixing a little with the computer. We were all three being nerds haha. But it’s needeable sometimes :)
Next day I got a message from the instructor I had been in contact with about doing Hang Gliding over Rio de Janeiro, he said “the weather conditions are really optimal for today, so I would recommend to hang glide today instead for tomorrow!”. Haha. So I did!
Hang gliding is a popular activity in Rio because of it’s geography, the steep mountains and the beaches provide perfect take-off locations and great landing zones.
My instructor showed me some pictures, one with Kurt Cobain. Apparently he was his instructor too and flew with him two times here in Rio, how cool is that?! :)
We went to Pedra Bonita where there is a take off-point. It wasn’t really much more then putting on a weird suit and then “just look at the horizon and run when I say to run, and never stop running” haha. Then, just like that, you were flying!
Soooo cool. I was really surprised (and a little bit sad) that I didn’t feel any adrenaline kick at all, it was just super calm and quiet with an amazing view, no problems talking up there at all. The flight was about 13 minutes total, and it actually does feel quite long.
It costed 250 reales to fly, and additional 100 reales for video and photo. But the instructor forgot to tell me about that, so I didn’t have enough money… and they gave it to me for 50. :)
From the Praia do Pepino in São Conrado I took the bus to Ipanema beach and met up with Kike. It was late afternoon and it was a very comfortable weather. We sat there and talked a few hours, then walked to Copacabana beach in the sunset, went to the handycraft market there and then found a place to eat some dinner before heading back home.
Next day I didn’t really have anything planned, so I went to the beach again. Kike said that Copacabana is more crowdy and more dangerous then Ipanema since sometimes people from the favelas around go there. Also, he said that I should find some tourists or a nice couple and ask them to watch my stuff if I go down to the beach to take a bath. And so I did. And guess what, they were Swedish!! Haha. So fun. So we hanged the whole day there in the sun, they were leaving at night so they were also enjoying the last sun before going back to the winter.
Ipanema during the day is… buff! Too loud. The Ipanema beach was selected the best city beach of the world by CNN… but yeah.. to me it was too loud. So much people walking around selling stuff, it’s nice that you really don’t need to leave your place and still can get food and drinks or jewelry or clothes, but it get’s really tirening to hear people scream what they are selling every two minutes, and some people even have a megaphone!
Anyhow. The sun was shining and the water was really cold, so I can’t complain too much when it’s winter storm in Sweden ;) And I enjoyed talking Linda and Johan (?), they were very funny and crazy haha.
Later I walked towards Copacabana and visited the rock between the beaches, a nice hang out in the city. I was about to go to a couchsurfing meeting, I was in the area, but I didn’t have the address, so I went back home instead (with the metro for the first time, which works really fine too!).. and phew! I’m so glad I did that, because about 1 minuted after I arrived inside, it started to rain SUPER heavily! Vicky came like 15 minutes after me and was soaking wet just by walking from the bus stop and home, a walk of 30 meters, haha.
Yesterday we were all sitting by our computers, and asking ourselves what we would do if we didn’t have computers. Today we got the answer, because the lights went out and so the did internet. Me and Vicky exchanged some handy craft, she gave me a pair of beautiful earrings she had made herself, and I gave her a bracelet I’ve made. Kike sang and played some music for us. So super nice and cozy evening too :)
My last day I spent shopping a little bit. First I did my first Brazilian wax in Brazil, hehe. You have to do it when you are in Brazil, right? :) It went super fine, didn’t hurt almost at all compared to the ones I’ve had in mexico, peru and argentina… here they are pro ;) And it was cheap too!!! 25 reales (in Jericoacoara they wanted 80 reales, so I didn’t do it there).
Then I had a lovely sandwish around the corner there, with cheese, banana and canela. LOVE!! Why don’t we have that kind of sandwish in Sweden?!?!
Then I walked towards Rua Buenos Aires where it’s filled with small stores. I was looking for a small Christ to add to my collection around my neck. After visiting many jewelry stores, I finally found the one I liked – and it was also the cheapest one. Never give up! ;)
I also visited an armador-store, where you can by stuff for bracelet making.. he he. Can’t help myself. I also bought some lace to organize Vickis ear rings, because she have them all in a box and barely uses them because it’s a mess. Also I found a nice world-map that I got for Kike. ;)
In the evening we went out to the local pub/restaurant here in Santa Teresa for a good bye dinner. We shared a big veggie pizza and some beers. :)
Actually, I feel that Rio is one of the safest big cities I’ve been in. There are many hobos here sleeping outside, but they are not dangerous. And if you don’t visit the favelas, then it’s no difference to walk around in Stockholm or Barcelona.
It’s a little sad that It’s time to leave.. Now that I know how to get around in the city and that I feel at home here. I have really enjoyed my stay here in Rio… there are many more things to do here too. But time’s up! :(