Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Hola South America!

So thats where we are now. Arrived into Chile and spent 5 jet-lagged days drinking and sleeping. It's great to be in hostels after all that van time and a really easy way to meet new amigos. Santiago is a perfect city to arrive into, very Spanish/European feel (with prices to match) and the streets are safe to walk even after dark.

Visited ther Mary sanctuary on a hill overlookng the city and also went snowboarding with a gang of ex US army guys, they were just back from Afghanistan so it was interesting to hear some of their stories. I (Sian) didnt take to the snowboard quite as easily as on the indoor slope and invented a new sport called culoboarding (culo is spanish for arse). Basically just sat in between the bindings of the snowboard and slid down the hill filling my face/back/legs with the foot of powder snow that fell that day. Dave was better on the board but he still feels the pain almost a week later!

Then onto Rio de Janeiro where we are at the moment. Filled with terror after reading our guidebook we scuttled from the airport ATM into the toilet and secreted money in various safe places... Its been 3 days now and starting to feel safe again as no muggings yet (famous last words).

"If you have the misfortune of being robbed, hand over the goods. Thieves are only too willing to use their weapons if given provocation." - Lonely Planet

Rio city is actually quite nice once you get into it. Easy to get around on the metro and almost every bus passes through the central part of town and gives a good cheap tour! The highlight so far was a trip by cable car up the Pao de A├žucar "Sugarloaf", a 400m granite lump beside the sea. We went up in the evening and got some amazing scenes of the city by night.

We've spent most of our days just walking around the city and taking in the sights. Visited the Campa de Santana today where Brazilian leaders declared independance from Portugal. Its filled with herds(?) of cats, geese and capybara living in ecological harmony together. They all seem very healthy and well fed, maybe they eat each other...?


Blogger Sue said...

Hello dudes!
Did you know that you can eat those capybara things!! Just bag a few and light the barbie and off you go with the free food.
Hasta la vista
Moomin mama

25 June 2008 21:48  
Blogger Susan said...

hi sian and dave,

enjoyed our chat the other evening. all s america tips welcome!! hope we will meet up in buenos aires in september. (dates to follow). enjoy!! susan

27 June 2008 23:40  

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