Noodles and Beef

Hotel Butts: Rio De Janeiro

Going from the lush, vibrant colours of outdoors to the gray interior of our hotel room was always jarring…just made me want to get back out and explore Brazil more.

More from the hotel butts series.

Oh. I forgot to upload a bunch of photos from my trip to Brazil.

Whelp.

Here’s the boat we took from island to island.

Até a próxima vez, Brasil!

I’ve been home for a week but have been so busy with work and wedding-related junk that I haven’t had a chance to write my farewell, Brazil post.  I’m usually better about chronicling this stuff in my journal.  Sigh.

As the sun set on our island adventure, we took a three-hour bus ride back to Rio, then caught an uber to the airport.  (Yes!  They have uber in Rio!  Amazing!)

Big pup and I spent a few hours in the airport reflecting on our trip.  We both love Brazil, or at least the tiny piece of Rio De Janeiro that we saw.  Though, once Carnival was over it was like we were visiting a completely different city.

I want to come back and see Brazil on an off-season.

That said, there was some unexpected culture shock with Brazil.

Culture shock #1: plastic in the paper

All disposable paper products seemed to be made of a blend of plastic.  Napkins, facial tissue, even toilet paper had this silky texture of plastic that repelled the very water and moisture I wanted this paper to absorb.  It was very annoying.  Our best guess is the blend keeps the paper from growing mold in such a high humidity environment?

Culture shock #2: order queuing

Except for sit-down restaurants, we always had to pay for our food first then take a receipt to another counter to place the order into a queue.  I wonder if you could pre-pay a bunch of orders and just bring tickets when you want to eat?

Culture shock #3: horrible coffee

Juice bar cafes on every corner and coffee was an unpleasant bitter experience. Starbucks was…well…starbucks, and that was a step-up.

Otherwise, I loved Brazil and can’t wait to come back.

Acai was cheaper than water in some places, public transit was amazing, and the beaches I visited were among the best in the world.

Até a próxima vez, Brasil!

I’ve been home for a week but have been so busy with work and wedding-related junk that I haven’t had a chance to write my farewell, Brazil post.  I’m usually better about chronicling this stuff in my journal.  Sigh.

As the sun set on our island adventure, we took a three-hour bus ride back to Rio, then caught an uber to the airport.  (Yes!  They have uber in Rio!  Amazing!)

Big pup and I spent a few hours in the airport reflecting on our trip.  We both love Brazil, or at least the tiny piece of Rio De Janeiro that we saw.  Though, once Carnival was over it was like we were visiting a completely different city.

I want to come back and see Brazil on an off-season.

That said, there was some unexpected culture shock with Brazil.

Culture shock #1: plastic in the paper

All disposable paper products seemed to be made of a blend of plastic.  Napkins, facial tissue, even toilet paper had this silky texture of plastic that repelled the very water and moisture I wanted this paper to absorb.  It was very annoying.  Our best guess is the blend keeps the paper from growing mold in such a high humidity environment?

Culture shock #2: order queuing

Except for sit-down restaurants, we always had to pay for our food first then take a receipt to another counter to place the order into a queue.  I wonder if you could pre-pay a bunch of orders and just bring tickets when you want to eat?

Culture shock #3: horrible coffee

Juice bar cafes on every corner and coffee was an unpleasant bitter experience. Starbucks was…well…starbucks, and that was a step-up.

Otherwise, I loved Brazil and can’t wait to come back.

Acai was cheaper than water in some places, public transit was amazing, and the beaches I visited were among the best in the world.

housebearsofusa-deactivated2016 asks:
Love your Brazil trip pics ;) Did you feel safe walking around there ? I heard its unsafe In areas and you cant walk alone at night :) Is that true ?

Thanks, glad you liked my vacation photos!

Brazil has a reputation for being an unsafe tourist destination.  I follow a handful of travel blogs–three of which were mugged during their trip to Brazil–so we were extra vigilant.  Left our extra cards/cash/ids in the hotel safe, kept belongings close, avoided dangerous places, etc…

We never experienced crime ourselves, but did witness it firsthand: While on Copacabana beach, someone came by and stole a bag from someone sunning in front of us.  Yikes.

The water was so nice, even big pup (who has an aversion to beaches) loved it.

Spent our last day in Brazil touring islands off the coast of Angra dos Reis.

This was paradise. Warm ocean water more blue and clear than the sky.  Sand that felt like velvet.  The air heavy with fragrant tropical flowers.

Incredible.

I wish I paid attention to the names of the islands…they’re some of the best beaches I’ve ever been to.

Okay, last hiking photos.

The journey to Christ the Redeemer was more exciting than the actual attraction.  He’s kind of a tourist trap.

We got there, paid entry and squeezed our way through hundreds of people doing the arms-outstretched pose for a selfie.  It was surreal.  I took this shot and we left. 3.5 hours to get there, 5 mins before going back.

The trail lets out with this gorgeous behind/below view of Christ the Redeemer.

We did it!  Phew, only 3.5 hours.

The trail lets out with this gorgeous behind/below view of Christ the Redeemer.

We did it!  Phew, only 3.5 hours.