Gaz asked me to come up with a route so I gave him three options. Meandering around Uruguay, heading north to Iguazu and heading west to see the Andes and drink wine in Mendoza. Iguazu won out, because it not only involved the spectacular falls, and ticked the ‘go to Paraguay’ box Gaz had, but also passing through four countries and avoided most of the craziest Argentinian drivers. It also meant that I could get over to Montevideo to get my Rohloff package sorted out.
With a very set
On the way to taking HJ to the bus terminal on the Monday I had dropped my cycling trousers off at a little shop to get them sewed up. Being a couple of years old, the material was pretty worn out, and the knees in particular were beyond repair, but that didn’t matter. The problem was that there was also a hole appearing on the bum, and flashing people didn’t seem the best idea. She had told me to pick them up on the Tuesday before the Brazil v Germany game, but it was closed. I went
Wilson’s family lived on the outskirts of São Paulo and Hyeonjung, a Korean friend who I had met back during carnival in Salvador, was staying in the centre so I went there. As well as getting to hang out with her, it meant being much closer to the things I had to do in São Paulo, namely watch England v Uruguay, pick up my replacement hub, get said hub replaced and maybe fit in a bit of sightseeing.
The British Consulates here in Brazil hosted three events, one before each group game, which
This post is very image heavy cos Rio is just beautiful.
On my first day, I went out with Leo and Fabiana, my hosts, to go market hopping. We spent the whole day wandering around a few different markets, and it was so tiring. A couple of hours for me is good, the whole day… pushing it a little. They showed me a few different parts of the city, from Lapa, the bohemian neighbourhood, to Centro where some old buildings from the colonial times still remain. In the evening we went out to drink,
I stayed in a República in Ouro Preto, basically a shared house filled with university students. They were a fun mix of geeky guys who, as well as staying up until 4am playing computer games online, enjoyed partying on the weekends. I hung out with them, and of course also got to know the historical centre of Ouro Preto (Black Gold). There are a few quite spectacular churches, but they seemed to think that being a UNESCO site it was fair to charge $5 to enter each church, and still not let you