A bit of an up-and-down night, as we were told that the pickup for the footy was 6.30pm when that was actually the kickoff. We happened to be walking back to the hostel when the bus was outside at 5pm, but unfortunately the two other guys we were going with were not back by then so they missed out. The atmosphere was superb with it being a derby match, however, there was wasn't too much to cheers about as it ended up 0-0. The standard was a bit disappointing, especially the quality of the final ball but there was moments of good skill to be seen. A great atmosphere and some cracking songs, but the night made me feel slightly better about the standard of Scottish football!
We had heavy rain the following day, which was good in the sense that it cleared the air as the humidity was getting a bit much. Had a bit of a nightmare though as we had a leak in the bathroom ceiling then one above our bed so we ended up having to move room in the middle of the night. No harm done though and am sure we will end up in worse situations. We decided to stay on for another night though so we could take a trip up to Christ the Redeemer (Christo Redemptor).
We did our own trip up to Christo with our Geordie friend, so that was great doing it at half the price and being able to spend as much time up there as we wanted. As most of you will know, neither of us are religious but Christo has a certain presence which is hard to describe. Definately worth a visit and the views over Rio are spectacular! It really gives you an appreciation of the actual size of Rio.
We are writting this as we are travelling to our next destination - Ilha Grande, about 3-4 hours from Rio. We have just drove past miles and miles of favelas, the Brazilian slums. We must have been driving past them on a main road for about 30-45 mins. I dont think anyone knows the actual population of Rio and after seeing this we can understand why. This was a real eye-opener as when around the city you only see areas of favelas up on the hills in-between the nicer areas. We are travelling here with our new friend Anders, a Danish graffiti artist. He has been doing work in the favelas but he has now taken a few days away from Rio as he was held up at gun point on two seperate occasions yesterday whilst trying to do his work. Luckily he has been working and travelling with locals who got him out of these situations safely. He said he was scared at the time but he is okay now. There are many organised tours through the favelas, but we chose not to do these as it didn't feel right to go and see people living in these conditions and after hearing Anders experience we think we made the right choice!