Rio de Janeiro

Brazil budget

Ok, so I finally did a bit of math to have an estimate of my budget, and my spending… I decided I’ll post it here. It was really helpful for me to read on other blog how much they had spent, so I could have an indication of what I might need. I have calculated […]

Rio revisited

It’s time to have a look back at Rio, so here’s the best-of. I first wanted to do it on Brazil as a whole, but São Paulo and Rio are Janeiro are just too different to put together in one… If you have suggestions for other categories, shoot! Best part/scene/place: Ipanema. Somehow in Rio, but it […]

Switching to summer time

And while Europe preps itself to win an hour of sleep, but loose an hour of daylight in the process, and is heading into the dark ages… I just switched my clock to daylight savings time!! Beat that 😉   I figured out that I will be doing this all along this trip, as I […]

Last day at the beach

I had not given up hope yet to see Rio from above, the famous Cristo Retendor on top of Corcovado mountain, so I hopped on a bus, even though the statue was still hidden in the clouds. Once at the Cosmo Velho train station, I realized that the next available train was in 2h40. Ok, […]

Exhibition in the rain

I heard about a little art event at the Parque de Lage Art School that I had visited before, so I went again and had a second look at the exhibition. It was in the evening, with the Rio hip student crowd showing up. The dress code: Guys: scruffy. Girls: artsy-alternative. The setting was even […]

Muqueca de Banana

I had to go back. Espírito Santa, the restaurant, I mean. This time: Muqueca de Banana, a stew of not overly-ripe Bananas in a coconut sauce. The bananas were actually rather vegetable-like, firm, you nearly had to use a knife… Of orange color, no idea what kind of banana that was. It came with rice and some […]

Culinary delights of Santa Teresa

I had spotted that place when walking through the streets in Santa Teresa earlier, and noted that it had a big choice of vegetarian dishes. Salads, soups, vegetables…. So I strolled back Rua Almirante Alexandrino to Espírito Santa, leaving the Cozinha alemã on the sides, and sat down in this cosy, dark place. First thing: a suco de maracujá that […]

A different kind of Rio

So finally I went into Santa Teresa today… despite the low hanging clouds (I wish I had blue skies for the photos!). I nearly would have lived in Santa Teresa. There was a nice place for rent on Airbnb. In the end, I chose Ipanema, because of the beach, and because it seemed more busy, […]

Park of Ruins

I went up to Santa Teresa today, on foot. I had stopped a cab and told him I wanted to go to the museum on top, but he refused with the word ‘mais alta’ or something. Ok, so it wasn’t raining yet, so I walked. Quite steep. I realised I was nearly there when I […]

Beauty’s on the inside

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian or Catedral Metropolitana de São Sebastião in Rio is, pardon my French, goddamn awful. At first. I had noticed that conical stub of a building already from my trip to the top of the Sugar Loaf and thought of it as some kind of massive Congress Centre, the likes of which have […]