22.01.2013 24 °C
The flight to Rio was 12 hours. Andrew said it felt it, but it wasn't too bad with inflight movies, two meals and drinks and snacks throughout. Plus I wrote the last post, which helped to kill the time too.
On arrival at Rio de Janeiro International Airport it was 10pm and 24 degrees - a slight change from the weather back in Morecambe Bay! The airport itself reminded me of some of the airports we visited in India, quite old fashioned and small, which I wasn't expecting given that the world will be coming here soon for the World Cup and Olympics. After immigration we headed straight for our bags (which had arrived - yay!) and decided rather than barter with people outside we'd take the easy option of booking a taxi from inside the airport...although we were no doubt ripped off.
The taxi ride was the first time we encountered the language barrier (only 5mins in!). Neither of us speak Spanish or Portuguese so all we had was the name and address of the hostel written down and a Portuguese phrase book. None of which helps when a Brazillian man is talking to you and expecting an answer!!! We made it though - after some one word Portuguese and a lot of wild hand gestures !! The journey was quick and easy and we saw the lights of Rio de Janeiro and the outline of Christ the Redeemer.
The hostel, the Rio Soul Hostel in Botafogo, was loud with lots of people hanging around. We got to our private room, which was clean and small, let everyone know we were safe, then went to sleep...with ear plugs in!