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Another day, another goodbye…

Posted by Cool Your Jets IV on February 28, 2011

Lunch, Las Cabras

As is becoming our normal routine,today saw us saying cheerio to two friends from London, Rachel and Tush. We’re just back from seeing them both off – we had a great lunch at Las Cabras here is Palermo Hollywood (corner of Costa Rica y el Salvador.) Not able to face a 400gm piece of beef for lunch I opted for the Chicken Quesadilla which was superb and just right for such a time. The girls Tortilla with Tush opting for the Beef Chorizo, which on arrival looked fantastic and very much had a case of food envy!

We also shared three bottles of wine which is a bit cheeky for a Monday lunchtime!

Missing friends

They came over for a week and are now en route to Rio for a further week before flying back to the UK all refreshed and ready for work – though I somehow doubt this as both like a little liquid refreshment early in the afternoon… It’s been fun having them both here and will certainly miss both ‘Con Gas’ and Tush (even if he is a QPR fan!)

Hasta Luego and enjoy Rio!

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Santos, Brazil (09/12/10)

Posted by Cool Your Jets IV on December 16, 2010

The American met his daughter at Santos

For once, we left port on time, 0530 and we’re now enroute to Santos…

Having arrived pretty much on schedule, 1900hrs we were told that again, we couldn’t dock which saw us sat off the coast for the rest of the evening/night, docking 0730hrs on Friday morning. Following breakfast we set ashore for the city of Santos – we also met with Philips’s daughter Autumn who had driven up from San Paulo to meet him. By all accounts Santos is the most important city on the coast of Sao Paulo (SP being approx. 40km away.) It’s also the biggest harbour in the whole of Latin America.

Some guy called Pele, used to play for the local team…

Only having five or so hours saw us staying in the old town, again looking for t’internet which was surprisingly difficult to locate. Lunch beckoned, so following a group of office workers we entered a restaurant that sells its food by weight. There’s a large buffet to choose from and you basically fill your plate up, take to the weigh machine and you pay as you leave. The food was excellent and please we’d only spent about £15 in total, including wine.
The place was only half full so sitting down near a group of office workers and glancing up at the wall, there was a picture of Piccadilly in London, showing the exact building in which my last company is based!

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Rio, Brazil!

Posted by Cool Your Jets IV on December 10, 2010

Having been aboard for several weeks, we’re now very used to arriving several hours late at any given port, due to various reasons. This time around, one of the buoys in the bay had come loose which meant we spent the best part of 10 hours sat in the bay, with Copacabana Beach glistening in the distance.

Quite an ironic name for a cruise ship, the 'Costa Fortuna' bearthed in Rio

All the passengers were dressed up, with nowhere to go and all we could do was sit about the deck in the sun looking out at Rio, so close but so far. From the our vantage point, Rio is spectacular and covers huge area starting at sea level, rising up through high rise buildings, old colonial buildings to the hills where we could see several favelas.

We eventually docked and for once immigration was very fast – we’d also just showered so raring to go Shelley, Andrea, Christian and I took the opportunity to get ashore ASAP. Like Rio, the port was massive and there’s a bus that takes you from one side t’other, though having waited for a good thirty minutes we flagged down a passing flatbed lorry and hitched a lift on the back.

Outside on the main road, it was chaos – big public buses, three abreast bearing down on us, we’d been told that bus drivers in Rio are all aspiring/frustrated formula 1 driver and max it everywhere! We eventually crossed the road and after a short time picked up a taxi into town – the taxi had AC which was very welcome.

Spending an hour on admin (emails, blogs etc.) we hit a bar for several cool beers before heading off to see Copacabana Beach which surprisingly was a good twenty or so minutes away from the centre of Rio, a dual carriageway saw us racing along with Cristo Redentor, up on Corcovado, looking down upon us.

The beach at night is stunning, a huge east – south west curve with waves crashing onto the shore. Having seen so much sea over the last few weeks and not touching any of it we took the opportunity to go for a paddle in the sea! We walked pretty much the whole promenade, stopping for beers and vodka, watching volleyball, beach football etc., it was all very cool though we’d been told that Copacabana is shade of its former self and is now quite tacky (guess the bars and hotels) though we had a really good time and found some nice bars tucked away behind the main parade.

A short time later it all went a bit downhill for me as I had a desperate need for the toilet…

We left Christian and Andrea following a couple of ‘emergency’ stops for me and headed back to the ship, suffering most of the way. Eventually we got back, though at one stage we (the taxi) was a tad lost, we were in a grubby downtown port area, about to run out of money and I had visions of being dropped off in a not too safe area and having to find our own way back.

Thankfully we just made it!

The six hours we had in Rio were fantastic and we’ll definitely be going back in the next twelve months, spending a good week or two there. Tomorrow we head further along the coast, to Santos.

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