12.03.2007 - 17.03.2007 33 °C
Some people say that mathematics is the universal language. I imagine those people haven´t had to find a Brazillian to Australian power adaptor in Rio with no grasp of the Portugese language.
After successfully finding our adaptors we came home for a rest and Rosie wanted to shave using is new fandangled electric shaver. Only problem is the Brazilians use a 110v power and Rosie´s shaver barely gave a whimper- he still has a beard;
But back to the start.
We arrived in Santiago at about 1130 their time. After forking about 50US for being Australian, we continuted (Canadians have to pay 115US so no complaining). Our home for the next two days was Che Leguara hostel in the CBD (downtown/centro). After being cooped úp in a plane for the best part of a day we decided to strut downtown for a while. I thought Id keep it lowkey, try to fit in etc. Rosie obviously thought the same because he work a pair of purple footy shorts. Nobody else in Santiago wore purple, let alone short cut shorts that barely covered the necessities. Needless to say everybody looked at the stupid gringos (a little kid called me a gringo the other day because I didn´t give him my just bought strawberry milkshake). That night we did very little, had a late lunch, a couple of beers and a local sauv. blanc to send us to sleep. The next day we had a massive walk with some Brazillians we had met the day before. Moises, Raquel and Danielle (are the three names I can remember) and two others took off through Santiago to see some sights. We went to a cable car that had two stops- the first was the zoo. South Americans have the zoo worked out. no protective cages so far away you need binoculars so that you can see the tiger, oh no. We are so close to the tiger we could pat it (mum, we did not pat it). The next stop on the cable car is up higher to a lookout. We got some nice photos of Santiago from up there and a really big statue of a religious female, possibly Mary, Mother of Christ but Ive read the Da Vinci Code and it could be Mary Magdalene.
From there we went on a gondola like thing, literally down, then up. Moises our Brazillian friend was scared of heights, Rosie and I were only scared of the cable breaking and sending us plummeting 100 metres to our death.
That night we got home after walking at least 10km and went to bed promising our friends wed get up and go to karoke. They finally dragged us out of bed and we did karoke. Rosie is still complaining of having a sore back after carrying me through Easy Like a Sunday Morning- I did a much better job at Betterman it should be noted.
Next day we go to Rio (after we paid $30US aeropuerto tax to leave- it is amazing how much English they can understand when it comes to tax). Its hard to do much because the weather is so good and the beaches so nice. The waves are pretty ordinary and break late so when Rosie and I have a ´´Trever Off´ we end up halfway up the sand. Aside from looking for adapters we have been to the beach a lot. Today (Saturday) we are going to go see Christ (the big statue overlooking Rio) and Sugar Loaf (a cabe car between two mountains in Rio). Tomorrow (Sunday) we are hopefully going to the soccer, apparantly its two good teams so that will be good, I think the stadium fits 100,000 so it will be an experience. Local news: you can get 600ml beers (cerveza) for about R$4, which is about $2,50aud.
And I thik thats all I have to report so far. Stay tuned because I will be adding some photos to the world map shortly which you can find on my site somehow.
Good bye from sunny RIO!