Hooray, we’ve made it. I can’t tell you how relieved and excited I am to have made it to Rio. However this also means that “travelling” has now begun as we are no longer in the Mothering care of Vivian’s family. So as one challenge ends, another begins…

Will Vivian adapt well to being on the road? To reap the rewards she’ll need to put in hard work.

How will I handle having a “wingman”? Will I be able to lead with aptitude from previous experience? How sharp is Vivian’s instinct; her gut?

I’m taking nothing for granted but I am looking forward to learning all over again.

We departed Manaus in what looks to be good timing (for us at least). Quite literally in the last few days there has been a Covid-explosion. I mean it’s pretty serious. There’s even a dedicated BBC article. In short, there has been a shortage of auxiliary Oxygen in the hospitals. Only yesterday and for at least five hours, most hospitals were without said oxygen and patients died of asphyxiation. My God.

On a less sombre note, Vivian turned a year older prior to us leaving a few days back so her Dad did what he does best – threw another BBQ. Due to Covid-awareness, it was decided to be an immediate family invite only so less than six of us.

Here’s round one. Yes, round one – for less than six people. Hmmm? Looks like a banquet for 10 to me!

Oh and that’s the bowl of leftovers come end of day!

Needless to say, it was the most plentiful, abundant serving of meat I’d ever had the pleasure of seeing and enjoying.

So we’re currently staying in downtown Rio (Centro). Not typically the area tourists would stay but we’re taking precaution and being as mindful as possible. The plan is to find accommodation that ticks several boxes which will allow us to settle as a base over the days ahead. Then we’ll move on to another district within Rio.

Having hardly seen a Skyscraper since I’ve been in Brazil, it was strangely enjoyable to be amongst a mix of vertical tower blocks and some greenery! Oh, how I’ve missed some city-greenery.

A further inadvertent advantage to being central is that it’s in walking distance to a popular tourist spot; the Escadaria Selarón, also known as the ‘Selaron Steps‘. 

Such an incredible array of tiles from different countries representing everything and nothing. It was hilarious to identify that the higher you climbed, the less touristic it was. People really don’t like stairs.

Bloody tourists.

Getting around Rio, for tourists anyway, seems to be primarily to either use Uber or simply get walking. Strange for me to think that five years ago, I didn’t catch a single Uber. As for walking, the last two days we’ve been here have reported a blistering 30 degrees so walking isn’t as easy or enjoyable as normal. The Carioca Aqueduct happened to be close by and interestingly I noted a little tram running over it; something I’ll want to look into further before we depart the central area in the days ahead.

Brazil continues to offer fantastic value for money chiefly through food and hospitality. You may recall as The Unlikely Traveller my default accommodation choice was hostels. I proved through research and experience you’d be foolish to not experience these if you have an interest for meeting people, learning from other cultures and are budget savvy.

Whilst we’re at the beginning of travelling, Covid permitting, what is currently on offer by modest 3 star hotels is going to be hard to beat. This time round, with two people, suddenly room rates are as competitive as single bed dorms. Then there’s the fact that due to the times we’re in, unfortunately we have to limit exposure to people we don’t know. Sad, but true.

If I use the cheapest rates of Eastern Europe that I stayed in, say between £5 and £8 per night, currently here (even in Rio) we are averaging £18 a night for a room. Less than a tenner each. That’s a double bed room with AC and breakfast. Like I said, hard to beat.

Food in Brazil has been my greatest joy to-date. If you look around, you’ll find great prices and good quality too. That’s a great feeling for anyone who generally likes a bargain but when you’re travelling, it’s like a desert oasis!

That’s a bottle of beer (a popular brand over here), a soda (like a Coke), and two full decent tasting meals. with sauce, rice, and chips. Just in case the picture is deceiving, it was so large that we ended up ‘bagging’ the leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch *

Total cost including drinks: £9. 

Very happy!

*Tomorrow’s lunch didn’t actually happen. Less than 15 seconds after leaving the restaurant, the presumably highly recognisable green bag provided by the restaurant was identified by those less fortunate (and in wait). Gesticulating with fingers to mouth, our food of course became their food. Even a street-hardened Vivian approved of the gesture 🙂

Tune in next week folks and we’ll see what else we can find in this large, large city. Apparently there’s a famous beach or two somewhere around here….

6 Responses

  1. Hi to you both, glad to hear you were finally able to get to Rio De Janeiro. The place look interesting and the food you showed made me hungry, my type of food!
    Enjoy yourselves xx

  2. Hello both of you. Sorry just caught up with all your trip!!! looks and sounds amazing. Glad u are loving it. Its so nice to even see the sun in picture let alone in real life, must be lovely! Nothing new our end here just cold wet and grey:( the kids are good. Lots of home schooling. Giorgio has been delayed goin to preschool(joys) :)) fingers crossed starts end of feb!!! Hope u had a lovely birthday viv?!! G said….. glad vivian has mastered the sami pose in the photos!! stay safe hear from you soon .lots of love g,zoe,isabella and giorgio xxxx

    • Hey Zoe, it’s Vivian. Lovely to hear from you. The Sun is both a blessing and a curse as it’s not easy walking around at 31 degrees. It is weird to think we are in summer whilst you guys are in Winter, makes us feel so far away (which we are). I had a nice birthday, thank you. Missing my family though having moved on from the north. Thanks for the update with Giorgio. Cannot imagine how hard the home schooling has been for you. Tell G there’s only one poser in the Resteghini family and it isn’t either of us 🙂 Speak to you soon X

  3. Wasssuppp peeps. At last, the traveling begins. Feels weird to see pictures of people eating out at a restaurant lol. Good ol’ days. Are you going to attend any street festivals during your time in Rio? I.e the Carnival. Or has Rona ruined that over there also? Zoe beat me to say that V has adopted your poses just like she adopted your names lols.

    The website looks great, Squarespace can do no wrong. Except put people like me outta business…. 😉
    Soph Moose, Baby X, and I send our best.

    P.s when’s V writing a blog post?

    • Hey P&S, it’s V&S 😂

      Yes apart from face masks and hand sanitisers, everything feels pretty much normal here. Funny you mentioned about Carnival we were wondering about that just today, but we don’t know what’s happening with that yet, probably cancelled.

      Good to know you like the website. We still had to make a lot of tweaks ourselves.

      As for a blog post, I’ll give it a go next week. Bit nervous, big boots to fill 🙂

      Your brother says shouldn’t Baby X be Baby XY – something to do with the male chromosomes. He’s such a geek.

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