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We arrived safely from Paraty yesterday around 18:00. Traffic was interesting at some points but what was more interesting is the fact that don't have squeegy boys at the lights, you have them selling refreshments on snacks on an 8 l ane highway. Imagine these guys walking down the Deerfoot or 401, with coolers on their backs selling refreshments to cool you down while stuck in traffic. that was a new sight for us.

Once we checked into the hotel, we had a cocktail on our balcony and checked out some of the action. This hotel (copacabana Ocean Beach) charges a fortune over New Year's but they are in a fantastic location. We can see everything from the pool balcony. We are right on the beach and we are one block from a supermarket. So off we went to check out the local grub....what a great store. We had these great crackers on our snorkelling day called Social Originals. they beat our ritz and soda crackers... yummy. Found a fresh bar-b-que chicken, buns and salad. So we laid low last night and enjoyed some home styled snacks.

Today we walked Copacabana Beach. Or we tried to walk it. We got half way towards Ipamena Beach and a huge thunder cloud arrived.So we turned around and walked in the other direction to get out of the rain. We really enjoyed watching the set up for tomorrow's festivities. We thought NYC was a big production. Nothing in comparison to a 4.8km wide open festival (not including the crowds on Impamena). We even found the Mobile Command Centre and hope to visit it again tomorrow. To the folks back in Calgary, this is a great site visit for major event set up. What a fabulous set up. They are erecting poles along the beach that to the average tourist looks like a volleyball net pole, but has numbers on it to identify security zones. they also have great first aid facilities set up, police on segways, public works staff in patrolling the areas and we believe undercover cops acting like street vendors. Very cool.

We checked out the famous Copacabana Palace (spectacular hotel) and then made our way onto Atlantic Avenue (main street one block off the beach). It was much safer than we anticipated. We enjoyed bargaining over some local gems and made a good deal with a great family. Caesar and his son Leo were alot of fun, so we enjoyed part of the afternoon with them. It rained so hard this afternoon that we could not see more than 200ft. The weather forecast is calling for the same tomorrow, but hopefully it will be over before midnight.

We hope to make it to Ipamena Beach tomorrow, but it will be a busy day as over 2million people will start to gather here around 14:00 until midnight.

Happy New Year everyone.

Posted by winmouse 15:18 Archived in Brazil

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Wow..love the pic of Darwin sitting at the bottom of the waterfall.Cool, very cool
Winter on Vancouver Island is really cool, no snow, but gray and damp.Reading about Rio and the view from your Hotel is so exciting and warm.

How is Dar feeling? You both look good, very good...keep it up.

Happy New Year

PS How can I Skype to you??

by sandy masterton

I love the little black dress you use to get across the street, Michelle! Looking good! These pictures are amazing!

by Monica

Happy New Year Dar and Michelle. Sounds like you are having a wonderfull time. That is great! Mom called tonight and asked me to wish you a Happy New Year on her behalf. She does not have her internet connection working - she said you fixed something and now it does not work. Then it worked for a while and heather came along and did something and it does not work again. I went over the other night to get her as we were taking her out for supper last night. She explained she had no internet connection and could not pick up your blogs or any email - so I picked up the hint and said I would look at it for her. An hour later, after finding out she had bought a new phone and screwed up the wires, I got the wire reconnnected and thought I had the problem fixed. But no, I did not have it fixed. So mom called tonight leaving a message asking me to wish you a Happy New Year, because her computer is not working - hint hint. Anyway I need to go over and see if I can fix it for her tomorrow. She really wants to see your updates.

Your updates and stories have been great. Very well written and descriptive to the extent that we look with anticipation for the next update. Great job on that and it sounds like you are both having such great fun.

I read the part about the sugar doughnuts and butter at the Dianna and that sure brought back some memories - I had forgot all about those great doughnuts and butter.

Alf and Mary-Lou

by alf and mary-lou

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