them half way up the mountain and they begin to entertain the tourist. I guess today is off to a couple of unlucky breaks. After the tram ride and a short stint in the elevator, we arrive at the top and the view is spectacular!! Simply spectacular! Photo opportunities in every direction and despite the lake of blue skies we enjoy our visit. The only negative is the loud American tourists who look like skater dudes and are drinking beer already this am. They have very little consideration for anyone around them, but there is enough space that it is easy to move away from them. (I am not even sure Luiz and Margarete noticed them but being American myself I was a bit embarrassed by their behavior) We decide the site seeing is done and that if the skies are sunny and blue later on this trip we can always come back. The tram ride down we sit on the opposite side and in the front car like planned and enjoy the views of the city and favelas. (there is no band playing now)
We head back to the bus station and grab a quick lunch of rice, meat, and beans at a local restaurant. The food is good and we are off by bus again. Returning to Copacabana and our apartment for a late afternoon rest, I think we realize just how much we have seen so far and although a trip to sugar loaf is on the agenda for the day. We decide to wait for blue skies for this trip and take a detour to the room for a quick break.
That evening we have plans to go back to the restaurant we found earlier but decided to wait until tomorrow lunch as we are quite full. We stop for a salad and a walk along the beach is in order. The waves this evening are particularly high and so as Luiz and Margarete enjoy a fruit salad – I head to the waters edge to marvel at the power and thunder of the waves. With heights of 10-15 ft, I don’t know if I have ever witness waves this high before. It is truly and excellent way to end my day. Good night world and thanks for a wonderful day in Rio.
(Read Rio de Janiero - day 7)