Farewell Rio

Bom dia!

Our last days in Rio were all about chillin’ out and soaking in what we could while it lasted.

Last night we walked down to a nearby outdoor market called Cobal do Humaita for dinner. We ate at a really good restaurant called Joaquina’s. It was reminiscent of Brazilian/Mexican/Creole food. Yes, that’s cheese on a skewer.
We enjoyed our last cup of coffee this morning at our local favorite coffee spot – Boteco Cabidinho. We ordered two coffees “com leite” (with milk) and a fried egg sandwich. It cost less than $3.00.

We took a ferry across Guanabara Bay to Niteroi for a stroll and to see what Rio and Sugarloaf Mountain look like from the back side. We were going to stop at the MAC museum but unfortunately it was closed for construction.. It still looked pretty cool though. Maybe next time!

  ^back side of the famous Sugarloaf in the fog 

And finally, we checked out of our little hostel home that kept us safe for the last 4 nights. It was a decent place; it provided us everything we needed at a good price. Staying in a hostel was a first for both of us but it was easy to get used to the shared bathrooms and living area.


We are looking forward to the next part of our adventure. Chapter 2: Sao Paolo!

A well deserved feijoada

The last few days in Rio have been fun but extremely challenging! The ease of which we do our chores every day is not to be taken for granted. One of our main goals is to buy artwork in each of the countries we visit and ship it home. 

Yesterday we bought some beautiful canvas paintings depicting Rio’s famous favelas (Brazil’s “slums”). We thought shipping them back to CA would be easy enough but instead it became our biggest obstacle yet. After visiting two separate post offices, answering relentless questions and being given long forms to fill out, we got them shipped successfully. Here’s a pic we took walking to dinner that shows a colorful favela extending up a mountainside –

And then came the ordinary, mundane task of doing laundry. Most laundries here only do two day laundry service but since we were in desperate need of clean clothes immediately, we had to keep searching. We finally found a semi self service location that had actual washing machines and were able to pick up our fresh smelling clothes an hour later – right as they were closing. Here’s a picture of the laundry place – Tinturaria Imperial. 

Our entire day was consumed with these few simple tasks so in order to make things right again, we decided to indulge in our favorite Brazilian dish – feijoada. It is the national dish of Brazil and consists of a bean stew with various meats accompanied by several side dishes like oranges, rice, farofa, chicharron, and greens. 

Of course, we had a few more caipirinhas too 🙂