I remember writing a blog when we last arrived in Rio, thinking on the trip we’d just completed and how, for all of us on board, it had been a huge step. We’d grown together as a family, experienced the highs and lows of spending a lot of time together in a tiny space, and in some ways it seems only yesterday and yet in lots of ways not. We’ve done a hell of a lot since then – experienced the bitter cold, staggering beauty, incredible hospitality, have seen good friends leave and gained new ones, and tucked another 11000 miles under Elincas’ belt.
And so this approach to Rio has a different feel to it. For those here a second time there’s excitement knowing what awaits, and for those new to Rio a whole Lonely Planet of things to cram into our short layover. We left yesterday afternoon so that this morning we’ll arrive with the sun, and right now Sarah has just risked the wrath of all by waking them too early to see the sunrise as we pass the beach at Ipanema. She should have served them fresh coffee to allay the grumbles! There are plans to climb sugar loaf, relax on Copacobana and Ipanema, see a game at the Maracana, dance in nightclubs, see the favelas and stay in fancy hotels. We’ll have to go to sea for a rest.
We’ll be here in Rio for 3 days or so, to relax, prepare, shop, sightsee, fill our fuel and water and gas to the max before making another leap into the unknown(for us) – this time our longest trip yet, a 4000 miler north up the Atlantic towards the Azores.