We rode the bus for nearly 3.5 hours, sitting in the open-air top deck and getting some good photos of places we had been (walking) in the past few days plus several places we wanted to go. Even at US$50 this turned out to be a good deal, as we were safely removed from some areas that looked pretty seedy. The only drawback was the temperature. Yesterday was 70F and sunny, while today was about 50F and slightly overcast. After 3 hours we were pretty miserable, but the warm lower level was full. We passed stop after stop with mobs of shivering people wanting to get on. Finally we saw a stop in the sunlight and got off. After warming up with some cappucinos and checking emails, we got back on for one more stop, then walked a few blocks to the apartment. In between there were hundreds of police setting up barricades to block off an area, including the streets. We had no idea what was up, and chose not to ask. One block before the apartment we found a nice bar that made us some really decent caiprinhas and a pizza for cheap - which was good since the tourist agency had really reduced my cash reserves that I had on me. Back to the apartment to relax and crash. I will let the photos do the rest of the communicating...
|I see dead people...|
|Yesterday this area was jammed with protestors. Today all back to normal chaos.|
|Tomorrow there will be a Formula 1 auto race on these streets. I bet that won't be disruptive!|