Rio de Janeiro, the journey begins...

Day 1 & 2: We fly via overnight express with Air France from Frankfurt via Paris. Thanks to my doctor prescribed sleep aid I've little jitters before the good 11-stündigen night flight to Rio de Janeiro, the baggage policy give me more headaches...

These allow maximum 1.58 cm case size (L + W + H) for my complete equipment (sun belt, shield, helmet and technology stuff).  Despite repeated packing the equipment to the locking can be * not stronger than for a 120 l sports bag compress and which is 80 x 40 x 40 according to the luggage rules not been in the free - but in the bulky baggage with dimensions. In addition an effective travel weight of my sports bag over 23 kg - whether that's good...

Solution: All clothes walk in hand luggage and Lo and behold, not even is the pretty nice lady at the check-in counter of the airline well... interested in Pocket size! The bissel overweight of my sports bag she commented with a wink and wish me a nice holiday! The trip to Rio de Janeiro starts well... could certainly go on...

I reserve my seat away from the group, but one of the few jump seats - give me and that is worth + 11 hours flight time gold. To my delight takes on the seat next to me the Jurema square, a handsome and charming Brazilian, which, visibly taken - remarkably quickly engage in a conversation can be due to a pronounced fear of flying.  Travel time - who will it surprise - as in the "flights"...

Yet I am - pretty much destroyed with our arrival in Rio despite leg room, football drops, ice-age, several Heineken and the exciting stories of Juremas because Portuguese (I understood not a Word). Little more than two hours of sleep are simply too few...Brazil paragliding rio de janeiro

The way to the hotel a first impression of Rio de Janeiro me and it is mixed. The city is impressive, sometimes even overwhelming. Once in a while, I catch a mixture of dead fish and car exhaust some city scent - - this fragrance is getting. Still impressive, this expanse of urban...

The day of our arrival is unfortunately not fliegbar due to a nationwide heavy wind conditions. After check-in at the Hotel Copacabana Praja we choose therefore an equally interesting alternative program: country beers at the Copa and subsequent visit of the stalwart max' on the Corcovado.

At the Copa we are (unfortunately) confronted with questionable Brazilian helpfulness!! This way, a fast-passing cyclist takes the help of Susanne's backpack and wants to "carry" the part for her. The result of this incident on the daylight day is next to a big fright, Susanne's Zerissene gold chain, Busted flip flop... and the realization that in the future we should take good care of our valuables.

The next day is unspectacular... it is pouring and we do not return due to a stubborn cold front to fly. Therefore spent BB´s the afternoon's biggest shopping center, the BarraShopping in Rio. The price level is as impressive as the offer, I I decide instead of the planned shopping trip better for leisurely window shopping. Yet - "Flies would now actually be a fine thing" I think to myself... and am not amused!

Our evening program makes up for the lost day Rio... Brazil paragliding rio de janeiro scenariumScenarium is a mixture of lovingly antique furnished Museum, restaurant, live bar and adjacent nightclub. The live band plays jazz honest, the food is tasty, the caipirinhas are generously mixed, charming women laugh and dance..., "here I am, here I may be"... I am about the successful evening and enjoy every moment of Brazilian way of life this evening.

Rio de Janeiro / Brazil trip reports (Part1)
Sampaio Corrêa / trip reports Brazil (Part2)
Rio - Pedra Bonita / trip reports Brazil (Part3)
Balneário Camboriú / trip reports Brazil (Part4)
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