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Day 12 - Start of Double Games

Last of the group games

sunny 75 °F
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We get up early to do some sightseeing before the games today. Ivan appears to have the lucky 1 day version of being ill (I'm still working on mine :( ). We decide to explore on foot and see some what is nearby - luckily we were really close to some interesting areas. The weather cooperated as well - very nice but not too hot either. Even though the high temps seem to get near what it was in Salvador, the lower humidity (where we currently are at least) makes it much more pleasant. We find the Arcos da Lapa (an old aqueduct which was obviously recently repainted as it was much older looking in the tourist books):
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The Sao Sebastiao Metropolitan Cathedral which you can see looked like a big cement cone from the outside.
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But the inside was quite remarkable:
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Some sites as we wandered the city... Busses were everywhere. Bike delivery guys were common - with huge shock/springs. Some interesting street art and small merchant stands.
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Unfortunately, Kate is the next victim and needs to back to the hotel (so Diana and Phil are the only ones not affected yet - knock on wood). We had not seen any liquor stores (liquor is stored in regular grocery stores), but this was really more of a wine specialty store.
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But the best part of visiting it, was that it helped us stumble into the Salvador Dali exhibit. We knew it was here in Rio, but had no idea where the exhibit was. The museum lived in a former bank, complete with huge safe/vault doors as well. We were pleasantly surprised that the exhibit was free and not very crowded.
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On the walk back, we saw this guy sleeping in the middle of a busy square. Sadly, you see people sleeping on the ground quite often here, but not typically in the middle of the square...
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Since the last games for each group start today, there will only be 2 game times (1pm and 5pm here). And we have to find the game that we want to watch as well. For the early game, that is NED-CHI, which is no problem because that is the same for all and we easily found the game out. However, we thought that the fight between MEX-CRO would be better than the BRA-CMR game, so we decided to watch from our hotel room - where we could also flip back and forth between the games. Fireworks are legal here - but are mainly just noise makers - and echoed via the streets whether Brazil scored, so we knew when to switch back to see the scoring. They lit up the Christ the Redeemer statue in green after the Brazilian victory, but you'll have to use your imagination to see this...
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Posted by wc2006 02:58 Archived in Brazil

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Great pictures Greg! Looks like you are having a lot of fun!

by Art

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