Sunday, September 7, 2008

South America Trip - Day 3

Day 3 – Saturday 8/23

It rained pretty hard last night and continues to rain sporadically today. We woke up late this morning, which was nice!
For lunch we ate pizza…in grocery store! We had previously stopped into the grocery store to buy some bottled water and noticed that they had a little mini restaurant inside the store! They had a real brick oven and everything. The pizza crust was almost paper thin, so Cuong and I had no problem finishing off a whole pizza by ourselves!
After lunch we headed to the movie theater across from the grocery store, since it was still raining. They played movies in English with subtitles in Portuguese. We saw “Flashbacks of a Fool”, which I don’t think will play in the U.S. It was a very odd movie.

When we got back to the hotel, we asked the concierge about seeing a Samba show. They recommended a dinner/show combination. The package included transportation for the night. We went ahead and booked it. The van picked us up at the hotel, along with a few other guests and headed to a Brazilian BBQ restaurant. We had an hour to eat and then needed to head back into the van to the Plataforma in the neighborhood of Leblon.

It was kind of like a Vegas show with dances and outfits from Carnival, Portuguese dance, Samba, etc. The show was about 2 hours long and ended around midnight.

The grand finale ended with all of the ladies out in their HUGE dresses for Carnival. Each dress just kept getting bigger and bigger!
They even had guys doing Capoeira - Brazillian fight-dancing.

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