BRAZIL TRAVELOGUE - DAY
11 - RIO DE JANEIRO BRAZIL
Breakfast on our balcony in Ipanema.
We rise this
morning to prepare for our journey to Buzios, described
as beautiful by everyone we've spoken to. Unfortunately,
Bertil is feeling ill - extremely ill. He is bed-ridden,
unable even to get up. Marcelo arrives at 9:00AM
to pick us up, but we have to ask that we reschedule.
Luckily he just lives a couple of blocks from our apartment,
so he is not terribly put out.
and I spend the day playing Gin Rummy and Hearts on
the balcony, doing laundry, drinking vodka tonics and
I take a
little opportunity to work, while they make a trip
down to the local mini-market for some food.
It is a very relaxing day for us, actually - quite
enjoyable. For Bertil, it was quite another
story. He suffered throughout the day, until,
pumped full of medicine, he finally crawls out of
bed around 5:00PM.
try to figure out what he ate the night before -
he is allergic to Gluten (found in grains), but
he is always very careful. After much research
and much discussion, we figure out that the bisque
he had the night before had contained flour - in
addition, he'd had a couple of beers earlier in
the day, and the combination was too much for his
system. After joining us for a game of Hearts,
we all get dressed and walk down the street to find
somewhere for dinner. Of course, Bertil and
Kicki just want to go to their favorite cafe, but
Sandra and I want to try somewhere new.
Bar do Beto on Rua Farme de Amoedo.
Bar do Beto in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro Brazil..
with most establishments on this street, there
is a large gay contingent. It seems fairly nice,
so we decide to give it a shot. Sandra and
I order Entrecote, while Bertil and Kicki stick
with soup. As with most places, the order
is for 2 people. The Entrecote is pretty
awful - tasteless and grizzly. The red
wine was too warm. The soup was good, though,
they said. The service is attentive, as
with everywhere in Rio - this time it was more
like hovering, we felt.
we head back to the room and rest up - tomorrow Marcelo will
take us to see the Botanical Gardens and the fruit market...
to Day 12 - Botanical Gardens of Rio
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