Couchsurfing is king! I am staying with Glenda for my entire week in Rio. Originally I was only going to stay for 3 days but apparently I am ´normal´ so can stay longer. The apartment building, all marble floors and buzzing television sets with occasional whooping mongrels, is situated in Lapa, dead-centre in the middle of Rio. It is the party capital, full of young, trendy natives, whielding over-sized drums, boozy old men trying to get their hands on some ass, of which there is much, and the odd tourist, taking a detour from the stag night paradise of Copacabana. All of this, by the way, is no fun when you´re trying to sleep. I have the keys to the apartment which is good news as my first two days are mostly memorable for my lengthy nap times.
On Wednesday I met Felipe in Niteroi, visited the Contemporary Art Museum (one of the best exhibits I´ve ever been to, all provocative images and abstract cartoons that made me wanna go and watch the Life of Brian. They know how to do surreal in Brazil) and went to his house in Saõ Gonçalo for lunch. The feijaõ e farafa was a delight and should be eaten every day, with some gusto!
Thursday: the sun has got me. At first I though it was joking, but no it really has got me. I think I might be able to get that starring role in Crabman: The Opera after all.