The first thing he wanted to do after landing in Rio was to visit Christ-the-Redeemer statue. He would’ve reached Rio on Friday morning, perfect for visiting the Cristo (avoiding weekend rush), if not for the flight cancelation due to a snowstorm in NYC. He wasn’t complaining though. US Airways put him in a very nice NYC motel with a Jacuzzi inside the bedroom. Yes, A FUCKING JACUZZI INSIDE THE BEDROOM! Happenstance, it turned out to be a great Thursday evening.
He reached Rio late on Saturday night. Took a taxi at midnight for the apartment that he had booked through Air BnB. It was near the port area of Rio, close to one of the biggest favelas – Providence. He was silently praying that he reaches safely. He had heard a lot of horror stories about Rio. He hadn’t paid too much heed to those being a Delhiite, but traveling alone in a new country at night with luggage, and with no sense of local language and no communication device can be overwhelming.
He reached safely though. Good guy Cabbie. The apartment was amazing. The host was a super-amazing Brazilian girl. The other two travelers were from Switzerland and Netherland. He was the only male traveler. Kinda neat! He dropped his bags and went straight to a Samba party with them. They partied till 3 am.