A short blog about Rio...
I don't have a lot of time this morning, as I'm going to go meet up with a new friend (Shari Breen, for those in the astro circle) and take in some of the sights. Or maybe just walk the beach, we haven't decided and neither have any portuguese.
The first thing you notice about Brazil is the smell. A lot of the cars don't seem to have any muffler, or maybe there's something about the fuel they use, but the road is full of smoke and even in the rain (for I've not seen the sun since circling over the airport) does not do much to help. It's not so bad here in Copacabana, I suspect the sea breezes do much to help with that.
The second thing you notice are the Favelas, which I'd heard about but not quite understood until that moment when I saw just how poor those people really are. I'm told that as part of the Olympic bid the authorities are going to try and fix things up, but I'm not sure I trust them not to bulldoze the homes of millions of people in terrible poverty. A number of youth hostels are having a combined party tonight to raise money to redevelop one of the favelas, I might go (if not I'll send a donation with one of the girls who works here). It seems a small drop in a bucket of "this can never be fixed", but who knows, maybe it can. We have to hope.
The third thing I noticed was that Brazilian drivers are even more scary than Sydney Taxis, and that they do the same thing with regards to ignoring lanes. I'm reasonably certain that this craziness is the reason why most of the streets are one way. In an hour of exploring on foot, however, I nearly died only once, so I'm counting that as a good thing.
Anyway, that'll do for now. I'm here, I'm having an okay time, and once I adapt to the climate and the timezone I'm sure it will be even better. I do miss you all.
About to run away...
So I thought I'd get off my busy butt and take the time to blog, to tell you all what's going on and make a vague promise to post lots while I'm away (that never ends well, but here we are once more). I'm about to disappear overseas for several months, hooray hooray!( cut to spare the boring details )
And just randomly for sticking with me so far, a link I've been hanging on to forever: The Cute Cat Theory of the Internet.
Livejournal/dreamwidth note: Yes, I'm doing the crazy cross-posting thing now. I'm not going to stress too much about editing out content that only makes sense in the context of my other blog, but I'll try not to confuse you too much( The other Friday I got to visit Australia's only Nuclear Reactor )
Oh, one more thing
I can confirm the whole I have whooping cough thing now. Joy. I'm on antibiotics that need to be taken every six hours without fail, and I usually sleep for eight hours... *sighs* Oh, and now, after a month, my mum has decided not to let me use the family phone anymore.
( That said, I did get to do a little last Saturday. )
A better photo will follow in the next day or so as I finish catching up and my brain re-engages enough that I can make with the image-editing-fu.
And, of course, I should link to my current favourite fanfic: Steady Beats the Hearts of Love
So I have a question for the (rather limited, but my blog is down) friend's list: Have any of you ever played with these things? What was your experience? If you haven't, what sorts of things do you think this could/should be used for?