Today was the first sunny day in Rio since I arrived 2 days ago, so of course I had to go to the beach! But first, I made breakfast:
The beach turned out to be terrible. Just kidding. It was everything I had hoped and dreamed. The sun was very warm, but the breeze was cool, although not too cool. I drifted in and out of sleep (with one arm or my head on my bag of course), read some of my Brazil guidebook, and people-watched.
Contrary to popular belief, not all Brazilians are devastatingly sexy.
Yesterday I managed to visit two apartments AND go to the bank to withdraw rent money. How’s that for productive eh? Had a nice long chat with family as well, followed by late night movie time with Berna (we watched The Barbarian Invasions — though mildly touching, we both found it pretty dull).
Here are some photos of the apartments I visited.
- 1,400 reais (~$710 USD)
- Pros: Privacy (I have my own bathroom, and a giant veranda that isn’t currently being used. I am 1 of 2 people who live on this floor, which is the top floor). Most of this floor is an open air terrace! Located on the busiest street in Copacabana, 2 blocks from the beach. On the top floor (the 11th floor), so there ain’t no noise.
- Cons: Privacy — The terrace has a queen-size bed.. which leads me to believe that the landlord or someone else might use this space to entertain during busier months..
- 1,250 reais (~$630 USD)
- Pros: Giant bedroom, giant living room, big bathroom, my OWN refrigerator, my own kitchen sink. LOTS of closet space. Cozy. Cheap. Located on the busiest street in Copacabana, 2 blocks from the beach. There’s an adorable cat and an adorable dog, and they’re BFFs it’s SO CUTE.
- Cons: Sharing the space with a retired 80 year old French man. Turns out he had been married to a Brazilian woman and has lived in Brazil for 50 years, but she passed away 2 years ago. Meow ;___;