Food is expensive here and the cost is increasing as the city prepares for the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016. A simple lunch in a neighborhood restaurant with two people who only drank bottled water was over $50. We had three very simple appetizers and no dessert. In another all-you-can-eat restaurant in Copacabana, the fixed price all you can eat buffet was $250.00 (yes, that dollars.)--- for lunch --- We only did that once! (Check out the website for this restaurant: Marius.com.br) Neighborhood markets for fruit, vegetables are really expensive. The only real buy was coffee, that amazingly delicious, aromatic, Arabica bean Brazilian coffee. It makes a gift that is always appreciated! Troy loved the restaurants. We had wonderful food!
This trip, we learned how to use the metro to navigate the city and some of the city busses. The metro here, unlike Singapore, is not air conditioned.
[Non-GMO chocolate trees!]
[. . .more botanical garden shots]
Perhaps the most glaring observation was that we could more readily see through these news reports, how incredibly connected we all are to each other and how what one country does or doesn’t do affects us all. Maybe that’s the point of traveling.