We arrive at Barra Beach at 11pm in the evening and head to the beach hut for caipirinhas and a midnight walk on the beach.
|Beach hut drinks|
|Wanna jump some waves?|
We took a glance out the window and decided we were spending our day walking along the beach. I feel so lucky we had a hotel right on Barra beach. It truly is the most beautiful beach I've experienced yet with squeaky clear water and huge waves.
|View from our room|
|Embracing the waves|
That evening we took a taxi into Lapa and strolled into the Samba club Rio Scenarium. The taxi took as long as it takes to get from Glasgow to Edinburgh but cost around £20 which is ridiculously cheap and the route allowed us to see so much of Rio at night - the favelas, the world's largest floating christmas tree and Christ the Redeemer to name a few.
|The venue had three floors with a nightclub on the side...|
|an awesome band playing samba all night...|
|... and really swanky balconies overlooking the cobbled street below.|
As Christmas day became closer, we thought it would make our mums happy if we gave Jesus a visit. He got really mysterious hiding among the clouds so we only stayed for an hour then paid a visit to Sugarloaf Mountain which was much brighter and an excellent place to get a 360° perspective of Rio.
|Christ the Redeemer|
|Is this what heaven looks like?|
|It was hard to resist jumping on a cloud|
|Gee, It's real windy and real nice up here.|
|Rock climbing is a popular on the sugarloaf and neighbouring mountains.|
|To the Mountains!!|
|I spy Sugarloaf from the cable car|
|This one's for the photo album.|
|We took the nature trail with Havaianas on...|
|... which made the whole thing 50x more difficult|
On return we had to jump into swimwear, Christmas hats and run down to the beach for our Christmas Eve party!
|Santa, I promise I've been good this year!|
|I was loving this onesie|
|Forfeits for losing|
|My former Tokyo-pal, Ryan|
IT'S CHRISTMAS! Xmas outfits, families to skype and some presents to open - successfully taking up the majority of the morning. The afternoon was far lazier and we retired by the pool like two squeezed lemons before getting ready to come home.
|Thanks for my Christmas Puddings Mum! Favourite Present EVER!|