My Amazing afternoon to the famous sugarloaf mountain in RIO!
12.11.2013 - 12.11.2013
I am In money saving mode so walked the first half of sugarloaf, half price ticket as it cuts the first cable car... On the way I managed to see a monkey and a toucan...already a good day! I.reached the first stage in quick time...rain was pouring by this point....soggily I went to buy my ticket....But NO my AUS card did not work, tried again to no avail, my other cards were back at the hostel...i only had 10reals and the ticket was 26....ahhh..soaked and disheartened I nearly went down BUT being David Todd I decided that wasn't an option....by this time it was 6..the ticket office closed in an hour and by now the storm was in full swing thunder and lightning had surrounded the first stage of sugarloaf, it was a fascinating sight and probably the best storm I've ever seen.... I was inspired, I had an idea... I had biscuits ( I'd brought as hiking snacks) and decided I'd use them as a selling tool as I told people about my predicament an ask in exchange for change!! Some people would call it begging...i call it Initiative. I had no Portugese so my target audience was limited, slowly the change rolled in....i made a sign to help people understand! The rain started to ease but by 7 I was short of the 26.50 by about 5reals (a nice couple from London had helped with a five and random change has brought me to 21ish, but not enough...the ticket man had watched all this unfold..he and I had become a team of sorts in my effort to raise the money, lending me a pen and paper for my sign! It was the end of the day and everyone knew I deserved it...he was happy to let me up for 21!!!!! What a win. As I ascended the lighting was striking from all sides and I reached the top with amazing views of the whole of RIO. The storm passed, lightning bolt in the backdrop made for some incredible photos, it turned into a very clear and mild evening. What a perfect end...although I had given all my biscuits away which was a downer, especially since they were filled with a strawberry mix.
Feel like it was a worthy sacrifice!