This week had turned out to be a sad week. Just as one got better from Dengue... Gabriel, the other guy who traveled with us to Brazil also got Dengue. Not to mention the Professor had his brother's wedding over the weekend and was not in Rio, but Sao Paulo! Which left me with one question. What is one suppose to do on a Friday night? So I went over to my phone and started dialing numbers of the local students from the university and we ended up taking one of the most random trips I have ever taken since I arrived to Brazil 7 weeks ago.
We went to Icarai and went to a small bar to have a couple of beers and then had to decide where the rest of the night was going to be spent at. After walking around aimlessly trying to figure out where to go. One of my friends had the craziest idea to take a bus all the way to Copacabana. Now mind you, this trip isn't entirely crazy... but at 1:30AM it kind of is.
So we walked to the bus stop hoping for a bus to pass by. There were plenty of busses, however none that went remotely close to Copacabana. After 45 minutes of waiting we had all lost hope, until on the horizon we saw a bus with the name "Gavea" on the front. One of my friends screamed out "ahhh caralho! Olha Gavea!" (which means "well I'll be damned... look Gavea") So we hopped on the bus and low and behold 30 minutes later we were in Gavea... which is less than 5 minutes away from Copacabana by taxi. The rest of the night was spent at a night club there in Copacabana, and we left at 5:45 in the morning. We all opted to go get some after-party munchies and then waited for 7:00 to pass by since the buses would start working again. (this is so we wouldn't have to pay about 70 reais for a taxi)
We managed to get a bus by 8:30, and got home by 9:15.... All in all this was one of the first times I had seen the sunrise since the day we landed in Brazil. Here the sun rises at around 6 in the morning.... way too early for my taste.
All in all, the weekend had turned out better than what I had expected. Now I hope that by next week, I am able to finish my jammed pack tentative schedule so I can go and enjoy one of my last weekends here in Brazil just like this one; no plans, just go out and do what comes to mind. IMHO these are the best nights!