Rio to Ilha Grande
Today, I took the day off and made the trip from Rio to Ilha Grande (e-ya gran-gee). My day started at 9am with one hour on the city bus to the bus terminal downtown. There, I got on a coach bus that took me three hours down the coast where caught a 30-min speed boat to the island. It was quite the trek; there were points when I questioned myself. But now I'm here and I'm so happy I made the trip. Ilha Grande is magic.
When I arrived this afternoon, I found a hostle and booked plans for the rest of the weekend. Tomorrow, I'm going on a full day boat tour of the island. I'm going to see all the lagoons, coves, and beaches, including one that's ranked 7th most beautiful in the world.
As I write this on my iPhone, I'm sitting at bar steps from the beach with a caipirinha in front of me. Tonight is "terapia" night and I'm told the partying will begin shortly.
Happy Friday and boa noite!