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  1. Where was I? Oh yes...Rio

    posted by Colm Hanratty | 3 Comments

    Nov302009

    In the words of David Gray...”please forgive me”. I have returned from Rio de Janeiro a week from today but still haven’t updated our blog to let you know what went on when Hostelworld got there.

    When I arrived in Rio de Janeiro I felt quite poorly. I had been bitten quite badly in Iguazu and my ankle swelled up a horrible amount. So much I was walking with a slight limp. At this stage I really do hope some of you are going ‘awwww...’. If not you should be. I was suffering.

    So after an afternoon down on Ipanema Beach enjoying some sunshine myself and Richie went to a local Irish pub to watch the first leg of Ireland V France. Unfortunately I only managed to stay for the first half as by this stage I was beginning to experience flu-like symptoms. Now, as you can imagine, if you have just been bitten in South America, and you start feeling like you’re coming down with a flu, you start to think a bit. “Have I got yellow fever?” popped into my brain. As did “Maybe it’s swine flu?”. Because of that I decided the best thing was to go to a doctor. So that’s just what I did.

    Going to a doctor was the best thing I did. If you saw my ankle you would’ve done the same thing. I’m not sure whether to put up a photo of my ankle along with this post. It’s pretty nasty. Maybe I will. If you care to let me know whether or not you’d like to see it please comment on this post. But because of my bad luck my Saturday night finished after that visit to the doctor.

  2. 3 Comments so far.

    Ben said on 21/04/2010 at 6:08am

    I'm sorry you had an unfortunate experience. Rio is a great city...a beautiful and I hope that one experience doesnt discourage from returning. I have been to Rio 5 times now. It's my favorite place to visit. Ben www.brazil4life.blogspot.com

    CJ said on 04/03/2010 at 8:35pm

    Colm! that is highly unfortunate. i had a similar experience in Ecuador one time. Rio is my next destination, going October 3 2010. if you or any hiker reading is going to rio around then and looking to do some city exploration let me know was it will be my first time there. good luck in future travels

    Flavia said on 30/12/2009 at 7:31pm

    Hey Colm, I´m sorry to hear about your sorry Rio experience.. but that just means you will have to come back to actually experience this amazing city! If you ever do, you can get in touch with me, so you can came out with me and my friends and we´ll show you brazilian partying in great style! Take care, and hope your ankle is better by now.

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