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I am here!!  After two years of wondering and dreaming,  I am here!!

I am FINALLY in Brazil, excitedly awaiting the opening of the biggest World Sporting Event… World Cup 2014!!

Two years ago, I signed up with a tour group to be a part of the World Cup experience… My dream was to go to South Africa in 2010 but things beyond my control prevented that occurring… but now… four (4) years later, here I am!!  😀

The package that I have, includes a two week period in Manaus, Brazil, one of the main cities that are hosting the World Cup Group Stage matches… Four matches will be played at this newly renovated stadium including the highly anticipated Italy vs England match on Saturday 14th!

We left Trinidad on Tuesday, via chartered flights to the small border town of Santa Elena, Venezuela. After a series of security checks, over the border, we were in BRAZIL!! WOOO HOOO!! We then boarded a coach bus to begin our long journey, on ground, to this Host City of Manaus.

The View below... flying over Venezuela.

The View below… flying over Venezuela.

The View below... flying over Venezuela.

The View below… flying over Venezuela.

Santa Elena de Uairén Airport, Venezuela; the border airport...

Santa Elena de Uairén Airport, Venezuela; the border airport…

Our coach for the next couple hours

Our coach for the next couple hours

The coach ride through the night, although long, was smooth and made more comfortable with the footrests and reclining seats that we were lucky to have. The main road that we took, we were told, was recently renewed / renovated, in preparation for those persons who would be travelling via ground transportation to the game venue. As it was the night, unfortunately the views outside, while driving through the Amazon, were not to be seen  😦

As we approached Manaus, just before a scheduled stop for breakfast, we visited the Corredeira de Urubui, some of the rapids in Presidente Figueiredo.

Corredeira de Urubui, Presidente Figueiredo

Corredeira de Urubui, Presidente Figueiredo

Corredeira de Urubui, Presidente Figueiredo

Corredeira de Urubui, Presidente Figueiredo

Beautiful and relatively calm, I can only imagine the wonder of the waterfalls that are located nearby.

We then stopped for breakfast in the town of Presidente Figueiredo. Looking around, we began to see the support and excitement, the patriotism and love that the locals had for their country… for their team. It was great to see and as also left us overflowing with excitement.

A Sample of the Artwork around the towns

A Sample of the Artwork around the towns

Everyone showing their support and patriotism

Everyone showing their support and patriotism

Decorations all around

Decorations all around

We also started to fall in love with the colourful architecture, for example this “Lonely Planet” hotel, Hotel Maruaga. 10.  20140611_080958a-saWe arrived at our hotel, The Taj Mahal Continental Hotel, that would be our home for the next two (2) weeks. This 3-star hotel (although advertised otherwise) was clean and simple.

View from hotel room

View from hotel room

View of Rio Negro, from our 10th floor hotel room

View of Rio Negro, from our 10th floor hotel room

View of the city

View of the city

A view of the city of Manaus, from our hotel room

A view of the city of Manaus, from our hotel room

After freshening up, we will go and explore the surrounding city.

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