New Year’s Eve

I woke up at 11 am on December 31, 2012.  Ivan and Lil Dave were already awake.  We had the free breakfast.  Lil Dave went to meet up with his cousin for the monkey New Years party later tonight.

Elizabeth walked us to a laundry place, but it was $16 USD for our load and would take 2 days to do – that’s way too expensive and it usually only takes a day, but I guess they’re closed on New Years day.  Elizabeth said we could just wash it at the apartment.

Elizabeth also helped me get medicine since I keep coughing up mucus.  She’s so very nice.

Ivan and I walked along the beach.  We went back to the apartment and put the laundry in the washer. 

At 3 pm, we walked back to Copacabana Beach. 


We each got a caipirinha and started walking on the beach.  After finishing our drink, we went in the water which was really cold.  The waves were really strong and knocking us over, so we sat down on the beach and relaxed. 


We’ve been thinking about what to do for New Year’s Eve lately.  A party at Copabana Fort with of The Black Eyes is $500 USD with a dinner buffet and open bar all night.  There’s parties on the beach that are $100 or more.  It’s just way too much to spend for one night.  We decided to just go to the beach, watch the fireworks and see what’s going on afterwards. 

Ivan and I went back to the apartment to get ready.  We wanted to go to the Chinese restaurant, but it was closed.  We were thinking of an Italian place nearby, but there was a wait.  We ended up at New Tokyo Sushi Bar


Ivan and I shared a tasty sashimi salad for an appetizer.  We had strong cold sake with our grilled fish and grilled salmon dishes.  It was a wonderful meal.

Afterwards we made our way to the beach and after grabbing a few caprihinas, we found our space to watch the fireworks. It wasn’t even half as busy as we thought it would be – probably because even though there was something like 2 million people there, Copacabana Beach is really long and quite wide at some points, so everyone is well spread out.

The fireworks started a few minutes early – and unfortunately there was no countdown, but they were really amazing to watch.


Lasted about 20 minutes! After the fireworks we suddenly found ourselves swallowed up in a passing samba band……and we just let the beat take control with us, and we ended up dancing for about 1.5 hours while walking all the way down Ipanema Beach! It was a lot of fun. The band were all wearing traffic cones on their heads, and there were tons of people dancing with them as we all walked along.  I took an umbrella from a guy and started dancing with it. 


It was a really fun night!

We went back to the apartment at 2:15 am.

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