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Chinese Graffiti

On December 30, 2012, we had the free breakfast at the apartment. 

Ivan’s dong a half marathon soon, so he decided to go running.  He came back awhile later and ran some, but it was too hot and humid to do the full length he wanted to do.

Later on, we went to Feira Hippie de Ipanema which is the Hippie Market of Ipanema which occurs on Sundays.  I bought a few souvenirs.

Ivan and I shared an acai (the superfood that is from the Brazilian Amazon) with bananas and granola at Amazônia Soul. 

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It was cold and tasty.

We got a taxi to Parque Lage. 

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I noticed a cool sign outside of the café.  Ivan wanted to check out their café. 

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There was interesting art inside.

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Ivan found a great self guided graffiti tour which is around the area of Parque Lage and Jardim Botanico (Botanic Gardens). 

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We walked around for awhile checking out the cool graffiti and street art.

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If you want to see all the graffiti we saw, go here.

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Ivan and I jumped into a taxi and headed back to Copacabana Beach.  Ivan and I each had a caiprinha for R$6 each which was cheaper than the one we had on Ipanema Beach. 

We walked back to the apartment and used the internet.  I also worked on the blog.

The natural buffet place was already closed.  Ivan found a Chinese restaurant called Chon Kou.  Lil Dave got the mu shu banana.  Ivan and I got a bean curd for a starter which had a great sauce.  Then, we shared a fish in a hot sauce and a fish with mushrooms and onions.  It was a really tasty meal.

Ivan and I watched the movie Turistas before going to bed. 

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Italian Graffiti

Ivan and I left the apartment at 12:40 pm on December 20, 2012.  It usually only takes 5 minutes to get to the Brazilian Embassy.  But, there was traffic so it took a lot longer. 

I rushed to the Brazilian Embassy on the 5th floor.  There was no line for window 5 and the lady wasn’t behind the window.  I was getting worried since it was 1:05 pm.  I was hoping that she didn’t leave for lunch already.  I waited a few minutes and noticed people walking around in the back office.  I saw her poke her head out.  She was mad and said a la una.  I said there was traffic.  She still wasn’t happy.  All she had to do was grab my ticket and give me my passport which isn’t a big deal.  I was only a few minutes late. 

We went to Libertad Plaza Café for lunch.  Ivan had the salad bar again while I had a chicken sandwich with cheese, pineapple and boiled eggs. 

Ivan and I got a taxi for the meet-up of the Buenos Aires Street Art tour.  Our guide was a man named Matt. The group included us, an Australian girl, an American lady and a German couple.  Buenos Aires is different since a graffiti artist can ask permission to paint on somebody’s private property.  If they’re given permission, then they can start making some graffiti. 

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Matt was very knowledgeable about street art and graffiti having co-wrote the book Textura Dos: Buenos Aires Street Art.  We went to a park that is filled with graffiti, street art and tags on many buildings. 

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It’s illegal to do graffiti here, but owners would have to paint it all the time since the art changes regularly here.

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We saw lots of murals, graffiti, street art, stencils and tags. 

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Matt told us the differences.  There are lots of great street art and graffiti by artists like Blu, Jaz, Pum Pum, Ice, Cof, Oz and Nerf.  The street artist Blu created a video with street art in Buenos Aires – check out the video here.  This was a wonderful tour.  Ivan and I love seeing graffiti in different cities. 

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I highly recommend going to this great street art tour

Ivan and I got a taxi back the apartment.  We used the internet and then took a siesta (nap). 

At 10 pm, Ivan, Lil Dave and I went to the Italian restaurant Guido Restaurant for dinner.  There are two locations, but we went to the closest one to the apartment on Cerviño.  The other location has a crazy owner and no menu.  I thought the other one sounded good, but we didn’t know it was the wrong one until we got the menu. 

Ivan and I started off with cheese with greens and fried onions in a great sauce and anchovies.  The anchovies were tinned and not fresh.  The cheese was delicious.  Lil Dave got a banana pizza. 

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Ivan and I shared a vegetarian pizza and grilled vegetables.  The pizza was awesome – we’re glad since the pizza we’ve been seeing in restaurants look really bad.  It was a wonderful meal.

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Ivan and I each got an espresso before leaving the restaurant.  Lil Dave headed back to the apartment.

Ivan and I got a taxi to Palermo Hollywood which is filled with restaurants, bars and nightclubs.  It was too early to head to the club, so we went to Carnal Bar for a drink.  I had a 2110 while Ivan a drink that sounded like Voltron, can’t remember the name though.

Later, we went to the nightclub Niceto for the Club 69 Gay Night.  The club was playing generic techno with the same beat going on in the background for a long time.  There were dancers on the stage. A round stage with a stripper pole would be moved by somebody around the dance floor while a girl danced around the pole.  Ivan told me later that the performers were transsexuals which I didn’t even notice while we were there. 

The club was filled with a majority of guys.  The club was dark and looked like a warehouse. 

A short dance act was performed on the main stage. 

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It’s so stupid in the girl’s bathroom that you have to give a tip to get toilet paper since there’s none in the stalls.  Some girls would skip the line since they would give the host a tip and get toilet paper.  So, the second time I went to the toilet, I took a paper towel that’s provided for you after you wash your hands.  The host who gives out the toilet paper saw I had it in my hand and she tried to grab it from me.  I wasn’t having that and went to the toilet.  I slammed the door and that pissed her off.  Clubs should provide toilet paper for free.  How annoying!  I came out and she started talking to me in Spanish – I’m sure she was telling me not to use the paper towel for toilet paper and to not slam the door.  I just said I don’t know what you’re saying and walked to wash my hands.

We kept dancing to the repetitive music.  Ivan and I like techno, but this was really bad techno and it was doing my head in.  At one point, a guy started rapping.  Good looking guys from the club started dancing around the rapper.. they were trying to dance to the rap which just looked silly.  After two rap songs, the techno music resumed.  We danced for a bit before heading back.

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Mussels in Brussels

On July 17, 2012, Ivan, Lil Dave and I woke up at 9 am.  Ivan and I packed everything up and left the very orange Easyhotel. 

We got took the train to King’s Cross and left our baggage there.

Today, we were doing the Street Art London Tours in Shoreditch.

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Ivan and I love graffiti and it’s always evolving in London. 

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We went to many places and saw lots of cool graffiti. 

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We recognized a couple of graffiti pieces that we saw last time on a different graffiti tour we took. 

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The tour guide showed us a Banksy, but it was covered by glass and it up high where my short self couldn’t see it. 

After the tour, we headed back to King’s Cross to collect our luggage and then pick up tickets for the Eurostar train.  I was hungry, so Ivan and Lil Dave stayed with the luggage while I got some food at Marks and Spencers.  Ivan also bought some food.  It still hurts when I swallow – even just water.

Then, we left on the train at 2 pm from London to Brussels, Belgium.  The train is very cheap at 49 Euros each and it goes under the sea for an hour.  We fell asleep the whole time though. The train arrived at 5:05 pm in Brussels.  Ivan tried to find the bus at the airport, but the one we needed didn’t stop there.  We were too tired and decided to get a taxi cab to the Airbnb apartment. 

We were welcomed by this sign next to our room. 

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How cute!!  We met Carine and her son.  Carine is a friendly Belgian lady.  She had a map for us and we talked about our honeymoon and Brussels.  Her son made us tasty mint Moroccan tea.  I need to learn how to make it!  Carine is always smiling.  Ivan asked why mussels is so famous in Brussels.  She wasn’t sure.  Ivan reckons it’s because it rhymes. 

We took showers and then walked to the city at 7:30 pm.  Along the way, we saw Brussels Cathedral.

Ivan showed me the main square la Grand Place.  He said it looks a lot better at night.

We found the restaurant Chez Leon on a very busy street filled with restaurants.  Ivan read online that this is the best place for mussels. We shared a good white beer.  Lil Dave got a banana pasta.  Ivan and I each got a 800 gram bucket filled with mussels: one with white wine and one with celery, onion and butter.  It came with pomme frites.  The mussels with celery, onion and butter was the best one.  The mussels were real good, but not the best we’ve had. 

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Ivan and I prefer the mussels at Comme Ca in The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.  I’ve never eaten so many mussels in one sitting in my life. It really was a LOT of mussels!

It was 9:30 pm and it was still light out.  There are many statues of the Pissing Man statue.  Ivan thought he’d get a drink.

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We went to the main square and then headed to the real Pissing Man statue. 

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I thought he would have been a lot bigger than he actually is.  I think he’s less than a foot tall. 

We walked across to the bar Poechenellekelder (say that three times really fast!!).  This bar is connected with the Pissing Man statue.  I think about 12 times a year this bar changes the outfit of the Pissing Man.  I wish he wasn’t naked and had an cute outfit on.  Oh, well next time.

We wanted to try a sour beer, but they didn’t have any.

Ivan remembered a cool bar with 250 beers nearby.  We went to Delerium and ordered two beers.  One beer was honey and the other was cherry. 

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I really liked the cherry one.  The beers are really strong here.  It’s best to ask how strong it is before drinking too many!

We saw the Pissing Woman statue in the courtyard of Delerium.  I couldn’t get a good picture of it since she’s behind a gate. After drinking our beers and realising that there is no way we could drink more than 4-5 of them because even just one (at 9% alcohol) made us feel tipsy, we jumped into a taxi and headed back to the apartment.

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Sunshine Graffiti

Ivan, Lil Dave and I woke up at 8:30 am on July 2, 2012.  We chilled in the apartment using the internet and I worked on the blog.

We went to Central London and had lunch at Whole Foods.  The new store in Piccadilly Circus has fresh food, health and beauty and a grocery. 

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Ivan noticed some cool window displays at Selfridges.  We also noticed a sign saying there’s a Big Rooftop Tea & Golf Party on the roof.  So, we headed to the roof to check out the mini golf course.  The course has cute things like Big Ben or Tower Bridge on the golf holes. 

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Ivan thought we shouldn’t play golf since it wasn’t anything special.  We chilled on lounge chairs and then headed downstairs.

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We got the bus to the Old Vic Tunnel.  It’s the only place in London where it’s legal to put graffiti on the walls.  The tunnel is filled with graffiti, some of it good, some of it amateur crap. 

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It’s sad that people will scribble their name on top of a good work of graffiti.  I think they’re just jealous.  I love graffiti.  I wish Las Vegas had some great graffiti.

It was raining and overcast – definitely a typical London day.

We got the bus to Oxford Street.  Ivan and I did a lot of shopping in Primark and Top Shop.  I love Primark since you can buy lots of cool clothes at a very reasonable price.  I wish Las Vegas had a Primark.

We walked to Covent Garden.  Ivan noticed that Jaime Oliver was sitting talking to three other people.  He has a new restaurant called Union Jacks opening up right in Covent Garden. 

We are still a bit jetlagged.  We don’t feel like zombies, but we go to sleep early around midnight and then wake up around 8 am.  Ivan thought we should stop for an espresso.  We went to All Bar One.  Whenever you order a hot drink here, you get a free shot glass filled with smarties.  Smarties are different in England – they’re similar to regular M&M’s. 

It was time for dinner.  We walked to the Thai restaurant Busaba Eathai.  Ivan got salmon curry while I got cod filet.  Lil Dave got banana stir fry.  The food was tasty.

We walked to the Savoy Theatre to see The Sunshine Boys.  We had great seats in the 2nd row.  The Sunshine Boys stars Danny DeVito and Richard Griffiths (Harry Potter movies).  It’s about two comedians Willie Clark and Al Lewis aka ‘The Sunshine Boys’ who haven’t spoken in years.  CBS wants to bring the duo back together for a tv show and that’s when things go wrong.  The old men fight and they really don’t like each other.  Danny Devito and Richard Griffiths were very funny.

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