England: The Same Old Story

We arrived at the now-familiar surroundings of Sao Paulo’s Tiete bus station once again not long after 6am. Initial thoughts: it was cold. Even by UK standards, it was fairly chilly. My shorts/ t-shirt combo may have met it’s match. Due to a lack of space in my rucksack, I’d decided to gamble and travel…

The Return To Rio

We landed back in Rio at around 11am, this time at the domestic Santos Dumont Airport. The approach into SDU is incredible. Whichever route the pilot takes, and whichever side of the plane you’re sat on, the views are incredible. The airport is located much closer to the city, so Corcovado, Sugar Loaf Mountain, the…

Manaus

We arrived at the Sleep Inn, a hotel south of the airport, at about 4am. Manaus are an additional hour behind Rio, making it 5 hours behind the UK. Just a little extra thing to toy with our body clocks. The 4 hour flight was uncomfortable, but I still managed to sleep for most of…

Sao Paulo: The Opening Game

Our first experience of Brazil’s night buses took us from Rio to Sao Paulo as we journeyed away from the sunny shores of Zona Sul and into the concrete jungle of South America’s largest city for the opening game of the tournament. We caught the 00:05, a comfortable service with well-cushioned, reclining seats and air…

Our First Few Days In Rio

After settling in to our familiar accommodation in Barra, on the western side of Rio, Chris (Brunskill), Ben (Queenborough) and I decided to head out for a few drinks nearby with our host, Joe. Joe’s part of the Jennings Bookmakers family and a former school mate of mine from Framlingham, in Suffolk. He’s not shy of a…

2014 FIFA World Cup: The Journey Begins

A year on from the ‘World Cup warm-up’ that is the FIFA Confederations Cup, and the main event is now just around the corner. I’ve revisited my schedule, drawn up on an Excel spreadsheet, more times than I care to remember, checking and double-checking that everything has been accounted for. Every detail has been considered,…