Mitchell Goes Nuts in Brazil!
One of our very lucky service desk technicians won an all expenses trip to Rio for the World Cup courtesy of Mirus IT and the CI Group - lets see what he got up to...
"After a quick touchdown in Amsterdam, we were on our way and excitement was high as me and my travelling companion landed at Rio de Janeiro-Galeão international. We transferred to The Copacabana Paria Hotel which was a stones throw from the beach, and once we had opened all the cupboards in our room, seen what freebies we had in the bathroom and admired the view from the balcony we headed off through the winding narrow streets to meet the rest of our group at a local restaurant and have our first dinner in the carnival capital of the world!
The next Morning we awoke with the adrenaline to get out and explore overpowering any jetlag we should have been feeling. We walked along the world famous Copacabana Beach with its clear blue sea framed by the beautiful Mountains behind. After a refreshing Caipirinha, a favourite local drink made from distilling sugar cane juice, we headed up to the statue of Christ the Redeemer on the Corcovado train and surveyed Rio from 2,326 feet.
We made our way back down and strolled over to Ipanema Beach, where we couldn't help but hum a few bars of the famous 'Girl from Ipanema' in our best Astrid Gilberto voices before meeting up with the rest of our group for lunch.
Deciding between a dip in the sea and more exploring was tough but we decided to adventure up the funicular railway to Sugarloaf Mountain, which really does give you the most impressive views of the city; Guanabara bay, Botofogo beach, Copacabana and glorious Rio Di Janeiro laid out in-between.
Drinking Coconut milk straight from the husks we made it back down the mountain and to the hotel in time for dinner and to get changed into our England shirts ready to walk down to the FIFA fan zone on the beach to watch the England v Italy match...
The next morning we backed our beach bags and spent most of the day relaxing on the beach, we had a feeling we were going to need our strength later and we were right!
We left the hotel that afternoon and headed out to Estadio Do Maracana for the Argentina v Bosnia world cup match and after a 2 hour stop-start traffic jam we arrived. From there it was nearly a 2 mile walk to the stadium but once inside, among the bright lights of the arena, the football chanting and the palatable excitement of the fans, it was all worth it!
With a little bit of help from Lionel Messi, Argentina reigned supreme that evening and we left with very croaky voices and extremely high spirits.
The next day it was time to say farewell to the home of the 2014 World cup and head home, but it wasn't tinged with sadness as I couldn't wait to tell everyone about my trip of a lifetime! It's something I will remember always, thank you to everyone for their generosity! "