Rio was great, the people are friendly and eager to help, even though I speak very limited Portuguese,
Marcelo is a good host, he arranged for me, to be met at the airport by his niece Gabriella and her brother Paulo.
Marcelo also helped me to get acquainted to Rio, he took me around the local area and showed me how to use the BRT and Metro, he even showed me how to get to Samba City on his free day, as I needed to collect my uniform for the Olympics.
Marcelo’s home is nice its on the second floor of a apartment block, my room had a celling fan, a TV on the wall, I had my own shower and toilet, I had use of the fridge, washer and cooker, although its so easy to eat out as the prices are very good, the area is very quiet, there are shops local to the apartment, the supermarket is a 3 minute walk away, the locals in the area are very friendly I got to know a few of them and although they had limited English we were able to chat via (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) translate, they all wanted to know about me and if I needed any help while I was in Brazil, (in the media in the UK prior to my travels, were warning us about the Zika virus and street robberies) well I felt very safe in my adopted city.
From Marcelo’s home, it’s about a 5 minute walk to either the BRT station or the Metro station, where you can get to anywhere in Rio. Travelling around Rio, is so easy, I used the BRT, which operates 24 hours a day, I used the BRT from 05:30 in the morning, you can either buy a ticket at the station or get a weekly pass, it costs R$3.80 per journey, the buses are frequent every few minutes and so easy to use, the Metro system is good and there is a train every 5 minutes as well although it does gets packed at times.
In conclusion, I would definitely return to Rio in the future, next time I will take my wife, and do the tourist think and see more sights that I was unfortunately missed out on, no fault of anyone just on my day off there was cloud cover so I couldn’t get to see Christ the redeemer or sugarloaf mountain. And I would defiantly use Marcelo’s home again if its available, as I said he’s a good host and has a lovely family, it felt like I was in my own home.