Last week, I dropped off my application for a Visa to the Brazilian consulate – get to pick up next week. Also arranged for my vet to take care of my cat while I am away.
This week, I purchased travel insurance, a few pairs of cheap sunglasses, and a cell phone.
Why cheap sunglasses? Well, Rio de Janiero is a dangerous city where locals love to pluck tourists of their valuables. Advice from travel books and people I have spoken with is to not bring any fancy purses, wear flashy jewellery, brand name sunglasses etc. I have heard tales of children armed with daggers, people are known swarm you, and even rip earrings right off your ears! Ouch. I bought 3 pairs of sunglasses at Forever 21 for $5 each. If I am mugged, I will gladly hand over my cheap sunglasses. Steal away little children, steal away.
Why a cell phone? For reasons described above, I am certainly not bringing my Blackberry. Also, I do not want to pay Rogers ridiculously high-priced roaming fees. So, I purchased a very cheap unlocked GSM phone form Tiger Direct. I’ll put my SIM card in the phone and text friends/family daily to advise whether or not I am alive and kicking. I can also use the cell phone in case of emergency. Another pro, I can use the phone when I am home for back-up purposes should be Blackberry die or have to be sent in for repair. It’s a temperamental little beast, so I can see that actually happening.
More to do still before I go! Can’t wait until I am there. Pictures of beaches and mountains now dance in my head!