I’ve never been good at getting a good night’s sleep. It’s a cliché I know, but it really does apply to me: when I have to get up for work it’s a real struggle and then on weekends I seem to be unable to sleep past 7.30am… Well yesterday my body-clock decided to mix things up a bit.
I had a weird dream that my Dad and I were having a meal here in Brazil, but the chef was slightly posh and English (as is my Dad). The chef came over to ask how the food was and my Dad proceeded to detail all the ways in which it was sub-standard (this is quite realistic). An excruciatingly awkward silence descended on the restaurant after my father had delivered his verdict and at this point the social anxiety got to much for me and I woke up with palpitations (you can tell I’m English right?).
Not exactly a life-changing trauma, but as I recovered I realised that I was now fully awake and it didn’t feel like I would get back to sleep. A glance at the clock told me it was just after 6am – a glance out of the window suggested it might be worth grabbing the camera!
I decided that now I was up I’d make some coffee, grab my camera and take a few snaps. I also put some laundry in the washing machine and felt the smug glow of someone who knows they have achieved several things before 7am – this was a novel experience for me…
We have a great view of the flightpath of planes as they come in to land at the airport in Guanabara Bay. And I’ve always wanted to catch this next shot – one of Rio’s most iconic landmarks, Pão de Açucar (Sugarloaf Mountain), a plane bringing tourists and business people into the city, and a favela housing some of Rio’s poorest residents.
When I say “a great view”, I mean a great view until just before they land – then there is a big ugly building in the way.
So these were my morning photos. I’ll file this post under ‘Musings’ (my euphemism for general waffle) though perhaps it could be viewed as Something To Do in Rio: wake up really early and watch the sunrise from somewhere with a good view. Alternatively you could just stay up all night partying…
I’ll leave you with a little ‘multiplicity’ shot of a plane as it makes its way over the bay.