I’ve now been in Cadiz for three weeks and it’s fair to say that I’m pretty much settled here. I’ve found a flat, got started with my job and even won the work pub quiz last week. Yes, Cadiz has now gone from a maze of confusing streets to somewhere that I can call home, at least until June.
Although June is many months away, this week it has been all I have thought about. On Monday afternoon, after many desperate hours of staring at my computer screen, I succeeded in securing not one but two tickets for an event that in my mind is possibly even more exciting than the London Olympics last year: the football World Cup in football crazy Brazil.
A whole month of first class international football every day in a country that holds a strong claim to the title of the home of the world’s greatest game. Kick abouts on the Copacabana, the newly renovated Maracana stadium, the first World Cup since 1950 in a country that is developing rapidly and is rightly one of the world’s most exciting destinations. Brazil summer 2014 is going to be something special and I’ll be there!
However, it’s the getting there that’s the tricky bit. You see, the idea of being in Brazil whilst the world’s 32 best national teams are playing is quite a popular one. And the airlines and hotels know it. You can pretty much double the cost of any normal flight to Brazil over June and July. The hotels and hostels are just as bad. I genuinely saw one hostel advertising a private room in Rio for £2000. For one night.
My budget stretches to paying about 1% of that cost. Who on earth has that sort of money? Despite the shocking hikes in prices, there are ways and means of staying in Brazil on the cheap. Using sites like AirBnB is useful as they have great accommodation without the silly prices. Also making use of overnight buses as distances in Brazil are long and the buses are generally of a good standard. With a lot of preplanning, hence doing it eight months in advance, I can get a fairly priced flight and good accommodation without breaking the bank.
The road to Rio has begun!