By Astrid Gühnemann
After all the excitement of the WCTR and of starting my post-WCTR tour my age caught up with me today in the form of a cold. So I decided to have a slow day starting with a short walk in the morning to the Escadaria Selarón which are close to our hostel.
The ‘Magical Steps of Lapa’ as titled in The Rio Times (http://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/rio-travel/the-magical-steps-of-lapa-2/) are an impressive piece of art, which inspired us to think we should create something similar on the steps to ITS so that every ITS alumni can leave a lasting impression. Well, health and safety will never allow it, but it was a nice idea anyway.
While the younger and fitter colleagues were off to conquer sugarloaf mountain by climbing or cable car I then walked a few hours around the Central Business District in the city centre where interesting pieces of modern and old architecture can be detected, such as the Palácio Gustavo Capanema and the Palácio Tiradentesas shown in the pictures above and below.