Die-hard soccer fans find unique accomodations in Rio
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 01:22
Jun. 17 - Amid sky-high hotel costs, fervent soccer fans in Rio De Janeiro have found plenty of unconventional spots to stay. Jeanne Yurman reports.
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The World Cup is drawing hundreds of thousands of soccer fans.
Not all of them can afford the current sky-high hotel rates.
So they are grabbing whatever spot they can to be near the center of the action.
For some, like Emili Javier Ramos, that means sleeping on the beach.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MEXICAN SOCCER FAN, EMILI JAVIER RAMOS, SAYING:
"Look, it's an adventure. We all came here to have an adventure. We have no place to stay and if we can stay on the beach, why not? That's how friends are made, right? Because the World Cup unites us all. The World Cup is one big cup. Yes or no?"
For others, it means camping out at the bus station where a team flag and a squishy soccer ball become makeshift bedding.
These die-hard fans are skipping high hotel costs and the unique accommodations give them a great home base for sight seeing, according to nineteen-year-old Mathias Laje.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ARGENTINE SOCCER FAN, MATHIAS LAJE, SAYING:
"Yesterday I was in a Rio neighborhood called Lapa and today we came over here because we wanted to visit the Christ the Redeemer (Statue). We are heading out early. We want to keep touring Brazil because it is very beautiful."
And if you travel to the Leme and Copacabana districts, soccer lovers have found that buses and vans work just fine for overnight stays.
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