|Dune buggy and the Ponte Newton Navarro, the signatures of Natal|
Watching the games was exhausting as each game trip was a seven or eight hour ordeal, fighting traffic to get to the stadium three hours in advance. Fighting traffic for two or more hours to get home. Between that and the rain, it did not leave much time for typical tourism, such as a dune buggy ride (which is supposed to be THE thing to do in Natal), or walking the nature trails of the Parque das Dunas (walking to the stadium and back four times was enough of a walking tour), or, and this last option I found out about way too late, a camel ride through the dunes.
|These are not the camels you can ride, although, perhaps, the fire extinguisher might come in handy|
|Along the Via Costeira|
There was a huge line at the Avis/Budget rental counter. Mostly Uruguayos, from what I could tell. coming in town early for the Italy/Uruguay game that will conclude the Natal portion of the World Cup. I waited about one minute, remembered that check-in took about 30 minutes per person, and barged to the front. The guy trying to pick up a car very politely allowed me to go ahead when I said I was running very late because my flight was leaving in 45 minutes. He was the only one at the whole counter who spoke English.