Rio de Janeiro. Wow, what a city. From the slide show, one can see that the views are spectacular. Here is a list of other things that happened in my time there:
- Beach time! We went to a beach which is down the street from Vania’s house.
- Bikinis and beach wear everywhere! In this part of Brazil, it is completely normal for people to go pretty much anywhere in every type of bikini with any type of body. Here, the weather is so hot, that is a norm.
- Headed back to Vania’s house for a “Churrasco” which is a Brazilian barbecue to celebrate Fernanda’s birthday. This had to be one of the best barbecues I have ever eaten. Everything was savory and tender... Amazing!!
Do you know what this is? These are hearts of chicken. This is a typical item at a Churrasco.
Here it is raw on the left, cooked on the right.
- At night, we set out to go to the Carnival in Rio. I have been to Carnival in the Dominican Republic which was just complete mayhem and a bit dangerous. I have to admit, I was a bit apprehensive about going. But then, Fernanda and her friends explained what it was really about. At Carnival, the best Samba schools compete to get the number one position. This completely calmed my fears and I was excited to see some SAMBA :)
- We arrived in the central part of Rio where the competition was taking place. There were so many people and from every part of the world to be at Carnival. Unfortunately, the ticket price went up and we were not able to get in. We were only able to see what was going on just outside the stadium. Eventually, we left tired and wiped out...
- On our way home, we ran into another Carnival celebration that was taking place in one of the neighboring towns. Now, even though it was not the big celebration going on in downtown Rio, I really enjoyed this smaller Carnival. We were very close to the dancers and the children dancing the Samba were impressive. (I will try to post pictures of this night tomorrow)
- The following day, we took the day to see all the popular beach hot spots around Rio.
- From “Very Afluent” Leblon,
- “Beach City” Barra da Tijuca,
- “Party town” Ipanema,
- and “The Famous” Copacabana. I have never beach hopped so much in one day!!
- On our last day in Rio, I finally woke up early enough to make the pancakes for everyone, which were a huge hit!
- Cristo Redentor: The famous statue that overlooks the entire city of Rio. This massive statue overlooks the city and is a symbol of Rio. Though it was cloudy, we trecked up the mountain and took some pictures. And the views... Intense!!
- At night, we said goodbye to Vania and flew to Brasilia which is where Fernanda, Marcelo & Ana live.
More pictures are on their way!!