We arrived in the city of color and samba, Rio de Janeiro, with our eyes wide open. Our home the first three nights was Bossa, in the historic part of town called Santa Teresa. We spent our days exploring the city and taking in all the sites. We started with two huge landmarks Sugar Loaf (the big rock in the pictures of Rio) and Christ the Redeemer, both were incredible. I have seen pictures of this giant statue my whole life so standing there next to him was truly amazing.
Up on the top of the hill there was a great view of the city.
in particular was Maracana, the famous soccer stadium they are
renovating for the world cup which will be held throughout Brazil in
2014. Brazil is also hosting the Olympics in 2016. On Friday evening we
listened to Samba, the traditional music of Rio, in a little café.
Everest was so tired he fell asleep in his soup (literally). The singer
had a very deep, powerful voice and was super talented.
The next day we
toured a Favela (the less fortunate part of town), where colorful
houses were stacked on top of each other in one big labyrinth and there
was only one street for a community filled with over one half a million
people. After the tour I realized that even though their homes aren’t
as nice they are still just like you and me. They love their family,
they go to school and learn the same things we do and then they come
home and do their homework and play with their friends.
After a few
really busy days we left the historic center and moved to one of Rio’s
famous beaches Leblon. We were celebrating Easter in style. We stayed
at a nice hotel with a big pool, a kids club and an ocean front beach.
The kids club had all kinds of Easter activities like egg hunts, a dance
contest, bunny basket making, and much more. On Easter morning the
Easter Bunny came to visit. He delivered jumbo chocolate eggs filled
with M&Ms. Mom and Dad also had a few surprises; famous Brazilian
Haviana flip-flops, a horse neck lace and some candy of course. We
spent our day going from the ocean to the pool and at the end of the day
we were so pruney. For Easter dinner we had picnic under the stars
watching the animated movie Rio. It was really fun to be laying there
watching the same scenery as in the movie on the screen in front of us.
The next morning we were off to the bus stop station. Next stop Salvador
de Bahia, one of the most colorful and important sea ports in Brazil’s