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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.
We all left the Annapurna with a bit of sorrow wishing we could have stayed longer, but we know Kathmandu will be another amazing adventure.
Our first stop was to an orphanage to drop off warm jackets for the children. During the summer I had a lemonade stand with my friend Olivia. The money we earned went towards the orphanage. The children have been through some pretty horrible things in their life so it was nice to give back and help them.
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This doghouse isn’t just for the family pet. Sweet Willy is a 30-foot-tall (9 meters) beagle with guest rooms in his belly. Climb the wooden stairs beside his hind leg to enter the door in his side. You can relax in the main bedroom, go up a few steps to the loft in Willy’s head, or hang out inside his nose. Gotta “go?” Although you have a full private bathroom in your quarters, there’s also a toilet in the 12-foot-tall (3.6 meters) fire hydrant outside. You can find the Dog Bark Park Inn B&B in Cottonwood, Idaho.
Read about more of the world’s wackiest hotels in the February issue of National Geographic Kids magazine, on newsstands now.
Find out about cool vacation destinations on National Geographic Kids. http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/Stories/PeoplePlaces/Cool-vacations
The Global Bros stayed in some pretty cool locations during their year-long trip! Relive their adventure and read their blog. http://kidsblogs.nationalgeographic.com/globalbros/
Text adapted from the February 2010 issue of National Geographic Kids magazine
Photograph courtesy Dog Bark Park
Out of the numerous, beautiful hotels we resided at over the course of the expedition, although it is hard to choose a favorite, I think we all utterly enjoyed spending the night at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, a private, mountainside reserve in Aguas Calientes, a small village that sits right alongside the train tracks and the Vilcanota River. (Up against gigantic towering mountains, it is almost as if Aguas Calientes is a tiny toy town!)
Nestled cozily at the foot of jungle-blanketed mountains, not only was it an absolutely stunning inn, complete with beautiful outdoor plazas and stone-covered walkways, profuse and teeming with a vibrant array of delicate, blossoming flowers and native Peruvian decorations, but the Inkaterra was also a great educator–one that taught us all a meaningful lesson.
The rooms made us feel like we were lodging in a small, quaint cottage – a bungalow, really. The doors were made of tall, dark timber, and ivory-colored walls surrounded them. To our surprise, there were no doorknobs or key-card slots on the doors. There was a huge iron keyhole, though. We were each given a large metal ring with a single, old-fashioned key hanging from it to unlock our timber doors so that we could step inside our rooms.
The ceilings of the rooms were ashen, with coffee-colored timber rods and beams stretching across from wall to wall, like in a little cabin (they called the rooms “casitas”). Blanketing the beds were soft white sheets and a brightly checkered throw. A welcoming, comfortable set of brown chairs and a short wooden table sat in the corner by two tall windows overlooking the exquisite scenery of the hotel. The bathrooms were small and modest, consisting of a short sink, toilet, and crammed–but luxurious–shower.
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