Rio De Janiero: Christ the Redeemer, considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World, overseas Rio from high upon a hill. Rio a city of great magnitude rises out of the sea over brimming with color, masses of people, and a montage of the new and old. The presence of Old Portuguese architecture is everywhere; crumbling pastel buildings, cobblestone streets, cathedrals, and cafes. White sandy beaches abound as do people of all colors and places that have blended and mixed; European, Indigenous, African, Caribbean, and Asian.
Brazil is hot and nothing seems to ease the heat and humidity of Brazil like a cold Caipirinha. The tangy National drink made of lime, Cachaca (Brazilian Sugar Cane Rum), and sugar, takes the edge off and cools the brain and body. We enjoyed many Caipirinha in Brazil as we watched the world go by from the comfort of a local café or under the shade of an umbrella at the famous white sandy beach of Rio de Janeiro called Ipanema. Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto sang a Samba masterpiece titled “The Girl from Ipanema”, which captures the mood of this dreamy beach. As rumor has it, people of all ages, sizes, and proportion wear Brazilian bikinis or tight Speedos. Contrary to popular belief, not all Brazilians have amazing bodies and tight bums. You find a little bit of everything in Rio: fat/skinny, rich/poor, beauty/devastation, new/old, the antiquated and the sophisticated. One commonality that is unmistakable is the comfortable and relaxed attitude that permeates the air and people. -Allison