The Cristo! Rio De Janeiro {Part 3}

On our very last day we packed in anything and everything we could! Of course we had to start our day at Cafeina, with fresh OJ, fresh papaya, bread, cheese, turkey, and honey & jam! And then we spent the rest of the day venturing up to the Cristo. WOW. Words can't describe how amazing that statue is – and the view of Rio was spectacular!! At 130 feet tall, the Cristo is a religious icon for Christianity as well as a cultural icon for Brazil. His open arms represent peace, but originally the plan was to have a globe in one hand and a cross in other. At the bottom of the statue, there was a beautiful little chapel. Photos were not permitted, but I will tell you, it was small yet wonderful!

I had to end with one of my favorite snacks (while in Brazil) from BB Launches, a little Suco Bar on Joe's street. Pastel de carne, somewhat like a beef empanada, but there's a small surprise in it... half of a hard boiled egg! Call me crazy, but they're delicious and I guess you'll just have to try for yourself! Oh yeah, and of course I couldn't leave with out fresh acai and granola.

Brazil, I miss you dearly!

Rio De Janeiro {Part 2}

The adventures continued, from late nights at Vellosa Bar, to the steps of Santa Teresa, and one of my favorites: hang gliding! We really packed in a lot in our 10-day trip. Joe's friend, Brad (an american also working in Brazil), was a wonderful asset to our trip. He spoke Portuguese very well, and was willing to talk for Catie and I (major relief!) and hung out with us for most of the trip while Joe was working. Like I said, one of my favorite adventures was hang gliding; the first series of photos. Our guide, Paulo, was a peach. He let us each have an almost 35-minute ride (usually 15-20 minutes)! We were up in the mountains and clouds, looking down upon the beach and the gorgeous houses with their own fancy pools. We also landed on the beach!

Another must-see in Rio, that we did was the tiled steps of Santa Teresa. They were truly amazing! Selaron, the artist, was actually sitting on the steps painting that day! He claims they will never be finished; he is always adding and editing, like a true artist! 
*Note the Michael Jackson, Guns & Roses, and Bob Marley tiles. YUP-– my favorite ones!

Oh, and that mouth-watering sandwich, lunch at Cafeina of course!
{what? I told you we love that little spot! Oh, and we almost always sat at the same table}

Rio De Janeiro

These photos are from the first few days after Buzios, in Rio. With Joe working most of the day, Catie and I explored the beaches and the town. I was loving the grainy sand, the crashing waves, and the fresh coconuts. On Joe's street, we started just about every day with a coffee from Cafeina and then leisurely went about our day from there, in true vacation style. It wasn't too hard to get around knowing only a few words in Portuguese. It was a beautiful language and would like to learn more of it one day! The last few photos, are from our dinner at "Garota de Ipanem" ((translation The Girl from Ipanema)). A famous little spot, where the song was written by Vinicius de MoraesIt was by far one of my favorite authentic Brazilian meals! The steak cooked on a hot plate that sat at your table and was accompanied with rice, beans, and a flour-like crispy dish that you coated your steak with.

Beautiful Búzios

Our very first day in Brazil, we landed in Rio de Janeiro around 9:30 am. We were picked up at the airport shortly after, and arrived at Joe's apartment to meet his friend Brad. Brad decided the best thing for us to do on our first day is check out a local Cafe (it soon became Catie and mine's favorite breakfast spot) and take us up to see an amazing view of the city from Pão de Açúcar, in English it's known as Sugarloaf Mountain. 
Some photos from our view:

Our first weekend in Brazil, was spent at a beautiful house in Búzios with some of Joe's co-workers and friends! Words cannot explain how wonderful the beaches were and how charming the house was we rented... some photos from the weekend:

embalagem para Brasil

Woot woot! This time tomorrow, I will be on my flight to Brazil :)
((hopefully sleeping for most of it, fingers crossed))

The past few days have been a whirl-wind of packing and prepping, but mostly packing and re-packing. Sunday evening, I attempted to start and this is how I left it...

 Last night around 8 my room looked more like this...

and finally by midnight I am almost there... 

Welp - time to get back to packing! Can't wait to share the photos and stories in a few weeks!

Bring on the sunshine, the beaches, adventures, and whatever else may come our way!

Spontaneous spending

Spontaneous spending for me these days seem to be tickets to concerts, plane trips to visit friends, and many road trips for new adventures! My most recent purchase was... 
{drum roll please} 


Are you nuts?! I asked myself this very question just after purchasing it, but then became incredibly excited! I am going with a good friend, Catie, to visit one of our friends from college who is living and working in Rio de Janeiro. Call me crazy, but I think it could be classified as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! The trip is in October, so I think it's much too soon to begin a countdown... maybe 20 or so days out it can begin :)