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Mar 30, 2014 - March 30, 2014 – Regatta, Day at Sea on way to Salvador, Brazil

March 30, 2014 – Regatta, Day at Sea on way to Salvador, Brazil We woke up fairly early and had breakfast. We were almost finished eating when Guto showed up. We had been visiting with Fred and Betty from New Jersey who were seated at the next table. She had studied the Amazon in 4th grade and had always wanted to see the Amazon. When Guto came, we introduced him as our guide. A lady sitting at another table got bug-eyed at that. She finally mustered up the nerve to come over and ask how 2 women traveling alone had their own guide! We...

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Mar 29, 2014 - March 29, 2014 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

March 29, 2014 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil This morning began with a quick breakfast and checkout before Guto’s lecture. Here are a few of the highlights of that lecture: In prehistory time there were 5 million Indians in Brazil. In 1500 the 1st Portuguese arrived led by Pedro Celvado Cabral. The 1st colonization was in 1530. In 1532, King Joao II divided the coast into 15 areas – each with its own governor. However, 4 of them never happened and only 2 were truly established. In 1538, the 1st African slaves were imported to work in the mines...

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Mar 28, 2014 - March 28, 2014 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

March 28, 2014 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil This morning we had breakfast in the hotel. It was a buffet on which there was a wide selection of items ranging from scrambled eggs and bacon to the more European breakfast of cheese and sausages. There was a great variety of fruit, breads and sweet rolls. All of us had breakfast together. After breakfast Roderigo met us in the lobby and escorted us to our van where we met our driver Mr. Clayton. We were going to go into central Rio where some of the old buildings have been preserved. It took almost...

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Mar 27, 2014 - March 26-27, 2014 – Cleveland, Texas to Rio Janeiro, Brazil

March 26-27, 2014 – Cleveland, Texas to Rio Janeiro, Brazil March 26 – I was only 30 minutes from the airport and my plane didn’t leave until 3:05 p.m. so I had a leisurely morning at the motel before heading off to the airport. I got there in plenty of time, got Cadfael parked and to the airport by 12:15. There was no line at the American desk so I got checked in quickly. I had gotten a global pass so I was able to jump the security line as well as not take the computer out of my bag. I shouldn’t have had to take off my shoes, but they set...

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Mar 18, 2014 - To Market

I had one goal for Sunday and that was to go to the market and buy souvenirs for my loved ones. I was so focused on the purchasing part, I didn't take any photos. However, I did get some photos as we were walking back to the hotel. We stopped at one of numerous beach restaurants and had shrimp on the shore. Michael and I ordered the last two coconuts- yum!! It was a lovely walk back all along Copacabana as we strolled along the cobblestone. We stopped some time later for an ice-cream treat. There are approximately 7.8 million people in...

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Mar 18, 2014 - Copacabana

For 30 Reals (pronunciation: Hey-eyes and approximately half of a Canadian dollar) we rented four beach chairs and an umbrella. The Hotel let us use 2 of their umbrellas as well as long, but narrow beach towels. Michael and I scooped a spot and waited a bit for Mom and Dad. I fell asleep in the shade of the umbrella. Most notable on the beach are the countless vendors that approach you wanting to sell their wares. From paintings to sunglasses, these people resemble mule-carts weighed down in the hot, hot sun. "Nao falo Portugese," I...

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Mar 18, 2014 - Last Night in Rio

To finish our last evening in Brasil, we visited the world-famous staircase embellished by Chilean Jorge Selaron, who covered the face of 250 steps in tiles outside of his home. The tiles come from over 60 countries around the world as people learned of his labour-of-love. To get to the location we took the metro subway. I was very impressed that they offered a female-only line until 5:00 pm so the women could get home to their families. It was still very full of women at 5:10 when we boarded as a family. We disembarked at the Cinelandia...

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Mar 18, 2014 - Ipanema Beach

The sunset truly was breath-taking. Words are unnecessary. As a community, we clapped after the disc was nestled behind the mountains. We lingered at the beach for a while before walking the same route back. Once again we stopped for a refreshment. We meandered through the median between the expressways where the sidewalk market is held. Michael was specifically looking for a Brasil T-shirt, which we found in short order. Unlike the night before, we stopped again for a second milkshake about two blocks from our hotel. Mom, Dad and I had...

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Mar 17, 2014 - Elevator conversation

I love to guess where people are from as they enter the elevator. "Bom dia," (sounds like Bon gia) I say in the customary Portugese greeting. "Buongiorno," a man replies. I search the recesses of my language reserves, but not quick enough. He offers that he is from Italy. This sparks further conversation. He is here as a consultant in the final stages of a copper mining operation. On another occasion, we learned that a couple was from Russia. As visions of Red Square popped into my head and the rich history of their country, the husband...

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Mar 16, 2014 - Samba

Our evening began with a delicious "rodizio" style of dining. This is where many different types of barbecued meats are brought to the table after a healthy serving of various breads. And the olives!!! Big, fat, juicy and slightly tart. First is the sausage, then a chicken and finally beef fillets served with fried onions and a fried banana. They also brought French fries and onion rings; but they were somewhat lost on us for familiarity. Near 9:30 we were escorted to the top floor. The highlight of the evening was about to begin. Shortly...

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Mar 16, 2014 - Cathedral

To end our city tour, we drove past the most historic area of the city where a park dates back to the sixteenth century! We didn't stop here unfortunately. We continued on to the most modern area along the Chilean Avenue where the impressive modern cathedral stands. Being a predominately Catholic country, there were adoring worshipers kneeling in the pews and lifting their hands to the glass-enclosed symbols of the saints. The most striking, and admittedly moving, experience for me was to see the worn hand of the statue of Jesus. Far...

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Mar 16, 2014 - City Tour

After our amazing breakfast, we shared a tour with neighbours from around the world including a couple from Tel Aviv and friends from Taiwan. Our guide was very professional and made the experience fun. He expertly led us to the "brother" mountains Rio is famous for. We took a tram from Mt. Caminho (spelling?) to the top of Sugarloaf. As expected, it's name is derived from the shape the Portugese recognized after sugar was processed into sugar loaves. We also learned that the discovery was made on the first of January but they thought the...

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