Installment #5: NEW YEAR’S EVE. RIO DE JANEIRO, BRASIL From Christ the Redeemer to Sugar Loaf to ringing in the New Year on Copacabana with fabulous new friends, Rio de Janeiro definitely didn’t disappoint – despite being 114 (46) degrees. FELIZ ANO NOVO!
Since we were pretty exhausted on New Year’s Day, we all slept in and headed over to Ipanema Beach for the afternoon. It was so hot that I spent solid 4.5 hours in the water (day 4 and, yes, still 114 degrees). We watched the sunset from the water and it was outstanding, even though […]
As midnight approached, 2.3 million people arrived on Copacabana. The main stage and smaller stage were pulsing – people were dancing, drinking, and chatting, all while trying to avoid stepping on pieces of broken glass and smashed beer cans. Time was flying by and, suddenly, everyone started the countdown: “dez, nove, oito, sete, seis, cinco, […]
And finally, the day had come: New Year’s Eve, Rio de Janeiro, 2013-2014. Rio is known for being one of the best places in the world to ring in the New Year, and I was about to witness it firsthand. Last year I was numb with cold counting down to midnight in Times Square, so […]
We woke up the following morning bright and early in hopes of beating the lines to Cristo Redentor, Christ the Redeemer. We headed to Corcovado to find out that none of the trains were running up the mountain. After befriending some guys from Tasmania, we were able to split a cab and avoid the technical […]
From frigid Antarctica to sweltering Rio de Janeiro. I arrived at 2am and was immediately dragged to a favella party. Within an hour of arriving in Brasil I had a caipirinha in hand and was staring at an illuminated Cristo Redentor. Quite a beginning to the last leg of my journey. I slept in a […]
Take me back. This past week I went to Itaparica, Brasil and had the time of my life. I’ve always been a Club Med girl and have been wanting to go to Club Med Itaparica since I was 9 years old. Well, it didn’t disappoint. This was hands down the most relaxing vacation I have […]
I grew up with the opportunity to go to Club Med every year thanks to my great-grandpa’s generosity. When I was 9 years old I was sitting at the breakfast table in the Dominican Republic playing with the placemats — each one had pictures from various Club Meds around the world. I spotted Itaparica, thought […]