Rio de Janeiro, Obrigada.

7 Oct

Well, trying to keep up with this blog has proven to be a bit of a challenge, but, I’ll try my darnedest to sum up my marvelous Rio experience in one short(ish) blog post:

Day one in Rio was a 24 hour whirlwind. It started at 9 am when I landed, and ended at precisely the same time the next day. Yes. My exquisite friend Jenny joined me for the Rio portion of my trip, and lucky for us we both landed at just about the same time. Granted, it took a good two hours for us to find each other at the airport sans cell phone or a well thought out plan, but no matter, we were finally in each other’s company and on our way. We had some unexpected twists and turns (dodging shady taxi drivers, desperately searching for our apartment, begging a stubborn, non-English speaking Brazilian woman to make a phone call for us, searching for a bank ATM that would accept our cards, 6 to be exact, and grocery shopping-no drama there), but eventually we were all settled in and ready to meet up with Angela, Svend and Stephen for a nice quiet concert in the park Rock in Rio. Think Coachella, but cleaner, more crowded, and in Portuguese. The headliners that night were Katy Perry, Rihanna, and Sir Elton John, all of whom put on incredible performances. There we were, in front of front row, standing next to the security guards and photojournalists, watching the performers dead-on. Uh-mazing experience:

The main stage.

Elton John was amazing. B-B-B-Bennie and the Jets.

And my absolute favorite picture of the night…this is how people look when Rihanna comes on stage.  So many awesome faces to appreciate.

We left the festival at around 3 a.m., which would seem like a good time to go home and sleep. But, no, not in Rio. Instead we danced the night away on a yacht until we saw this:

My first Rio de Janeiro sunrise.

But Jenny and I didn’t let a little lack of sleep, and perhaps a slight hangover, keep us from exploring our new, strange, beautiful paradise. We hit the ground running. I’ll let the photos explain the next 9 days:

Our first good look at Rio de Janeiro, on our way up to visit Cristo Redentor.

Cristo Redentor, standing 130 ft. tall.

Walking along the shoreline of this adorable fishing village in Urca.

Seeing Rio from the top of Pão de Açúcar (Had to borrow this from somewhere online)

Botanical Gardens.

Botanical Gardens.

Soccer Match. Botafogo vs. Sao Paolo. The Brazilians had so much energy, so much passion for the game! Frustratingly enough, It ended in a tie.

Me and Jenny and Rio.

Ipanema sunset.

There’s so much more to share, but hopefully this sums it up well enough.

As much as I loved Rio, however, there were a few things that I couldn’t tell if they made me want to laugh or cry, or perhaps both at the same time…

Speedos. Everywhere.

Justin Bieber posters. Everywhere. (Camera wouldn’t focus. It’s on a Bieber ban.)

Taxi drivers watching movies whilst driving, contributing to the already insanely chaotic roads of Rio.

Guidelines for those who rent the apartment we stayed at. This was framed in our kitchen. Please, if you have a moment to read it, it’s priceless.

and last but not least, buttock implants (photo unavailable).

All in all, Rio de Janeiro was such a blast and I would go back in a heartbeat. Next stop: Iguazu Falls!

9 Responses to “Rio de Janeiro, Obrigada.”

  1. Natalie Mosqueda October 7, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    Hey April!!!! Loving your blogs, please keep them coming!! Im so happy to see you traveling and enjoying the world!!! Have a wonderful journey!!! Miss you!!! 🙂

  2. Dad October 7, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

    Looks awesome! And it makes me want to go there myself and check it out (sans crazy concert audience, though). I’m glad you;re having such a great time, and I can see why. partying on a yacht? Hanging with the jet set? Staying up all night and then some? Hangovers? This is not the little Manzanita I remember! 🙂

    I’m looking forward to pictures from the Iguazu Falls and Buenos Aires. I miss you and love you.


    • onelittleapple onebigworld October 7, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

      Well, it was an experience to be had. I’m sure the rest of my trip will be a far cry from day one in Rio 🙂

      • Big Sissy October 11, 2011 at 6:17 am #

        daddy acts like he never lived the life of a gypsy!

        love these pics sissy and i especially love the apartment rules- only one girl at a time and she can’t be a screamer LOLOLOL

        i’m so proud of you. can’t wait to see you.


  3. jenny easter October 7, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    your pictures are wonderful! Awww it makes me miss you and rio! I love the picture of the taxi driver watching movies. see you soon 🙂


  4. LAbackpackerChick October 11, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

    Nice recap! I haven’t started while traveling traveling yet but I’m sure it will be challenging.

    Remember and to help make your funds last!

    Have fun and don’t hesitate to ask me any questions 🙂

  5. Yannis October 13, 2011 at 12:36 am #

    This is amazing! Wish I were there!

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