We had an awesome time. Mitch picked a gorgeous hotel on Copacabana beach, a stone's throw from Ipanema. And everyone at the hotel spoke English, but I found myself using my portuguese a lot, so I could set myself apart from the loud Americans. Because, I'm native now, you know? We hired a guide to show us around Rio (not the famous stuff, but cool, out-of-the-way places, and of course, tons of architecture) the first day, which was amazing and exhausting. Then, we lazed around the rest of the time, gorging ourselves on seafood and caipirinhas. One weird thing, every night at dinner (around 9:30-10pm because I'm native now, did I tell you?), I broke out in hives and my eyes glued shut. Last night was the worst, because my throat kind of closed up a little. Nothing a
The kids did great without us. Jack even organized a treasure hunt for chocolate gold coins left by the "Leprechaun" on St. Paddy's Day and played tooth fairy to Olivia, who had the misfortune of losing a molar.
More about our trip to Rio here, and here.
I can't begin to describe how much I loved Rio, so here's a handful of pics from our trip:
|Neimeyer's MAC Museum in Niteroi|
|Inside of Monastery of São Bento|
|Outside of Monastery of São Bento built in 1590!|
|View from Parque da Cidade|
|Random cuties playing in front of their house.|
|We waited all day for Christ the Redeemer to come out of the clouds. Turns out, we had to get high enough to see that he was above the clouds! Rio below.|
|Our hotel balcony, where we had a three hour lunch while watching beachgoers at Copacabana|
|Art from the Hippie Fair|
|Pão de Açúcar|
|Our mom and dad went to Rio and all we got were these lousy tank tops.|