Fun (and work) in Rio de Janeiro

August 20, 2014

Dear Family and Friends,

I hope you are having a nice week. My time in Rio has been awesome and I’m excited to have a few more days here. Here’s what I’ve been doing:

photo 4 (2)On Saturday night after writing I went to Lapa. I had dinner and capirinhas and met a group of people who work as a crew for a big yacht that is sitting at one of the Marinas here. The rich owner is at his house on land. I think they’ve been here since late April. Two of the crew members were from the Boston area – the captain from Maine and the engineer from Duxbury – so it was nice to speak to them and hear those familiar accents. Other crew members were from Panama, Argentina, etc. Lapa was interesting and had great people watching. I was able to see all sorts of things from my outdoor table.

Sunday morning I woke up and headed to Pao de Acucar (Sugar Loaf Mountain) to see the view. I rode the cable car and while on the mountain hung out with a couple from New York. They were trying to find someone to take a decent picture of them and we realized we all spoke English. After the mountain I went with that couple to the “hippy market” (crafts and art market) that they had planned to visit. It was right near my hotel so very convenient and I joined happily. Tphoto 2 (3)here were some pretty cool crafts and some beautiful paintings. The couple bought me a cool bracelet as a gift because I paid for the cab ride (I was going to have to take a cab ride anyway)! For lunch I went to a fancy rustic place where I had a ridiculous burger with walnuts and pears and blue cheese sauce on it – that’s what they recommend. I opted for salad instead of fries.

After that, I spent the afternoon walking along Ipanema and Copacababa beach. photo 1 (3)There are many miles to walk. On Sundays the roads along the beaches are all closed and everyone comes out to chill. Sunday night I went to a great restaurant called ZaZa in the Ipanema neighborhood. I could walk there. One of my drinks (pictured) had vodka, strawberries, hot pepper, basil leaves, coconut water, and cranberry juice, with a rim of white and milk chocolates. YEAH!!

Monday was a work day and I spent all day in the Barra neighborhood at the supermarket and the mall. I went for a run in the afternoon after getting home (after sitting in tons of traffic). In the evening, I went to drink beers and eat bar snacks on Copacabana beach with the boat crew friends I met on Saturday. It was low key and relaxing. Along the beaches there are just kiosks with tables and snacks.

IMG_0999Yesterday was another work day. I had a meeting and then I went around to some hotels and restaurants to collect prices. The evening was especially fun. I went out with a friend I met at the hotel breakfast – a professor of statistics from the US who was here for a few days also for work! We went to Academia de Cachaca – a place not too far from our hotel with a good reputation – for drinks and local food. We had a lot to discuss especially because I had just been to his hometown Delhi!

Today I had some more meetings in the morning and then made some phone calls. photo 3 (2)For lunch I ate a small sandwich at my favorite beachside stand (they know me now) and I had a nice afternoon run along Ipanema beach. It’s so beautiful here, the people are friendly, and it’s a motivating bonus when you run along the beach to look at all the extremely good looking (and not very clothed) men and women. In the evening I took the bus (!) to Santa Teresa to see the Parque das Runias but I didn’t stay very long because it got dark and I didn’t want to be in that neighborhood alone in the dark. It did have a nice view of the city though. I took the bus back successfully and had dinner at a rodizho type of restaurant where they bring around different meats. I tried and did not enjoy chicken heart.

Tomorrow I’m going to (hopefully) finish my work and try the Brazilian dish Feijoada.

Love, Annie

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One Response to “Fun (and work) in Rio de Janeiro”

  1. Marlene clayton Says:

    Oh it was so nice to hear from you and you are having a fun time as you work is a bonus. Looking forward to your arriving home next week and we can discuss the people you met along the way. Love you


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