With dozens of possible sites to visit, I wasn't sure where to begin in Rio. I decided to get my bearings from on high at Cristo Rendentor (this, and the fact that I am hoping to do the more touristy activities in Rio before the Olympic crowds descend in August.) The view was expectedly stunning. Almost more unexpected was the collective experience of being at the monument with hundreds of other people and their selfie sticks, people lying on the ground to get the best photo of the statue, lining up to get "the" best shot of the bay, and photobombing strangers' photos.
Since ascending Corcovado, as I move around the city of Rio, it is exciting to have this statue as a point of reference. Seeing it from afar (too tiny to photograph) gives me a sense of scale in the urban environment.
Steve arrived on Monday morning and will be here for the week! Our first breakfast was prepared by the fabulous Daniella Costa, my host in Rio: homemade pão de queijo, and tapioca with queijo minas and guava paste (a "Romeo and Juliet"). Pão de queijo is a typical Brazilian breakfast bite - cheese + bread, made with yucca flour so it's kind of chewy. Queijo minas is a delicious fresh white cheese from the Minas Gerais region of Brazil that I am hoping to eat a LOT more of while I'm here.
Updates on some art and buildings to come shortly!