When we were not day tripping around Rio, we walked around our neighborhood near both Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches. We watched a mediocre sunset one night from Punta Arpoador on the north end of Ipanema and had a caipirinha (Brazil's national cocktail made from sugar cane hard liquor, sugar, and lime) on Copacabana. It was fun watching the beach volleyball. Teams of two (usually men, but also coed) play volleyball,but it is played like soccer--no hands allowed. The serve is made by kicking the ball off a mound of sand that each player carefully sculpts. One can see that fútbol is king in Brazil!
|Early morning beach yoga on Ipanema|
|Cloudy sunset on Ipanema|
|Lifeguard post/toilets on Ipanema|
|Is it that girl?|
|Delivering rental bikes to Copacabana|
|Sugar Loaf from Copacabana|
|Early morning produce delivery at our favorite restaurant, Felice Kaffe|
One interesting note: we bought a box of cornflakes for breakfast in the condo and it had some writing in Braille on the back of the package. Anyone ever seen that before?