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October 13 - 16 Rio De Janeiro
We had an early evening flight out of Iquique to Rio with a short one night layover in Santiago, Chile en route. We had a spectacular view of the Andes on the flight out of Santiago which was a real treat. We arrived in Rio early afternoon on the 13th and got a taxi to take us to our home exchange.
Once again, we went from a charming, small town to a huge city and have decided ...
... that we had some reservations about the infamous crime and shootings, to which he looked shocked, almost offended..
Jorge - "Nobody just gets murdered in the street" He quickly told us.
Us - "Phew!"
Jorge - "But you'll probably get mugged. Everyone gets mugged in Rio!"
Brilliant. So we wouldn't be shot in the street but there's a fair chance that we'll get all our money stolen.
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As we mentioned before, in ...
... Brazil had real and valid concerns. I truly hope that this global event will help push the nation to address the concerns of their most vulnerable citizens all the more. Perhaps with the losses of the Brazilian team, the national reflection will go beyond the soccer team and stretch into day to day society as well. Of course we wish this about everywhere, as even in the U.S. a drastic gap exists between the "haves and the have-nots!" But as I mentioned, my mind ...
... the same and if the gun wielding 10 yr olds came out I'd already be running. The sun was rising, the tunes were pumping and my heart was racing. The good thing about training in the morning is that I can go harder and faster because I haven't smoked, so I ran pretty far, all the way down to the mountain where I found this cute little park looking up along the whole Ipanema beach line where there were people working out with their personal trainers and ...
... know everyone says this, but the glimmer of happiness in her eyes and playing on her lips was lovely. Her dress was a simple, strapless, lace gown with a small train. Her hair was down and pulled over to one side with a simple white flower. Lovely and elegant.
The ceremony itself was short. The judge said a few words, asked them a question, they said "yes", they exchanged rings, ...