Sunday, June 04, 2006

Pictures

Today was a better day, the sun was out and my paper due tomorrow was done long ago. The program is two sets of modules lasting two weeks each so some really good friends I made over the course of the two weeks left and their absence is certainly felt. But today was gorgeous and was the first day I managed to head over to Copacabana which certainly merits the title of one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The rest of the day was spent on Ipanema beach under an umbrella watching the waves as I sipped my Guarana light. I was quite easy to spot as the sole fully clothed individual under an umbrella upon Ipanema beach. I am dying to write about the favela situation which is what a lot of my learning is based upon but I want to wait till the next module to share the full magnitude of it. So in the meantime here are some pretty pictures of pretty Rio. All pictures can be clicked on to enlarge.

This is a view from Copa Cabana. What you see upon the hilltops are the favelas which compose 1/3 of the population of Rio who live in those shanty towns. Its very sad but its also ironic that the poorest of Rio have the most beautiful views of the ocean and the mountains. I find it interesting how poor and rich are juxtaposed as they are. You can also see the green flag of brazil because the world cup is going on and the atmosphere, decorations and advertising is tantamount to American advertising of Christmas. It~s incredible.




Step out of my apartment building. Walk half a block and this is what you find. This is Ipanema beach with the two brothers mountains overlooking it and the walking path I take every morning around sunrise.






Copacabana beach. The mountains, the white grainy sand and the waves are so breathtaking I dare you to stand upon this beach and feel bereft.





15 comments:

Mia said...

Beautiful! I am so enjoying reading about your trip.

momyblogR said...

OMGosh, the view from your half block walk of you apartment is breath taking and that wave....UGH! AMAZING!

I've half way decided that I want to live in little hut on a beach somewhere with my Guy and two little swimmers and you are not making it any easier. :)

I'm loving MY trip to Brazil, lol!

Thanks so much for taking the time to bring us along!

Be safe!

pixie said...

What a view! I'm so glad that your doing better!

Muslim Mama said...

oh hoho my god!!! What a view! And aren't you sooo lucky to be sitting right there enjoying it!! Wow!!!!

wayfarer said...

Wow, beautiful shots. That copacabana beach is just gorgeous!

Champ - Love Hound said...

Thankyou for sharin' these beautiful pics. Really beautiful. *Smiles*

God bless you....

Hasan the Not-So-Great said...

You are an amazing photographer.

Jane said...

Here the grass is turning brown and everything is wilting from lack of rain. One word--Jealous!

Kat said...

wow...the pictures look serenely beautiful!

mezba said...

And here we are complaining our summer is not too hot and it's still cold. Making us green with envy :-)

mezba said...

I just realized, you are going to be IN BRAZIL... during the WORLD CUP!!!

Should be a tremendous atmosphere, especially if they do well.

Aisha said...

Hey all thanks for the comments!!! ;) Mezba yes will be here for world cup and the atmosphere here is already contagiously electrifying. I plan to do a post soon on the displays for the cup. So cool.

Christina said...

Yup, we went to Costa Rica back in March for a wedding. Least to say it was AWESOME. Here's the blog with pics so you can see the resemblance:
http://tanookie78.blogspot.com/2006/03/pura-vida.html

ASH said...

I await your comments on the Favelas with anticipation. I studied them (without being there of course) as part of my study of "South" economies and their problems.

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