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.