Side Note: I started writing this post so long ago... life got so busy I never found the time to catch up and finish. But here it goes... I am finally going to attempt to finish this. Hope you guys are still into reading my crazy stories and continue to come back to my blog as I continue writing out my thoughts and memories.
Brazil was always meant to be Brazil :) i feel like i always have to disclose that since i am always changing plans at the very last minute.
I had always wanted to visit Brazil but i'd never thought i'd actually have the opportunity to do so! But it happened and it was EVERYTHING plus more!
Our timing was perfect, we went right before the Olympics so a visa was not required to enter Brazil which was perfect because lets face it... applying for a visa seems like just too much work for a short 4/5day trip!
The flight to Brazil was about 8 hours and again it felt like an eternity. My friends all sat in business class so they had it good.... little old me got sent to the back... but luckily i had a whole row to myself so i actually got some sleep!! The flight to Brazil is a late night flight which is perfect because you get your sleep in and arrive right in the morning well rested (some more rested than others ).
**on this trip i went with my awesome coworker/friend Jessica, her boyfriend Leo, and her brother Rob. The best travel group**
We stayed at the Windsor Hotel which was very beautiful! Apparently, theirs like 100 Windsor resorts in Brazil because we thought we were staying in the one in Copacabana which is the main tourist area.... but we were on the other side of it LOL. Either way we had a beautiful beach view (of an empty beach ... it's their winter in June) and the drive to Copacabana was a 20 minute drive.
We had our first dinner at the hotels restaurant and the food was pretty decent. Honestly all i remember was the AMAZING Caipirinha! I always ask for the country i visit specialty drink and this time i was introduced to the Caipirinha and it became my go to drink for my entire trip. Its like a mojito but with lime and just 1000xs better, super refreshing.
Besides eating and drinking caipirinhas all day that first night we also went to the mall and i think its safe to say that all malls are quite similar across the country. That night we drank at the hotel bar and enjoyed the brazilian breeze it was a great first night.
The next morning was the real adventure ... we signed up to do an all day excursion that took us to all the tourist landmarks i was SO EXCITED!!
We got on the big bus with a bunch of other people and we headed over to see Cristo Redentor .. getting there was the real adventure. We took a train that went up really fast through the mountains ... all i saw was green and the views of the much dreaded "Favelas". Their was a specific turn the bus made and it captured the BEST view of brazil ... i felt high off life and so blessed to be able to witness such a beautiful view. When we finally made it to the top their were additional stairs that took you to the Cristo... thats when i realized how HUGE the statue really was! If you guys ever seen videos of the Cristo or pictures it honestly doesn't do it justice. Of course we took a million pictures and selfies and videos, their was so much people that others would wait for some to finish taking their picture so that they could take the spot and take their own selfie LOL....it makes me wonder what did people do before cameras became so popular.. they probably spent more time admiring the actual views rather than trying to capture everything (guilty).
We also visited a very beautiful church it had glass stained windows surrounding it and it was mesmerizing to see so much detail that was put into it. The bus took us to the Maracana soccer stadium which was hugeee and I took a million pictures with a fake World Cup trophy.
One of my second favorite stops was the "Sugarloaf Mountain" we went right before sunset and y'all know i absolutely LOVE sunsets so it was perfect. I was high up in the mountain with a great group of people watching the sun set ... a moment i'll never forget and of course i took a picture of it for the books lol.
I always say that the tour guide makes a big part of the tour and our tour guide was awesome she legit knew everything and was so charismatic... if all fails in life i think i'd want to be a tour guide somewhere maybe in Mexico or something (playa del carmen for example lol)
I looove a tour that includes food this one included a food stop to a place called " Carretao" it was MEAT HEAVEN !! Brazilians are known for their steakhouses so of course we had to go try one out ... and it did NOT disappoint it was incredibly delicious, so much meat choices and all so yummy... they'd come and ask if i wanted more and i could NEVER say no. I eventually tapped out tho haha. That day was a day before Rob's birthday so we got shots and started singing happy birthday to him and literally the ENTIRE restaurant followed along. It was the funniest thing ... they even brought us ice cream afterwards... or cake i don't recall which. Either way that place was BOMB and the day was incredible. The tour was an all day thing and we were headed to the hotel by 7PM and what was supposed to be a 20 minute drive turned into a 1 1/2 drive ... brazil stand still traffic is NO JOKE! As i mentioned they were in preparation to host the Olympics so everything was swamped with people and cars... we all tapped out and napped on the bus.
That night we went to a bar street near the hotels and we went to this restaurant with live music ... and boy that music was LIVE AND LOUD. It was like a rockband so i couldn't even hear myself think .. the vibe was good though but it was just too loud for my poor ear drums.
I always say the universe works in mysterious ways. It turned out that one of Jessica's old friends was actually visiting Brazil at the same time we were so they met up with us and had a blast.
The following days are now a blur to me ... but one two things I do remember. One visiting the Escadaria Selarón (the famous colorful Brazilian staircase). It was BEAUTIFUL, so much artwork and storytelling within ever step I enjoyed every second of it and also took about a thousand pictures!
The second thing I remember doing was going to the Club... that was quite the experience. First of all they kept talking to me in Portuguese and I was completely lost and kept giving them that look of "what the heck?!". Second of all... the security guy didn't wanna let me in because he thought I was underage LOL my baby face and brace face of the time did not help my case. Eventually, jessica or Rob got me in with the help of Google Translator. The vibe of the club was great they played a lot of pop music and techno from what i can recall but nonetheless a good time. The Brazilian guys however have no limits lol i say this because this guy asked to take a selfie with me and so i was posting a snapchat of us and this guy has the audacity to give me a kiss.... okay okay it was just a peck but STILL (and no he was not cute).
Overall, I 10000% percent recommend you visiting Brazil if you ever have the opportunity. The culture is amazing, the people are friendly, the views are phenomenal. It's completely worth it!! I'd definitely go again if given the opportunity.
Thanks so much for coming back to my site despite my long term absence, I plan on starting with new material soon so be on the lookout for site renovations and a thousand posts a month ;)!!
Love you all -A