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Rio: Visiting the Statue! Plus way too many pictures of monkeys.

(But can you ever have too many pictures of monkeys?)

Yesterday I posted the other pictures from my trip, but the Statue deserves its own post, not just because we took a bunch of pictures, but because Karl FINALLY got to go there with a view (yay for no clouds!).

(If you’re curious to see other Rio pictures, you can check out my other posts on it, which admittedly it’s mostly wedding pictures, since on previous trips to Brazil, I was way too much of a slacker blogging wise…)

We got up super early to be the first few in line for the train – luckily, April is not tourist season, so it wasn’t super-crazy like our last attempt there.

To have an idea, when Karl first went to the Christ the Redeemer Statue, it was a beautiful day, with only a tiny cloud in the sky.  That cloud happened to be RIGHT at the Corcovado Mountain, where the statue is located.  So this was our view:

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No, really, that white behind him is all clouds.  We waited and waited until the clouds cleared, but it only got worse.  When we left, this is all we could see…

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By contrast, this was our view this time:

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(Isn’t my city gorgeous?)

And let’s not forget the statue…

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We took our share of pictures while we were there, of course!

In the train, going up the mountain…

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The statue with all its splendor (on a clear day you can see it from most parts of the city).

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One of the many views while there – the Jockey Club.

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The Sugarloaf Mountain…  Though the Christ Statue is a famous landmark around the world, a visit to the Sugarloaf Mountain using the cable car is a lot more fun than just the Statue.  But you can’t beat this view!

And the day was so clear, you could see the beaches behind it, already outside of the city of Rio de Janeiro!

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The Lagoon Rodrigo de Freitas.  It’s one of the most expensive areas in the city to live in.  They have a jogging path that goes all around the lagoon.  In December, a HUGE lit Christmas tree goes up in the middle of it.  It’s the largest one in the world (it’s a fake tree made of steel and lights, that actually moves around to different spots on the water, so regardless of where you’re standing, you’ll eventually get a close up view).

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Ipanema neighborhood…  (You know, from the famous Girl from Ipanema song?)

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The Maracanã Stadium, the largest soccer stadium in the world…

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Lucky guy…

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Right before leaving, we decided to take advantage of the weather, and have a drink.  While I was sipping my graviola juice, I got to see these guys

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And if that wasn’t enough, we also spotted the monkey “Prego” (looks like it’s called Capuchin in English).  I love his Mister T thing going.

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And if that wasn’t enough, we just missed the train back.  So during our wait, we spotted some young ones, making a mess of the place!

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I can’t believe it’s been 2 months already since my visit!  And that I won’t get to go back for at least another 2 years…  Fingers crossed we get Brazil for our next post!

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Rio!

Remember how 2 months ago we went to Rio?  And I promised to post pictures? Then I never did?  I guess moving to Manila made me just a little too busy to talk about our trip. 

But, like any other trip I have ever taken to Rio, we had a wonderful time.  I mean, it’s Brazil after all.  And I get to hang out here daily…

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I recently heard from one of Karl’s coworkers that he has no interest in ever going to South America, because there’s nothing there that interests him (yes, and he said that in front of me, the Brazilian).  Whatever suits your boat.  But really?  Nothing to see?

So in Rio, we went to the beach a lot (I really AM happiest when I’m at the beach)…

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Since it was right before Easter, Karl got to experience for the first time the easter-egg craziness in Brazil.  Chocolate tunnels in the supermarkets!

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I ate my share of delicious tropical fruit…

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Including a suspicious looking papaya…

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Lots of my favorite chocolate easter eggs (it’s a hollow egg that opens in half, made of your favorite chocolate, with tiny chocolates inside)…

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A ton of delicious melt-in-your-mouth sushi…

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Way too much barbeque and all-you-can-eat pizza (including dessert pizzas…)

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Hung out with family and friends…

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Visited the area of Lapa (Karl’s first time!) for drinks…

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I had a few strawberry caipirinhas…

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And Karl finally got to see the Christ the Redeemer Statue on a non-cloudy day (it only took him 3 tries!  We always get the ONE cloud stuck right at the mountain…).  Tomorrow, I’ll post those pictures – they deserve a post of their own!

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Blob terrifies beachgoers of Rio

I still have not run in Rio yet, but here we are towards the end of my week in Brazil…  I have, OF COURSE, taken advantage of the beach, but I have to say that vanity is getting the best of me.  Because last time I was here, I was still not skinny but I looked like this on my beach pictures…

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(Thanks to my friend Nikki for the picture.)

Skinny?  No.  But tanned and while still jiggly, definitely not as jiggly as now.  My legs were toned despite still having thunder thighs, and I had a defined waist (well, I haven’t completely lost it, except it looks like I swallowed a melon…  A soft squishy melon).

Just the fact that I allowed myself to be photographed in a bikini (instead of “shoulders and above only!”) is HUGE.

Now?  I am pale, fatter and just blah.  I walk and everything bounces along.  My bikini doesn’t fit me nearly as well, and I have to keep adjusting so that the tatas don’t pop out.

Now when I go to the beach, I look like this…  (minus the sailor outfit, of course…)

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See, not nearly as attractive.  Or confident.

Fingers crossed that I can get back to my pre-wedding/ honeymoon/ injury body by the end of the year.  (Let’s ignore the fact that the Brazil trip is not helping:  all you can eat pizza, sushi and Brazilian BBQ?  I’ve hit all three…)

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Our Wedding Video!

Cherry Blossom 10 Miler recap to come soon, at this time, I’m either on my flight or landing in Rio de Janeiro (please tell me I’m not the only crazy person who does a race just hours before taking an international flight?).

It took over 4 months for us to get it, but here is the “best of” – I know, I know, wedding videos are boring, but it’s only 6 minutes long, you get to see me with my hair in the “in between” stage of styling (Karl even said “good thing I didn’t see that the day of!”), you see me acting like an idiot saying “my shoes!” while holding my bouquet (that’s what you get when your videographer is Brazilian and thinks it’s appropriate to cut the “it matches my shoes!” statement since it doesn’t mean anything to him).  You also see Ted, Karena’s (Karl’s sister) husband giving us some funny advice that got cut short for the “best of” so it sounds like he is dead serious with his mumbo-jumbo.

And the party?  Well, you can see it’s a PARTY!  (And I know “I Gotta Feeling” is overplayed — but you can’t have a wedding in 2010 and NOT have that song, no?)

And without further ado…

Carla and Karl from Leo Goifman Vídeo Produções on Vimeo.

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