above: A cxloudy Ipanema beach
above: Trying to take a family photo with all the cousins, haha good times!
above: The message written on the nighty my mom gave me :)
above: Checking out the cool Havaianas store in Ipanema
above: Meeting up with Clara, my cousin
above: Lunch at the Garota de Ipanema...can you as MEAT!!!
above: Fresh goods market in Ipanema
above: Dried meat section in the supermarket..mmm hehe
above: The sitio, my grandfathers farm
above: Phil´s (my brother) tree...impressive stuff!!!
Our grandparents planted each grandchild a tree when we were born.
above: Spectacular spring flowers
above: One of the most beautiful butterflies, it is bright blue on the inside
above: Cocoa, where chocolate comes from
above: Elephant ears, a natural umbrella
above: Taking it easy on the veranda
above: My grandfathers palm tree symphony
above: Cows on the way to the farm
above: Family time :)
We arrived to a cool and rainy Rio, with the wet season finally beginning the day we landed. It was a little disappointing not being able to spend the week on the beach but after a squelching time in Joao Pessoa we were relieved by the cool weather. It was great to be back in Rio after a three year absence. Our visit was enjoyed by catching up with my lovely parents and family while eating way too much good food. It was surreal to tell everyone about our adventures of the last two months and somehow the reality of it still hasn't fully set in.
It was flabbergasting to see how much has happened in Rio since our last visit, as they prepare for the Soccer World cup and the Olympics. Most of the works being in an effort to make the horrific traffic a little more bearable, we spent two hours standing in a crowded bus just to travel 20kms! It was a welcomed relief to spend the remaining days on my grandfathers farm, just outside Rio, after a chaotic but lovely time in one of the world's most beautiful cities. The lush greenery and spectacular spring flowers made our stay on the farm particularly special. The days were spent lazing in the hammocks overlooking the garden, spending time with my 89 year old grandfather and having a good laugh with all my visiting relatives. Thank you to Claire and Mom & Dad for helping us get there, we had an amazing week and definitely arrived back in Joao Pessoa a few kilo's heavier.