Hey Dudes! I'm back in America, and by "America" I mean "North America" after a week or so of tearing it up in and around Rio de Janeiro.
Here's the short version of my adventure:
Saturday: Arrived in the middle of the night, slept on a couch covered with stuffed animals in the lobby of our hostel wondering where everyone was.
Sunday: Found everyone, explored and kicked it on Ipanema beach.
Monday: Sightsaw like crazy, checked off all the majors like the Christ statue and Sugar Mountain.
Tuesday: Beach in the morning, traveled to Ilha Grande in the afternoon. But this is me at a Brazilian truck stop with some chicken on a stick.
Wednesday: Hiked and boated to the third most beautiful beach in the world, but this is me having breakfast.
Thursday: Speedboated around the island, snorkeling with sea turtles, swimming down to wrecked helicopters, capturing giant starfish, the usual Thanksgiving stuff.
Friday: A little more Ilha Grande hiking and boating before returning to Rio for a crazy night in Lapa.
Saturday: Favela tour during the morning, Copacabana & Centro in the afternoon, Samba School party from 10 to 3am, caught taxi to airport at 3:45. That was my vacation.
And yes, of course, I'll be dropping the long version on you over the next week or so.