Our time here in Brazil is wrapping up. Today we went to the beach to get in a last few hours of fun in the sun before having to return to the hotel and pack up for our journey back home. It was a beautiful day with a clear, blue sky and lots of ocean [...]
Today was a day of breath-taking events. After an early rise we went to see one of the most photographed statues in the world, Monumento do Cristo Redentor, or the Christ Statue. After a long wait in line and a card scan, we were traveling up Corcovado mountain.
Well we’ve done it again! We’ve managed to go undefeated here in Rio and had quite the time doing it. Today we played a game that was full of unselfish, team basketball. I think we can all say we’ve made huge strides while we’ve been here and it has been a great experience!
We’ve definitely shopped until we’ve dropped. Today we spent our morning shopping at a little market in Ipanema, which is about a 45-minute walk from Copacabana, where we are staying. While we shopped and browsed throughout the morning, we even got to see some of the guys from the Augustana men’s basketball team. It was [...]
The day started overcast, but the views we saw made it seem like a bright day. Sugar Loaf Mountains in two words is “simply breathtaking.” We started off zipping up the world-famous cable cars that can be seen in the James Bond movie, “Moonraker.” The ride up was a little unsettling for most of us [...]
If we thought that we listened to loud music in the U.S., last night’s trip to the Lapa street festival made it seem like we were quiet. The club that we all ended at was all but empty when we got there. So we started our own party and started dancing by ourselves. Before we [...]
The day started early for us with a bus trip to Rio de Janeiro. Along the way we made two stops — the first was to get paperwork that we needed and the second was our lunch. At lunch we had different places to choose to eat but most of us chose to eat at [...]
Today is a day that will definitely be remembered as a highlight of this trip. Senior Chaney Tambling After being able to sleep in a little bit, the team got to go to what the Brazilians call an Olympic Village. These complexes are in areas of Rio that are very poverty-stricken. The people from these [...]
Today we spend our last day in Jundiai. We ate breakfast as a team in the hotel. Then we had time to relax pool side and try not to get burnt in the hot winter morning sun or spend time in our rooms. Or we could take another adventurous trip to the market near the [...]