Thursday, August 25, 2016

Obrigado Brazil!

We love Brazil!
by Jean Lowrie-Chin

excerpt from Jamaica Observer column published Mon 22 August

Our tour guide Gustavo De Sá gave us colourful historic insights as we toured the great Rio landmarks.
At Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer

Enjoying Brazilian cuisine
As we emerged from the train and looked up at the back of Christ the Redeemer, my heart stopped. To witness this magnificent tribute to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ inspired hope and a special love for Brazil. Hubie and I prayed quietly in the Chapel situated in the base of the Statue.
At Port Maua with Digiel Group HR Mgr Andrea Hardware
On our way to Sugar Loaf Mountain

Gustavo explained the beginning of the favelas by unpaid soldiers who took land as compensation and said they were now being developed as vibrant sustainable communities.
A cable car ride took us to the breathtaking Sugar Loaf Mountain, where we could survey the entire city including their famous Copacabana Beach.
With our wonderful guide Gustavo de Sa
We enjoyed the hustle and bustle of the Olympic Boulevard, pulsating with samba sounds and lined with brilliant murals.
We had not a single experience of harassment,  something we could learn well from the Brazilians.  We fell in love with the warm and welcoming people. Obrigado Brazil!

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