Bye From Brazil!!!

Last post coming to you from sunny Brazil!

FOOD

This week has been much harder than last week on the food front.  Sao Paulo had some great eats, and while many enjoyed Rio, even when I could finagle a vegan meal, it was mostly incredibly boring (side salad, steamed rice, flavorless steamed veggies).  It wasn’t all hopeless though.  The hotel breakfast provided good eats and there were always tons of fresh juices.  And I’ve become a huge fan of coconut water!

today's juice in class - beet, orange, and ginger
today’s juice in class – beet, orange, and ginger
typical morning breakfast this week
typical morning breakfast this week
ALL THE HEARTS OF PALM
ALL THE HEARTS OF PALM

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we went to a favela restaurant the first day for a traditional meal - which I don't eat. I got this. Boring, but good enough.
we went to a favela restaurant the first day for a traditional meal – which I don’t eat. I got this. Boring, but good enough.
frozen fruit bars
frozen fruit bars

That said, I did have two wonderful experiences.  I found I can likely eat my weight in hearts of palm!  I had them as often as I could and it was just cool.

Our last night we went to this amazing restaurant as a farewell dinner on the outskirts of Rio.  It’s essentially a collection of tree houses at a restaurant called Aprazivel.

LM once again ensured I had a special vegan meal, which consisted of grilled hearts of palm, a lovely tomato/rice dish, some bread with sweet and sour eggplant, and slices of pineapple and mango with mint and fresh lime.

But by far the best was the strawberry sorbet.  Here’s why…

I texted D from Aprazivel to tell him I was finally having an incredible meal in Rio!  Not only was it an amazing view and experience, but the food was stellar.  He asked where, and I texted him the place assuming he was just going to look it up.  Instead, he called them (from Virginia!), spoke to the manager and informed her that 1  – I was vegan and 2 – it was my last night in Brazil and he was hoping they could make me a special dessert.  I almost started crying when she climbed up our tree house to say she had just spoken to my husband, and that this was his gift of love.  Best sorbet I’ve ever had.  And D, once again, wins Best Husband Award!

My amazing meal last night!
My amazing meal last night!
and right after my special dessert delivery!
and right after my special dessert delivery!

FITNESS

Walks and runs on the beach!  Also – a killer samba class yesterday, which was tons of fun.  Taught by a very famous instructor here in Brazil and an often instructor on Dancing with the Stars

the studio
the studio
getting ready to spend 90 minutes shakin it!
getting ready to spend 90 minutes shakin it!

LIFE

Well, it’s hard to explain all I’ve seen in the past week since we came to Rio from Sao Paulo.  We had one day off from classes, and did some exploring.  In Rio, I’ve been staying at Copacabana beach, and am right next to Ipanema.  I went wandering and exploring all over both, and after the group trip to the favela (ghetto), it was street fair shopping.

copacabana
copacabana

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The favela.  Very sharp contrast from the ritzy beach area.

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The Hippie Fair

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We also visited Christ the Redeemer – one of the 7 Wonders of the World!

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Got to visit the Botafogo futebol club!

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And the rest of the pics of my trip!

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Rio Traffic!
Rio Traffic!

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rooftop of my hotel.  Perfect place to study!
rooftop of my hotel. Perfect place to study!

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RunCrissieRun

I am a 43 yo busy career single mom, attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free & nut-free vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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