Posted by: chriswode | June 26, 2014

Final Day in Brazil :(

Well all good things must come to an end…and our last day in Brazil was at hand. But we were going to make the most of it…starting with a dawn wakeup in order to get to Cristo Redentor and Corcovado before the crowds and in order to get back to watch the huge USA vs Germany game at 1pm. Most of the group was up for it so 3 cabs loaded 12 of us up for a similar drive we had just made the day before to the game. This time the drivers stopped at the top of Tijuca at a great vantage point overlooking the city and Cristo overlooking it. Pics ensued as a couple monkeys played in the trees. Then back down into the city and than back up the road to Corcovado with a stop at a heli-pad halfway up for another great vista of the city and the statue.

Morning view over Rio and Corcovado

Morning view over Rio and Corcovado

View from up in Tijuca forest

View from up in Tijuca forest

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Sugarloaf

Sugarloaf

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Smartos

Smartos

Wodinho and Confusson

Wodinho and Confusson

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Cristo Redentor with Barra da Tijuca in background

Cristo Redentor with Barra da Tijuca in background

Team Brazuca

Team Brazuca

Finally we made it to the base where tickets are purchased and the line is for the quick bus ride to the base of the statue. The line was short so we were up before we knew it and made our way up the steps to the base. Its nothing but amazing views up from one of the highest vantage points in Rio and we got great pics of us with the statue and overlooking Rio, Maracana, Copacabana, Ipanema, Barra and so on. Then it was back down to the base to find our taxi drivers and make our way back to the house to go watch the game. Everyone was glad we got this quick trip in.

Maracana in background

Maracana in background

Joe and Cristo

Joe and Cristo

Cristo and Smarto

Cristo and Smarto

Sugarloaf

Sugarloaf

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The plan for the US game was to walk down to our beach neighborhood in Barra to watch the deciding USA game. Back to the same spot we watched Germany vs Ghana which was perfect for our big group. Lots of USA chants and songs and more facepainting as we hoped for the best…it got really nervous as Germany were leading late and Ghana were just a goal away from knocking us out of the World Cup again…but Portugal and that Ronaldo guy finally saved us with a goal and the celebrations for advancing out of one of the toughest groups was done.

Team Brazuca at Rio house

Team Brazuca at Rio house

Getting ready for USA v Germany

Getting ready for USA v Germany

watching USA vs Germany

watching USA vs Germany

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So the party made its way to the beach for group pic, swimming in the ocean, kicking the ball around, caipiroskas, biers and overall enjoyment of our environment on our last day. After a while many made their way back to the house to pack, chill and watch who would likely be the US’s opponent in the next round, Belgium. But with it being our last day in this beautiful city I wanted to enjoy the warm evening on the beach, especially as you can grab caips from the local beach vendors. So Joe-Anna, Tara and I chilled longer and took it all in…even meeting some guys from LA and joining them at a bar to watch the 2nd half of Belgium vs Korea. Finally we made our way back to the house with plenty of time to pack and get ready for our 10pm van pickup back to the airport for 1:30am departure. Chants of SLG arose from the rest of the house members…the G this time meaning “group” as the 3 of us had a few celebratory beach caips. A great final day indeed as we said farewell to our host Alex, who didnt want us to leave, as well as Fredj who was staying 1 more night. Back on a plane bound for LA via Panama City. What an amazing 2 weeks with incredible friends who made it an unforgettable trip.

walking to beach celebrating USA win

walking to beach celebrating USA win

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Fabian and Duncan couldnt wait for their special celebration

Fabian and Duncan couldnt wait for their special celebration

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Kicking it on Barra beach

Kicking it on Barra beach

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Final Team Brazuca pic in Brasil

Final Team Brazuca pic in Brasil

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