Christ the Redeemer, a monkey hike, touring the slums, and dinner!

by Elizabeth on November 12, 2013

Our week in Brazil comes to a close today! We fly back to Houston on another overnight flight and get in early tomorrow morning. I hope our house is still standing… It feels like we’ve been gone for a long time ha!

So this post is going to be random, including stuff from Saturday, Sunday, and yesterday. As I mentioned yesterday, Saturday afternoon we went to see the statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain. You take a trolley up to the top which takes about 30 minutes one way and unfortunately when we got to the top the clouds were so thick we couldn’t see anything and didn’t think we would get to at all. We waited at the bottom for about 20 minutes and eventually they broke and everyone started cheering! It was really cool.

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This isn’t my picture but you can get a better idea of what it’s really like.

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On Sunday after church and brunch, my FIL met us for a walk up a small mountain to see some awesome views.

Three generations!

Our view from the top of the mountain!

There’s a first time for everything! We stopped to feed the monkeys that were just hanging around.

Yesterday we did something a little different. We wanted to your what’s called the favelas. These are tiny houses on top of each other that go all the way up the mountains and are home to very low income families. It was eye opening coming coming from the beaches we were on and definitely a valuable experience. It made me so grateful for things I take for granted everyday. For instance feeling safe where I live, having access to clean water, living in a clean environment, and having a little box where I adjust the thermostat if I’m not perfectly comfortable…

When we came back, we went to lunch with my MIL and Noah and spent the afternoon at the beach. Dinner was another Brazilian steakhouse!

The Parmesan pork was to die for.

The salad bar wasn’t too shabby either!

I’ve been on this weird sour candy kick and wanted to try some authentic Brazilian gummies.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!!!

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1 Jojo @ RunFastEatLots November 12, 2013 at 7:48 am

Love that cute pic with grandpa, dad, and son! Adorable :)
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2 Elizabeth November 12, 2013 at 11:02 am

Aww thank you!!!

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3 Heather @fitncookies November 12, 2013 at 7:59 am

Ahh this trip looks fantastic!! I am so jealous of you but so happy you guys made the most of the trip and had a blast! Good luck on the flight home <3
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4 Elizabeth November 12, 2013 at 11:01 am

Thanks heather!!! And we will take that good luck ;)

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5 D @ The Kosher Cave Girl November 12, 2013 at 8:59 am

I always start worrying about things like my apartment and my car when I’m traveling home from vacation. Is my cat still alive? Did someone break in? Thank G-d my heating bill won’t be so expensive since I was gone for two whole weeks?

I’m glad you had fun!
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6 Elizabeth November 12, 2013 at 11:00 am

See ours is the opposite. We have no heating bill only AC. It is nice to get a break though :)

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7 Lauren November 12, 2013 at 10:57 am

I love the fact there are Angry Bird gummies in Brazil. The views from the top of the mountain are INCREDIBLE. Wow.
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8 Elizabeth November 12, 2013 at 10:59 am

That’s what I thought when I saw them too haha! It’s crazy how popular that game is!

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9 Courtney @ Don't Blink. Just Run. November 12, 2013 at 11:22 am

That generational pic is fantastic! I love pictures like that.

Looks like tons more fun was had. I wish I could feed a monkey!!
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10 Elizabeth November 12, 2013 at 3:27 pm

I do too! I’m thinking we need a black and white framed copy :)

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11 Katie @ running4cupcakes November 12, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Fingers crossed for a safe and uneventful flight back home!!
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12 Elizabeth November 12, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Thanks Katie!! I hope you and luke are doing well :)

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13 Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom November 12, 2013 at 12:40 pm

I don’t know if you’re aware, but there are 3 Christ the Redeemers in the World and they all face each other to form a triangle! There’s one underwater at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo, FL and it’s pretty cool to see!
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14 Elizabeth November 12, 2013 at 3:30 pm

I had NO idea! That’s super cool, thank you for sharing!!!

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15 Leslie November 12, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Your vacation sounds awesome! Great pics…especially the one of 3 generations.

How was the sour candy? I have been on a gummy kick lately. :)
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16 Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves November 12, 2013 at 9:53 pm

I’m sure you all had a breathtaking experience at the Christ the Redeemer statue! I would so love to go there one day. Hooray for Brazilian BBQ! It’s the best.
Your maxi dress is also so adorable!
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17 Alyssa @ See This Girl Run November 13, 2013 at 1:47 am

Wow what an AWESOME trip!! I’m so glad you’ve been blogging about it. Safe travels home!!
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18 [email protected] November 13, 2013 at 11:09 am

Have you felt safe for the entire trip? If so, would you attribute it to being with your family who is staying down there, or just because you felt safe? I have always wanted to go to Brazil, but have heard it is one of the most dangerous places to travel right now, especially if you get off the beaten path, which is what I like to do!
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19 Elizabeth November 14, 2013 at 2:57 pm

I did feel safe, and I also have a habit of watching my back when I don’t know the place well. It definitely helped having family though. My fils driver is a native who spoke English so he could tell us exactly what is and isn’t safe. We
didn’t wear our jewelry etc. just to be on the safe side but we noticed tons of tourists did. The advice we were given was to stay at sea level. Once you start going into the mountains it’s more dangerous.

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