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Brazil is wonderful! I had an uneasy sense of it before the trip and my first impressions confirmed it: Great country, relaxed people and a soccer party that brings people from all over the world together. At least in my first 24 hours I spent in Rio I did not feel any bad vibes between the fans. Let’s put it into a sequence. The flight was not half as bad as I had imagined. After 12 hours we arrived quite relaxed in Rio de Janeiro and most of the 6 students did even get some sleep. Luckily I was also able to have a rest, so that I didn’t need a break before having a first look at the famous Copacabana. We are here for the short time of four days, so every minute counts. My expectations have been beaten. The beach as well as the promenade is fantastic, the Brasilians are friendly and helpful. In the morning the promenade was already full of merchants, runners and people from all over the world who just want to breath in the athmosphere. I belong to the last group (even if I brought my trainers to go for a run at the beach ;-)). After a sunny morning at the Copacabana – including daring jumps into the sea by the students – we left to see the famous statue on the Corcovado hill. With a railway we drove through the jungle up to the Corcovado. We had to wait a bit, but the impressions have been worth it all: Amazing nature and a breathtaking view over the Copacabana and Ipanema!
Back in the hotel my battery was quite empty. We almost had to drag ourselves to the traditional Churrascaria. It was completely worth it that we made it to the restaurant: The food was really delicious! The meat was served at the table as it is typical in Brazil to cut the meat directlyfrom the spit. By the way: The Caipirinas are the best I have ever tasted.
After dinner we could even motivate ourselves to visit the Copacabana at night. People were celebrating the whole night – peaceful, with an inspiring vitality and in the typical way for each country.
Today it’s time to see the match between France and Equador at Maracana before we have to leave Brazil tomorrow :-(. These impressions of Brazil will never leave my mind again – that’s already for sure.