Moments & Misadventures :: Rio From the Bottom to the Top

Moments & Misadventures ::  Rio From the Bottom to the Top

A cool morning dawned upon Rio de Janeiro and I looked out from our hotel window onto the beautiful Copacabana Beach. It was August which meant Brazil's wintertime, which felt like springtime in the states so the weather was perfect for exploring this beautiful city. The beach was quite peaceful with only a few beach [...]

Gratitude and Miracles With the Lady of Aparecida {Brazil}

Gratitude and Miracles With the Lady of Aparecida  {Brazil}

This week people across the states will celebrate Thanksgiving. Originally this day was created with the pilgrims that crossed the Atlantic and arrived safely on the shores of a new land of opportunities. They would not have survived in that new land without the generosity and guidance of the Native Americans that were there. And [...]

Pão de Açúcar (‘Sugar Loaf Mountain’) {Brazil}

Pão de Açúcar  (‘Sugar Loaf Mountain’) {Brazil}

For the best views of all of Rio, make your way up to the top of "Sugar Loaf Mountain". This peak is the highest peak, standing at 1,299 feet tall. The name comes from Brazil's sugar cane industry. The sugar cane was placed in cone shaped clay containers called Sugar Loafs to be shipped all [...]

Hall of Miracles-Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida {Brazil}

Hall of Miracles-Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida  {Brazil}

This week we celebrate Thanksgiving. And while for many Thanksgiving is a day about family, food, pie, football, parades, and shopping- at the heart of this day is the reminder to be grateful for all we have. In thinking about gratitude and giving thanks, my mind keeps going back to when I got to visit [...]