Monthly Archives: March 2016

Beautiful Beaches of Rio De Janeiro

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One of the things I will miss most about Brazil is the beautiful and untouched beaches. It’s a no man’s land…such great beauty and very clean.

Sometimes when I pass by the beach on monday morning at 10am the beach is filled with people everywhere…swimming and exercising and just having a great time. Most questions in my head is..”it’s Monday why are they not at work”? Well I am yet to find someone who can help me with my answer to that question. So will let you know when I do get that answer.

Here are a few pictures of our family on the beaches of copacabana, Leme and Ipanema.

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Such a beautiful back drop

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Father and daughter moment

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Sunny day

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Yeap he does that to the girls and they love being up high

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Lol…

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WhatsApp world…

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I love this night shot…no filter just me and the colors

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Pure nature at its best.

Brazil Exploration Continues..

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Visit to Niteroi city…

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So a few things we are starting to like about Rio is the fact that you can escape the hustle and bustle and in 15min to 1hour you could visit another island and still enjoy the beauty of Brazil.

Today our family took the ferry and visited Nitorio. Even though we did not get to have a picnic as planned we still got to meet lots of people and tour a mesuem.

Here are a few pictures to show our journey

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That morning our girls joined a girls soccer team to play and have some fun…

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Getting ready to start the game

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Aasha in her stands read to defend her post

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Having fun is what it’s all about

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A visit to Niteroi

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My son acting as the security person

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Beautiful waters

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Actually I had no idea the photo came out like that…looks like mj is holding a string…

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Yeap that’s some of the fun stuff people do…playing with toy cars and racing around

Creating great moments….

Brazil Exploration Continues. ..

Paqueta Island visit

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Today kids and I ventured out again and went with some awesome friends to Paqueta Island. It’s about 1 hour 20min  ferry ride from the city center to the Island.

And the price was a shocker to me…with nice looking ferry too. It cost us $2.50 per person for both in and out and kids under 6yrs don’t get to pay. So it really was a low cost, but super fun activity for me and my kids.

When we arrived there, first thing we noticed is that there are no cars.  horse and tricycle and bicycle are their form of transportation….

So we first walked around and had a pretty tasty lunch and after we decided to have acai for dessert…and oh my…acai made right with caramel was the bomb…it was sweet and nutty and yummy…

After our acai experience we decided time to rent some bikes and ride around the whole Island.

We spent 1 hour 30min  riding our bikes around the whole island and it was really an awesome experience for me and my kids.  Watching them ride and stop and pose for a picture and making friends and just living to the fullest was very rewarding for me as their mother.

Thanks to our awesome friend Danilo and Leslie for inviting us to have this amazing experience with them.

Here are some pitures of our day in Paqueta Island…

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His first tapioca on the streets…with banana and Nutella inside

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She is marveled by the amazing view

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Ok so that’s the public restroom but I think it’s really made for the men in brazil but in Ghana it can serve both genders…

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My little carioca superman…Carioca is what they call people from rio

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Loving the island life

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Our rides are ready

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Had to kiss and make a wish at the Baobab tree on the Island…my wish was for my kids to grow up and know that I gave them my all and the best way I know how to be a mother to them. And have them feel  my love for me. This was my wish.

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Destiny’s time to do the kissing and wishing stuff

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We are family

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Such wonders of our CREATOR

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Riding in the yellow cab…

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Mj found a new friend on the island

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Let’s get this party on the island started

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Welcome to the Island

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Most rides …

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Snacks we had while riding the ferry…made out of flour…first originated in the early 20’s

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Our ferry

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Beautiful sites on the way

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A castle in fisco Island…wow it’s really pretty

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Me and my twin…

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Taxi station…lol…

Brazil Exploration Continues

Handpan musical instruments

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Learning to play the handpan on the street was really cool and fun…

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This is an instrument from Switzerland and it was invented 15yrs ago. And it’s called Handpan…pretty awesome the tune you can make out of that…

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Taking tips from the master…

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My kids are so cool…willing to learning from strangers on the street…

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I got the hang of it now….

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It’s so much fun…

Brazil Exploration Continues

Hiking Sugarloaf mountain

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Such a beautiful day and thanks to great life long friends…the kids and I got to hike the famous sugarloaf mountain in rio de Janeiro.

While others took the cable ride up the kids and I decided to take a more challenging way up to see the beautiful city of Rio…and from the pictures below you will see that it was worth it…

It cost R $71  per person to take the cable…but to hike it cost us 2 bottles of water and some serious breathing techniques…but we made it to the top and enjoyed every bit of it.

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Cable ride to the top…

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Hiking up there…

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And the fun started…

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We will make it up

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Not easy but we can now say we did it..

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At the top you can scream and it’s all cool…

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They love the view

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The first cablecart

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Beautiful restaurant at the top

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At the mesuem on top of sugarloaf

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Beautiful view of rio

Brazil Exploration Continues

Capoiera in Brazil

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So when we visit each country we fund out one thing we can learn and add to our soon to be our book of travel.

Now in brazil we knew that while here we have to learn capoiera which is originated from Africa.

The slaves that where brought from Africa by the potuguese people created this capoiera..the slaves where not allowed to communicate to each other since the masters thought they are planning something so the capoiera was a dance and expression that the slaves used to communicate with each other. When brazil got independent capoiera was banned in the country.
And year later a capoiera Mastre  found a way to take capoiera to the government house and convince them.
So that’s when capoiera become a national organised passionate form of martial arts in brazil…it is filled with dance, and expression of love and drumming all on one single move.

Here are a few of our capoiera moments while in brazil

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That’s marcus and I doing Ginga  (probably got the spelling wrong but that’s how is pronounced )

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Some capoiera moves and marcus having a time of his life…lol!!!

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Drumming is part of capoiera

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Marcus posing with our Mastre at the school of Senzela

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Part of the fun…

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Our new capoiera family in rio…

Awesome is what we are all about.

Brazil Exploration Continues. ..

Daddy Date in Rio

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Today Marcus took Mj out on his daddy date. And boy did he have a great time.

Before  they left Mj told us that it’s boys day and that we girls should go shopping..lol!!!

Here are few pictures of my two favorite guys in the universe..

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About to hit the road and have some boys time

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My son on his skate board on the streets of copacabana beach….and loving it to the max

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Look up there…

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Skateboarding is fun when a father joins his son

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Marcus Friend and mj…about to do boys stuff

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Father and son creating memories

Such a great way to spend our sunday…boys only. Father and son bond.

Brazil Exploration Continues….

Visit to the 8th Largest library

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Today we visited the National library in Brazil and it is the 8th largest library in the world.

It was really interesting getting to learn about it.

We had a tour guide who was so nice and took us around to tell the histroy behind the national library of brazil.

The library has about 20 million books and they have to keep some of the books at a different location in a warehouse.
They get their books in two ways. One of this is by Donations and the other is called legal means. This is the law in brazil that any book published in brazil, a copy of the book must be sent to the national.

The library is so organized and I was so impress how they have been able to maintain the original desk in some of the readers rooms.

Here are a few pictures to show

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Beautifully designed

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Entrance to the library…being renovated

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Marcus on that day surprised the kids and I at the library. On that day he was suppose to be on his snowboarding trip in Paris. But to our suprise when we got to the library he showed up and really surprised us all. He surly made our day extra special.

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Standing in the room where they keep all the books. The books are sent down to the readers room in a books only tiny elevator. Really cool

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The beautiful entrance to the 8th largest library in the world.

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The ceiling…

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Our future historians

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What a sight of knowledge through books.

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We made new friends… they are from Israel, so now Israel is definitely on our travel list

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Learning all we can about the history behind the country Brazil

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I love the stair case…my red carpet moment

Brazil Exploration Continues….

Christo Redentor Journey

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Super fun when we arrived at cocovardo to catch the train to go up to the top and see the beautiful Christo Redentor.

My kids and I where one of the first passengers up to the top and the train ride makes it super fun.

But once we got up there it was super foggy and we could not see the statue..
It was so cold and it started raining….. but that’s what the amazon areas are all about heavy rains and super hot days.

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That’s how foggy it was…

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Me and my little man

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On our train ride to the top

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The two men who made it all happen for us to see this magnificence

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My cuties

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Our train

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Hi there…

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A beautiful site to see while in rio and you read about the history of it online and take tour by yourself. It’s much easier and very smooth.

A great history class for my kids

Rainy and cold but it was all worth it.

Brazil Exploration Continues