I spent last week in Rio de Janeiro to help staff the ICNC booth and talking with folks about nonviolent struggle at the ISA-ABRI conference. The conference was filled with young Brazilians  interested and excited to share their experiences and learn more about civil resistance.  What luck to have the Latin American based conference in such a beautiful city.

Beautiful City View from SL Cable Car-3

After the conference I spent a few days  musing around Rio, basking along the beach (albeit under somewhat gray skies), and sipping caipirinhas with my good friend Joah.

Ipanema before the clouds break

Ipanema before the clouds break

Spending time in Rio after coming off of 6 weeks of winter in Buenos Aires was like a vacation within a vacation.  Even though I am working in BA (and was a bit in Rio), it was a perfect combination of  work, sites, relaxation, and fun.

In (Cristo) we trust, heart of the nation

In (Cristo) we trust, heart of the nation

Rio rivals other cities I’ve been to like Quito and Capetown as one of the most beautiful urban epicenters in the world for the gorgeous natural landscape that surrounds the city.  No matter where you are in the city you can see great vistas of the surrounding mountains and hills or hear sounds of the ocean and ENORMOUS waves crashing on the beach.

Early morning mountains

Early morning mountains

Praia Ipanema Corn Stand YUM

Praia Ipanema Corn Stand YUM

In just a few days we managed to meet and talk with loads of Brazilians and other foreigners enjoying one of the Southern Hemesphere’s winter break weeks,

Surfer on the edge

Surfer on the edge

experience the flare of Brazilian soccer watching endless pick-up games on the beach and an official match at their famous Maracana stadium,

Practice makes perfect - this boy plays better than me!

Practice makes perfect - this boy plays better than me!

Inside Maracana

Inside Maracana

eat loads of great food off the street stands and in great Rio restaurants,

Fried bananas and Ice Cream (!)

Fried bananas and Ice Cream (!)

and see a live jazz fest and later dance to a 14-piece live samba group at a club in lapa.

Under the arches in Lapa

Under the arches in Lapa

After 7 days I felt rejuvinated and ready to get back to my routine.  As the plane touched down in BA I even felt a sense of “I’m home”.

(though not without a lingering thought of this warmth and beauty)

(though not without a lingering thought of this warmth and beauty)

Unfortunately BA will not be my home for long, as I woke the next morning to face the last 10 days here as an Advocacy Project Fellow with the Asociacion Para Politicas Publicas (APP).  My last week here will be a whirlwind of completing as much as possible with APP, spending time with new lifelong friends, and enjoying the city in all of its 24 hour glory.  All with a charge of energy from a beautiful time in Rio de Janeiro.

Tip of Praia

Tip of Praia

Blissfull drive view

Blissful drive view

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