Brazil, Destinations

twoOregonians in Rio

April 17, 2012

Was it a dream, or was it real? The two of us, making our way to/through Rio de Janeiro…

Pulling off the runway in southern Brazil, watching Iguazu Falls pass beneath the window.

Vivid memories all flight long.


Arriving in a new city, waiting to pull around a corner and catch those first, unforgettable glimpses through taxi windows. Sugarloaf Mountain. Christ the Redeemer. Copacabana Beach.

Taking a train to the top of Corcovado: watching the sun fall low and the shadows of Christ the Redeemer stretch over the hills and beaches, skyscrapers and favelas alike…

Etching memories as best we can…

Wondering what it means, to a city, knowing “We are the hem of His robe.

Heading to the high points: Tramming to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain.

Wondering about the pain and the beauty of such a city. The flowers, the barbed wire.

Security needed still in Paradise.

There a things yet broken that will one day be healed.

Beaches waiting for sunset. Then waiting again for dawn.

Enjoying the simple things. Like lasagna with a best friend…

We visit landmarks and gardens and non-profits, then we leave on ships.

These adventures happen in such a flash…

Thank heavens for the gift of memory.

For your own five minute visit to Rio, take a peek at The City of Samba from Jarbas Agnelli.


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  • Reply Grandma & Grandpa Menzel April 19, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Strange, mysterious land, ( by the music)..not fitting for the beauty of the land.
    I love the statue of “Christ the Redeemer.” Thanks for the “post card” you sent.
    You two must be in Spain now. Say HI to Mike and Tracy for us! Enjoy your stay with them!

    • Reply twoOregonians April 29, 2012 at 7:20 am

      Yay – glad that your postcard arrived! Handwritten updates are way better than a blog, anyway : ) We had a wonderful two weeks with Mike and Tracy. Such fun to see friends from home. Love to you both xx

  • Reply Linda Benson April 19, 2012 at 9:12 am

    You guys are so cool.
    That’s all for now ;D.

    • Reply twoOregonians April 29, 2012 at 7:20 am

      Linda, you ROCK! : )

  • Reply Heather W April 19, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    That video kinda sorta blew my mind.

    • Reply twoOregonians April 29, 2012 at 7:21 am

      Wasn’t it gorgeous?!!!?!

  • Reply Ursula April 22, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Wow! So beautiful…glad you got to experience that.
    :) Ursula, Spencer & baby Marie

    • Reply twoOregonians April 29, 2012 at 7:22 am

      Baby Marie!!! You guys must just be in love : ) We can’t wait to see her when we get back to Oregon… Congratulations! xx

  • Reply Judy April 28, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    amazing video. love the effects. looks like a make believe land.

    • Reply twoOregonians April 29, 2012 at 7:23 am

      It’s mesmerizing! I saw the video before we arrived, and it was so fun to get to see it in real life after seeing the “make believe” version : )

  • Reply Jesse Buck April 29, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    My favorite picture was the one of you painting the landscape :)

    • Reply twoOregonians April 29, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      I think it’s mine, too ; ) I always feel so much better when I manage to sit down and work on art for a bit… Now, how can I turn it into a postcard?

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    Unrivaled skyline, unrivaled views!
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