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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Day 12

Good morning! It's Annie again. It is our last day in Brazil. Tear! Lindsay, Turner, and I woke up at 10:30 and rushed around and packed. We were in a bit of a hurry only
because we wanted to go to the beach one last time before we had to check out and leave. Lucky for us it was the weekend and the hotel was still offering breakfast. Lindsay
feasted on the sausage and I ate almost every kind of fruit they offered. Then we hit the beach and met up with Jordanne, Karen, NIemer, Myanna, and Reed. They had already
taken on the ocean and were ready to make their last purchases. They went off and Lindsay and I stayed. We waded in the ocean, laid in the sun, and enjoyed watching the
people of Brazil for the last time. At 1pm we checked out of the hotel and packed our bags into the bus. Then we were told to grab something to eat. Lindsay, Bruce, Jeff
and I went to Bob's Burgers. It is Brazil's version of fast food. Bruce had the biggest burger I had ever seen and Lindsay and Jeff had burgers that were not even comparable
to White Castle. Gross. My chicken was decent ;) Then Lindsay and I got frozen yogurt with strawberries and kiwi! We boarded the bus at 2 and headed to see Christ Redentor Statue.
We bussed to the bottom of the Corcovado mountain. There we switched from the bus to a 15 passenger van. We rode that half way up the mountain then switched to another 15
passenger van. This time we made it all the way to the top. Unfortunately the clouds were out and we couldn't see anything. After some time the clouds started moving and we
got to see Christ a little more clearly. At one point the sun shined on Christ and everyone cheered and whipped out their cameras. We went to the very base of the statue and sat
at a little deli where some of the girls ate some chicken rolls and mango juice. Then we all decided we wanted to get rid of our centavos so we piled it all together and
bought three rolls of cookies. We were very unimpressed with their cookies. Right before we got on the vans to make our way down the mountain the clouds cleared. We could see
all of Rio! It was beautiful!! We could see the city and the ocean! Amazing! We rode back down the mountain and at the halfway mark there was a little building and a tiny tv
with the antenna taped to it. Obviously the world cup games were playing, a bunch of people were huddled around it. The image was terrible and you could see two of everything.
One of my favorite parts of this trip is the amount of tvs everywhere playing the World Cup. The next van we got in had a tv in it too! These people are obsessed! At the bottom
we boarded our bus and said our goodbyes to Camila. She was incredible this trip! She really showed us a good time! Thanks Camila :) We got to the airport at 6:30, said
goodbye to Reed, and ate the only food they offered at the airport. We all had chips and a panini. Not too bad! Now some of us are watching a terrible movie on the plane
and the rest are fast asleep. Lucky little Niemer behind me has two seats to herself! Well Ladies and Gentlemen it has been quite a trip. An experience of a lifetime. Tchou!

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