NYE in Rio - Simply Indescribable - But I'll Try

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Fancy hotel at Copacabana Beach.

During the day, we took our normal beach and street walks, checking out the scene. By midday, the beach was already crowded, music was already playing, and people were already drinking. Wow it was gonna be good.

We did our errands - I bought some white capris and red flip flops. We bought beer, champagned, red bull, and ice. And we bought canvas bags to carry our stash. We were set.

We opted for a simple dinner tonight - Rotisserie chicken and bread rolls. Simple but tasty. Around 7:30pm, we put on our white outfits. I opted to wear my sandals and NOT the red flip flops. I was concerned about the flimsy nature of the flip flops, especially given there surely would be broken glass, spilled food and drink, and other gross things on the streets and beach.

Adam and me in front of one of the big billboards.

Chris met us at our apartment too. By 8pm we headed out into the fray.

I don't really know how to describe the next 10 hours out on the streets and beach. It really is indescribable. The mass of people, the blaring music, the collection of street vendors, the massive stage setup (with live band playing), the awesome fireworks display, the variety of people and outfits and levels of sobriety.

Early on, people had staked out places on the beach - with tents, blankets, stakes and ropes, or even just mounds of sand outlining "their spot." Surely that wouldn´t last through the night, I thouught.

We walked around for a few hours and around 11pm settled in on a spot on the beach, next to a foursome of girls from Argentina. They were friendly so we hung out there for the midnight celebration and fireworks.

The big speakers behind the billboards, blasting music across the beach.
The fireworks display was HUGE.  Biggest I´ve ever seen.

Afterward, Chris left to go to the bars and the girls left to meet other friends. So Adam and I continued our stroll down to the water, across the beach, through people's "spots", etc. We chatted with folks along the way. And stopped at a hot dog stand to eat one of the biggest, messiest hot dog creations ever. At one point, we stopped and sat down with some folks for a bit - but someone stole Adam's bag - including his shoes! So that put a slight damper on things. I gave Adam my shoes so he could get back to the apartment and get my flip flops while I waited. But by the time he got back, we decided to just call it a night.

That´s about all I can say. It's amazing how quickly the night passed. I couldn´t believe it was over when it was over. Looking back now, it all seems like a dream. 

It was definitely a night (and experience) I will never forget, and wish I could do all over again.

 

 

 

mellemel8 says:
WHAT?!!?! no GOOSE!!!! :P
Posted on: Jan 07, 2009
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Fancy hotel at Copacabana Beach.
Fancy hotel at Copacabana Beach.
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Adam scoping out the beach scene.
Adam scoping out the beach scene.
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Fireworks at midnight!
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They want some more champagne...
...and, what do you know, I have s…
...and, what do you know, I have …
Me and my friends.  Oh, and Adam.
Me and my friends. Oh, and Adam.
Me, happy as a clam.
Me, happy as a clam.
Adam, like a deer in headlights.
Adam, like a deer in headlights.
Street vendor food...
Street vendor food...
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...yes, we ate it.
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