Posted on behalf of Brock Walker
Overall, we stayed very busy during our business trip to Brazil and it was a rewarding and enriching experience, both personally and professionally. Rio was beautiful, the food was delicious, and the people were spectacular. Although we had very narrow windows to go out and explore the city, I thoroughly enjoyed discussing the culture and site visits with other students in the evenings over a late dinner, and will always remember the night we enjoyed dinner at a Brazilian steakhouse, followed by samba dancing with the locals into the early hours of our last day in Rio. Additionally, packing in as many tourist activities as possible on our last day was well worth the two hours of sleep we got the night before. We woke up early, enjoyed a light breakfast, and departed for Christ the Redeemer, the highest point in Rio. After taking in a cloudy, but still inspiring view, we went down the mountain to an overlook that was below the clouds and took in the view of Rio. Afterward, we were able to enjoy some time on the beach, in the ocean, in the hotel pool, and still managed to carve out a little time to go searching for souvenirs.