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Facts about Rio de Janeiro
HI! Have you noticed that everything is all a-buzz about Rio these days - Rio de Janeiro, that is.
With the focus on the 2016 Summer Olympics, there is no way to separate the games from the locale.
And with good reason. Rio de Janeiro is a pretty exciting and exotic place.
Why, even the famous singer/songwriter, Peter Allen, "The Boy from Oz" wrote an entire song about this Brazilian city!!
In honor of the Olympics, let's take a closer look at Rio...
16 FUN FACTS ABOUT RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
1. Rio de Janeiro was first visited in January 1502 by Portuguese explorers, who believed the bay they encountered (now called Guanabara Bay) was the mouth of a river.
2. The explorers named it Rio de Janeiro, "“River of January” and though it is not a river, the name stuck.
3. Rio de Janeiro is nicknamed Cidade Maravilhosa, or Marvelous City.
4. Locals are called ‘cariocas’, which is pronounced care-ree-o-cas.
5. In 1753, the first ever Carnival occurred in the city, kicking off 40 days before Lent and today Rio Carnival is the biggest and brashest jamboree of its kind.
6. Between 1815 and 1822, Rio served as the centre for the exiled royal court of Portugal, which had been driven from the motherland by Napoleon.
7. November 15, 1889 is the date of the proclamation of the Brazilian republic.
8. Between 1763 and 1960, Rio was the capital, when it was then changed to Brasília.
9. The 1950 World Cup Final, between Uruguay and Brazil, remains the highest attended match ever with 173,850 spectators crammed into Rio’s Maracanã Stadium. Unfortunately, Brazil lost 2-1.
10. The best panoramic views are from the granite peak of Sugarloaf Mountain, which, at 396m, looms large above the city.
11. Christ the Redeemer statue is perhaps the most iconic symbol of Rio, built from 1922 to 1931, it is visited by 5,000 people daily.
12. The statue is the largest Art Deco statue in the world and the fifth largest Jesus statue.
13. Brazil's national culinary dish is Feijoada, which is a hearty stew made from black beans, sausages and low-grade cuts of pork (typically trotters and ears).
14. There are some 600 favelas, or shanty towns, in Rio, with an estimated 6 per cent of Brazil’s population live in favelas.
15. Sixty-five percent of favela residents are considered middle class, with the largest being Rocinha. Official estimates of inhabitants is 70,000, but unofficial estimates say 180,000 is closer to the mark.
16. Samba is the dominant musical genre of Brazil, brought to Latin America by African slaves. The word samba is believed to have derived from a West African Bantu word meaning “to pray” and from an Angolan word meaning “pelvic movements”.
Getting back to yesterday -what a productive day!! Yes, my kids finished up the majority of their summer school work - Kelsey just needs to re-write her report neatly and she is completely ready for school come September.
We also spent several hours organizing Kelsey's room. She has so many old clothes that don't fit her and with her sister just having a huge growth spurt, she just inherited a huge number of almost-new hand-me-downs.
Clearly, we needed to make room for the "new" stuff. My little clothes horse sorted through drawers and her closet, only to find she still had wears in sizes 5 and 6! She is now a 10-12.
Needless to say, we made a ton of room. What a pleasure it is to go into her closet now. We even designated a special location for her school uniforms so they are easily accessible to her.
Gianna's room was another story. While the bulk of her closet and drawers was done last week, this kid has quickly become a teenage slob! Stuff everywhere, it is a bit difficult to wade through the mess and keep the room looking neat.
Anyway, our pile for the Veterans is growing and I cannot wait till mid-August when they come to pick up.
I also did a few handy projects around the house - fixing hinges on cabinets and organizing mine and the kids' books.
Last night, me and Kelsey settled down to watch a movie on Netflix, appropriately enough, "Mothers and Daughters." It was cute - a touch sentimental but enjoyable nonetheless.
I don't men to be catty, but there was definitely a Botox fest prior to filming this movie. Courtney Cox ("Friends") was such a beautiful girl - I'm not sure what she did to herself, but she looked absolutely awful. It was hard to watch her as I spent the whole time trying to figure out what was wrong with her face.
Sharon Stone did not look much better either. For some reason, mostly every female looked really strange - not sure why, but the movie kept my mine and Kelsey's attention. And no foul language or sex, which was refreshing.
Today equals more work around the house, some errands and grocery shopping.
Tomorrow...Horses & Horse Show...
I got roped into driving out east for the girls to see a few of their barn-mates compete in a show. How do I always manage to say "Ok." lol.
Gianna is making treats for everyone today to bring. I'll snap a few pics of the finished products when they are ready.
Of course, it wasn't enough to just schlepp out to the show; they asked if we could go say "hi" to their beloved horses. Ugh - no problem kids -- and I'll be back on a few-day routine with riding this week again, back and forth from Nassau to Suffolk counties, for the next 3 weeks.
Well, here's to a great weekend!
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