Eventually, we’ll spill all of the details of our first full day in Brazil. Until then, here are each of our personal favorite moments.
Katie: attending my first World Cup match! (Followed closely by our dinner of kielbasa and French fries, ordered accidentally).
Alyson: talking to people from all over the world, including the Israeli father and son staying at our hotel, the kindly Canadian from Ottawa who was carrying his guitar, a Brazilian father and son who were rooting for Italy, the Mexican man who asked for a picture and a kiss, and numerous friendly cab drivers who we communicate with solely via smiles and nods.
Lauren: buying a fresh coconut from an old man on the street and drinking fresh coconut water from it. When the coconut water was finished, I got the great idea to smash the coconut open on the steps of the Casa de Cultura. Onlookers had a good laugh. I was victorious after six throws. However, I couldn’t scoop the insides out without a spoon. I was rescued by our bemused vendor, who came over with a spoon and a smile. He saved the day and then he fist bumped me.