New Digs, Cristo

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It's been way too long (somehow) since I've done a good blog update.  I've got a few reasons, but most of them are related to me being beaten up and lazy, which are frankly things I just need to toughen up about.

 

So the other day I decided to switch Connection Rio houses.  The main house that I've posted pictures of before is the Connection Rio HQ.  It was the first house and was, for a time, the only house.  As word on Connection Rio spread, Dennis managed to get another house, this one directly across the street.  It's much nicer and just seems to have a cooler atmosphere.  This is the Connection Rio Premiere house.  Things over here move at a much slower pace, and it's generally quieter, which is much more my speed.  Don't get me wrong, we definitely do stuff, but it's more my style.

 

One of the nice things over here is definitely the kitchen.  it's huge, organized, and most importantly clean.  I've managed to cook up a few tasty meals since I've been over here which is a lot better than simply having cereal, toast, and sandwiches.  

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We have dance parties over here.  Also random couch jiu-jitsu.  Also monkeys.

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Aside from a good smattering of classes and heading out to random places, the other day I finally ticked off another major tourist landmark and went with a bunch of the people from the house to see Cristo Redentor, Christ the Redeemer, the giant "who knows how tall" statue that lords over the entire city of Rio de Janeiro.

We decided to try our hands at taking public transportation the entire way.  This proved to be long, but fun.  We got a good tour of everything.  We took one public transport mini-van thing to almost Leblon and then hopped another one to General Ossorio square in Ipanema.  From there we hopped on the underground railway system to Largo do Machado.  From there we were getting antsy so we took a quick (and I do mean quick) cab ride to Corovado where there's a tram that takes you up to see the statue.  The tram ride was awesome and also extremely steep.  Here's a picture of me doing the best "smooth criminal" lean I'll ever do.  No I'm not supporting myself with my hands at all.  No one is holding me up.  That's how steep the tram is.

It was kind of an overcast day at Cristo but that made for not a lot of tourists, a smooth ride, and some pictures that people probably don't get.  The city looks pretty neat with a bit of cloud cover and some fog rolling across it (at least I think so).

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I got some pretty "bomb-diggidy" photos of the man himself as well.

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Also I apologize Jesus, but we had to.

For now I'm a bit beat up.  I'm gonna try and hit up Niteroi to check out the bridge and the contemporary art museum over there that's famous.  Also maybe find some local beer places.  I re-watched the Three Sheets episode on Rio and he heads to a Devassa and a Cachaca bar both in Ipanema that I could totally hit up.  Maybe pictures will be crazy.  Maybe I'll lose my camera.  Who knows.