This past February I spent a little over two weeks in the most wonderful city in the world, Rio de Janeiro. People often ask me if I miss Brazil and if ever think of going back. The answer is primarily, no. I miss it but not to the point of waiting to make a life for myself there again. With the exception of this place. How could I not? The short two-year period when I harbored a home in Rio were long enough to make me fall in love for life. Over and over again.
One of the infinite reasons why I love this place so much is the local’s dedication to living a healthy, balanced lifestyle and their tireless passion for the place they inhabit. My days would start bright and early with a 7AM work out at the beach, surrounded by the most beautiful landscape you will ever see. There were countless options for healthy, fresh food restaurants to enjoy and even get delivered at your door.
Of course, there was lots of room to indulge, but for the most part I was able to maintain great eating habits throughout my stay. I stayed with friends but for a couple of days, allowed myself to be pampered at the Fasano Hotel, located at my favorite beach and old neighborhood of Ipanema.
I can’t get over the sunsets. Every end of day was a true spectacle. My friend Dani and I would order a glass rose champagne and watch the beautiful show from their rooftop pool. A truly unforgettable experience and perfect farewell.
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