My South American Adventure

Today I'm linking up with Amanda at The Beginning of Everything for her Travel Tuesday (even though it's wednesday) link-up
Last summer, my granddad and I took a trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and it has been my favorite trip to-date.

In college I was a Latin American studies major, and the school approved this two-week trip to count towards my study abroad requirement, I was THRILLED!
We started our adventure in Buenos Aires. I absolutely fell in love with the city and wish I could have spent some more time exploring it. This is a picture in front of "La Casa Rosada" or "The Pink House", their version of The White House.
I've spent a lot of time in Latin America but Argentina was different. I was amazed by the beautiful European architecture blended with the traditional Latin culture. The food and wine were great and the people were some of the friendliest I've ever met.

Our next stop was Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is an incredible city, with huge high rise buildings right along the ocean. 

In Brazil they speak Portuguese but I naively figured I would be able to communicate with my Spanish and English, I was wrong. The people were super friendly but many of them did not speak any Spanish, despite their proximity to the other Latin American countries.
This is in front of "Escadaria Selaron"built by a Chilean artist.

The views in Brazil were absolutely stunning and we got some great pictures from the "Cristo Redentor" statue and Sugar Loaf mountain.
I loved both of these amazing countries and tried to soak up as much of the culture as I could while I was there.
We also got to visit Maracana, where they will host the FIFA World Cup in 2014!
This trip was so special but I think what made it so great was the fact that I got to spend two weeks with my granddad. I don't know when we'll get that much quality time together again, just he and I, and we created some memories that I will never forget.

What has been a trip that you will never forget? What made it so special?


Laura said...

LOVE this! How special for you to have that time away with Grandpa. and your school had a study abroad requirement? awesome! saw you on FTLOB today - neat.

Amanda said...

I would LOVE to visit South America! And how fun that you went with your Grandfather. These pictures are great. Thanks for linking up, and for the shout out! I hope to see you for next weeks link up! P.S. I looove your blog design. Did you design it yourself?! :)

Bri said...

Hi Bri it's Bri! No really I go by Bri (like the delicious cheese) too! Found you via FTLOB and loved your post! Very cool career you've started for yourself and how amazing you've been to BA! It's on my wishlist!

I'm not sure I could pick a favorite trip, I'll go for a tie between Paris (because it's Paris!) and Rome and seeing all the landmarks in such a beautiful city for myself!


{K} said...

Beautiful pictures!! Looks like a wonderful trip. How special that you got to spend that time with your grandfather.

Kate Sparkles said...

Wow, it all looks so amazing. South America is definitely on my bucket list, especially Brazil.
And you're so lucky to be able to do it all with your grandfather.

Alexis Kaye said...

So beautiful! My husband served a mission for our church in south america. He said they cover the eyes on the statue of christ during celebrations! I thought that was silly :) We really want to go back there! It's gorgeous! And the people seem so incredible.

Sweet Green Tangerine said...

Oh wow! I would LOVE to go to Rio. Your trip looks amazing & that's so cool you went with your grand-dad. And btw...that first pic was crackin me up with those people behind you LOL

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