Tonight we arrived in Rio de Janeiro. Getting out of Iguazu in Brazil was a bit hectic and after landing, our bags took about an hour to come out because apparently the police decided to X-ray every bag when we arrived in Rio. But finally we were on our way and arrived at our hotel in Ipanema. It's right on the beach and our room looks out over the beach, the ocean, and down the strip.
This whole trip started because I wanted to come to Rio to visit my "brother" Dalton Vigh, who lived with my family in NH for a year when I was 8 years old and he was 18. After going back to Brazil, he got involved in TV soap operas (novellas) and now has a quite successful career breaking hearts just like he did in high school. Here is his IMDb page, fan page, and wikipedia entry.
I talked to him tonight (when I called he was at a party celebrating the 100th episode of the TV show he's filming now) and am very excited about seeing him and the different things he has planned. Tomorrow we're going to get dinner and then go out to a place with some Brazilian music.
Sunday, we're heading out to a small private island rented out by the magazine "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" where they will be interviewing him and doing a photo shoot. We're also going to get to visit the TV studio and see him tape an episode while we're here.
Tomorrow we are going to sleep late and then probably just try to get our bearings - maybe hang out on the beach or at the pool until we meet up with Dalton in the evening.