Bem-vindo ao Rio! (Welcome to Rio!)

I arrived in Rio de Janeiro this morning after a very comfortable flight from San Francisco to Houston, and then from Houston to Rio de Janeiro. This is my second visit to Brazil, although it is my first visit to Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro (River of January) was named by the first Portuguese explorers who arrived at Guanabara Bay on 01 January 1502 and mistakenly thought the mouth of the harbor was a river.

Upon arriving, I immediately looked for a caixa automático (ATM) to withdraw some Brazilian currency, and then went outside to hail a taxi. One of the people organizing taxi rides asked me “Sozinho?” At first, I didn’t understand the word, but I quickly realized that she was asking if I was alone. When I nodded and answered “Sim” (Yes), she ushered me into one of the smaller taxis.

I asked the driver to take me to the Mauá Port. The diver knew where the port was, but had a difficult time finding a route there. Because I arrived on the Saturday before Carnival, many of the streets around the port were closed for Carnival preparations. The driver finally navigated the street closures and brought me to the ship.

The photos below show the view of Rio from the ship, the Oceania Regatta.

Rio de Janeiro from Port Maua -1

Rio de Janeiro from Port Maua -1

SOURCE:  Rio de Janeiro from Port Mauá – 1 (Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 25 February 2017.

Rio de Janeiro from Port Mauá - 2

Rio de Janeiro from Port Mauá – 2

SOURCE:  Rio de Janeiro from Port Mauá – 2 (Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 25 February 2017.

Copyright © 2017 by Stephen J. Danko

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