This morning I strolled down the Copacabana boardwalk in order to get a little exercise. I reported in yesterday's post that beach is a hubbub of activity, a carnival like atmosphere, full of scantily dressed bathers. I had no intention of taking photos which might be misunderstood by unconsenting subjects, so it was hard to capture the true spirit of the beach. Fortunately I happened upon a sand castle building contest and I selected two of the most compelling entries. The first picture shows the most amazing sand castle I could ever imagine. It hurt me to think that soon such art will be washed away. I have had similar thoughts about ice or cheese sculptures. Why make something so creative and then eat it or melt it? The second sand sculpture is the best I can do to give an impression of the beach scene. For those of you who may be startled, it is worth remembering that Rio is a city of opposites. The largest cross in the world sits on a mountain overlooking this city.
Tomorrow afternoon, I leave Rio and travel all night and, after three stops reach Santarem, a small river city on the Amazon, where I'll be helping in a clinic. I expect I'll be in for some interesting surprises. According to the guidebooks, there is considerable jungle nearby, so, in my free time, I should be able to post a lot of other pictures I've taken of Rio and venture out in a new environment and take photos of traditional wildlife..