View from my balcony in Rio

View from my balcony in Rio

Ipanema Favela — you can see in the last photo how all the fancy hotels at down on the beach to the right. Just four or five blocks behind those hotels starts a sprawl of favelas — slums that creep up the hills. Packed with people. I believe 60,000 people live in the favela pictured here. There are not really any streets, just an intricate system of alleyways and walkways.

Today we got caught in this parade along the beach in Ipanema

Today we got caught in this parade along the beach in Ipanema

Ipanema beach.

Ipanema beach.

Rio.

Rio.

I travel light these days.

I travel light these days.

Conventional tea cups are far too small for this British woman. She likes a solid bowl of tea.

Conventional tea cups are far too small for this British woman. She likes a solid bowl of tea.

Bogota, Columbia

Bogota, Columbia

Today at lunch the waitress gave me a bracelet with the Colombian colors, so that I could take a piece of Columbia with me. It’s the seemingly insignificant moments in life that I am beginning to find so sacred.

Today at lunch the waitress gave me a bracelet with the Colombian colors, so that I could take a piece of Columbia with me. It’s the seemingly insignificant moments in life that I am beginning to find so sacred.

Cali, Columbia. Some serious high diving went down.

Cali, Columbia. Some serious high diving went down.