Bem-Vindo ao Rio!

Landing in RioI’ve been delaying writing this post because I think I’d kinda hate somebody who got invited to go to the World Cup and then blathered on and on about the insane amount of fun she had. I’d think to myself — What a bragging brat. But … it was SO much fun and I loved every minute there SO much, I’m going to take the risk of being “that person.”

Me holding Oglethorpe University's mascot Petey -- We weren't having any fun at ALL.

My husband and I were invited as guests of Coca-Cola, and Iet me just say that never in my life have I felt more welcomed, indulged, fed, feted, and extravagantly entertained. Of course, the World Cup final game was my husband’s ultimate dream and the real icing on the cake…ticket

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The winners!…but the cake was pretty awesome all by itself.

Seeing Christ the Redeemer…in person….welcome to Rio

…walking on Ipanema Beach…sunset..going to the hippie market and monasteries…St. Benedicts2

..meeting some beautiful young women from Coca-Cola’s Coletivo Project that is helping to prepare and employ young people in the poverty-stricken favelas…gorgeous…hanging out with cool Coke people from across the globe…David…and oh yeah, being wined and dined 24/7.

The semi-final watching party at our hotel!

The semi-final watching party at our hotel!

Rio is a party city in the calmest of times — but during the World Cup it was totally over the top.miss brazil

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The armada of Brazilian ships guarding the harbor.

The armada of Brazilian ships guarding the harbor.

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we were thereSo …when are we going back??Our view