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New Years Eve on Copacabana Beach (With Video)

Jan. 01, 2011
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New Years Eve on Copacabana Beach (With Video)
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Happy new year all! Last night I rang in the new year amongst millions of revelers on Copacabana beach. While it was insanely packed, I luckily have Brazilian friends who own an apartment off the beach in Copacabana, so we did drinks there and then walked to the beach around 11:30 with no issues.

The city was electrifying and people were in amazing spirits (I'm sure the caipirinhas, cervezas and champagne helped!). At the stroke of midnight, a great, 15 minute fireworks display erupted and people were spraying champagne everywhere. I think you can see from my video below that my camera (brought my old beater one in case it got wet/stolen/lost) got a little wet.

New Years Eve on Copacabana Beach Rio (Video)

Brazilian tradition is to jump over 7 waves and throw flowers/gifts as offerings. I didn't get a chance to do it, but I did wear all white. After the beach we went back to the apartment, had more champagne and then I used my agressive NY cab skills to somehow score a cab and off we went to famous Brazilian club The Week to party all night. Let's just say I'm a little bit in slow motion today and spent a leisurely afternoon at the pool.

I have a 6 minute video of the fireworks finale that I'll upload when I have high speed internet again. Its currently showing 205 minutes left to upload, so it may have to wait a couple days.

Overall, Brazil has been a great experience. Last year I had the great opportunity of spending New Years Eve in Madrid with my best friend's boyfriends Spanish family. That experience was amazing because I got to experience NYE like a Madrileno (eating 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight and all) and this year I've been similarly lucky. I've gotten to meet a bunch of locals who have been more than hospitable and have shown me firsthand that Brazilians do know how to party.

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I've also fallen in love with caipivodkas (without sugar) and the Ipanema beach culture. More on Brazil when I get a chance to really reflect on my experience here.

Hope you all had an amazing New Years eve and have started 2011 on the right foot!

Some pics..

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