August 4, 2016
Good Morning from Rio De Janeiro...we made it! This morning we were met at the airport by Karla. She has been our liaison to RIO and a huge help. Karla was born in RIO and lived here all her life, aside from the four years when she attended college in the states…she has may friends in America and has a real feel for our culture.
"The roomies" I will refer to them now are: Derek (the "Pres" President of Christa Enterprises and also her husband) , Mishal, Christa's mommy in law, Hannah D, Christa's sister in law, Hannah P, Christa's cousin, Rob and he has many titles: Christa's dad, travel coordinator extraordinaire, USA women's volleyball team friends and family liaison, and me, Christa's mommy.
On our way to our RIO home she points out that security is at a premium, (riffled military on every corner-previous reports have been that there is no security), the subway is up and running as it has been for the last 20 years (previous reports that it was down and it won’t be ready for the games), that the water is polluted Karla reports…while you will see pollution in the bay area…the “free ocean” across from our RIO home is business as usual-beautiful! Karla doesn’t recommend that we drink the water (which is the norm for any foreign travel) Karla reminds us to use common sense when going out…she recommends the routes we travel. Karla points out all the local eateries and a very famous one called Shirley’s.
Our apartment is located on LEME beach where the outdoor volleyball venue is on this site as well...the place will be hopping, the Today show is broadcasting live on this beach.
So, we, the roomies, continue on this journey armed with bug repellent and our new founded “street smarts” breathing a little bit easier by the news our new friend brings. Actually with all this, I am feeling my sense of adventure loosen…we grab a bite to eat at a little Italian restaurant and our group decides to make our way to the P & G House (Procter & Gamble). The P & G House is a place where Olympic athlete’s families can go and be at “home”. Living spaces equipped with food, drink, huge lounging areas, full service salon, a man cave, a roof top bar and restaurant, music, 24- hour laundry service just like home, right moms…well actually it's nothing like home mom, because they do the laundry for you.
Rooftop at the P & G house where we will celebrate the opening ceremonies tonight with family and friends! Go USA!
Good night for now RIO...