We were taking so many photos that our cheeks were getting sore. As we made our way up the flights of stairs, the statue was in site peering through the trees, and the anticipation was building. Once we got to the final flight, Christ the Redeemer got larger, and the excitement became more tangible. When we finally reached the top, the crowds and cameras were insane. Standing 125 feet tall, the statue was phenomenal.
I think that one of the best experiences of this journey is being able to meet the citizens of Brazil. Emily and Brandi had the opportunity to sit next to Mrs. Amstalden on the plane to Rio and have a great conversation.
Even though we all were extremely exhausted from the overnight flight, the excitement and adrenaline gave us more than enough energy to be the extreme tourist. Thanks to Timmy's selfie stick, all the locals can spot us a mile away posing for the camera.