Today threw us for a loop because the access road to the Pousada was slated to close at 7 a.m. for a cycling competition that morning, which meant that if we did not get out by then we would be stuck there until 1 p.m. at the earliest. Thus, we had a 6:30 a.m. pick up that morning!
Since we could not get breakfast at the Pousada, which normally serves from 8-10 a.m., we stopped at a beachside cafe for coffee and such. Here, our driver -- "Chico" -- proudly sports his matching shirt with Mike Spratt.
While checking out the beach, Paul found an abandoned skim board that he claimed under the rule of finders keepers.
Attending Olympic events is akin to going through TSA security at airports, but fortunately the lines for rowing were not too long.
The students' very first Olympic event, rowing, proved to be a treat, with perfect weather and seeing an American -- Gevvie Stone from Newton, MA -- win her single sculls heat to boot!
Ryan and Francesco taking in the sun and rowing action.
The precise moment of glory for U-S-A!
WNE at the Olympics!
Dean Kleine mugs it up with Jeremy, Ryan, and Francesco.
Shout out from Kevin to WNE.
Erika, Rickie, and Chelsea wave the flag for Team USA. Note Rickie's sign that was edited to read: "I attend WNE because I get to go to the Olympics."
Jeremy and Ryan working the envy angle.
Head count check: all present and accounted for!
Trying out fresh coconut milk direct from the source for the first time...yum!
Emily gives rowing a try on a simulator...and feels the burn!
GB takes in the sights from his high perch.
After rowing, the delegation headed to Corcovado, with Dean Kleine leading the way!
Barstool Sports atop Corcovado!
Cristo Redentor welcomes the WNE delegation to Corcovado
View from Corcovado
Mike enjoys the view from atop Corcovado Mountain, which is of little consolation to GB!
After Corcovado, the students finally got their wish to spend some time at Copacabana Beach!
Nothing like a good meal to finish off another great day in Rio!