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MTA CEO (Chief of Extreme Opportunities) Scales Christ the Redeemer Statue

Talk about putting your best foot forward! Mobile Travel Agents CEO, Don Beattie was attending the annual Belmond Travel Agency Advisory Board meeting in RIO when he was presented with the opportunity to scale the Christ the Redeemer Statue and view RIO more than 700 meters below:

MTA CEO BRINGS THINGS TO A HEAD IN RIO

Photo by Matheus Torrezan on Unsplash

 

Santa Claus is Coming…in Springtime?

Today’s featured article takes us to the southern region of Brazil to Gramado.  It is in this mountain community, where a honeymooning couple from RIO seeking peace and quiet instead discovered tinsel and reindeer.  During the month of October (springtime in Brazil) the city of Gramado hosts Natal Luz (“Christmas Lights”), a three-month long Christmas festival that just might be one of the largest in the world.  Read on!

GRAMADO, BRAZIL: WHERE CHRISTMAS STARTS IN OCTOBER, IN SPRINGTIME

Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

Visit the NEW 7 Wonders of the World…From Your Chair

Happy Monday!  The New York Times is offering us a trip around the world to experience the NEW 7 wonders of the world.  This is a virtual trip–but on the plus side, if you aren’t 100% satisfied, you’re guaranteed an immediate refund of your $0.  😉  Click on for videos these beautiful videos featuring Christ the Redeemer and other international gems:

THE NEW YORK TIMES TAKES US TO THE 7 NEW WONDERS OF THE WORLD

Photo by Robert Nyman on Unsplash

 

Fighting the Good Fight

After losing several family members to gun violence in the favela complex of Alemão, Rio de Janeiro, Alan Duarte decided to fight back, but with positive-focused energy.  He established boxing academy Abraço Campeão (Embracing Champions) to show youth the brighter side to their potential.  Read on for more of Duarte’s amazing story and the documentary based on his journey.

GLOVES NOT GUNS: FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT

Photo by Ryan Tang on Unsplash

Happy Anniversary Finland!

Finland is celebrating a 100-year anniversary and inviting 50 venues in 30 countries around the world to join the party.  December 6 marks 100 years since the country’s independence from Russia.  Landmarks around the world are showing love for Finland.  In Rio, the Christ the Redeemer statue will be illuminated in blue and white, the colors of Finland’s flag.

LANDMARKS AROUND THE WORLD TO LIGHT UP IN COLORS OF FINLAND FOR 100TH ANNIVERSARY