Today was our last full day in Rio...
This morning was the culmination of the design projects, that we presented in groups. Yesterday morning was the final exam for the Arts and Ecosystems course, which allowed groups to focus their energies on final production for the presentations today.
The presentations allowed us to share the projects and get ideas and feedback from other groups.
After the presentations were finished, we had an impromptu "pizza party" while waiting for a bus and praying for the rain to keep away.
Good fortune was on our side, and we had the treat of visiting the beach at Grumari for a second time. It was astonishing how rough the surf was this time compared to last time, but we can gladly say that we got our share of sun and the rain kept at bay.
We were lucky to be joined by two of Michelle's cousins who live here in Rio - this trip has been the first time Michelle has met them in person, so she's been making the most of it.
Since the water was too rough to really swim in, some students resorted to throwing sand at each other for entertainment. In our defense, we had an intense experience this month and it was nice to blow off some steam.
After the beach, we cleaned up, dressed up, and headed out for a final dinner with our guide Andre, who has been invaluable and a great guy. After dinner, we had one more chance to listen to some live Brazilian music before tomorrow's departure. Fortunately, our departure is tomorrow evening, so we will have some luxury of time for final packing tomorrow.
Thanks for keeping tabs on us, and please think kind thoughts for us as we hopefully sleep through most of our flight from Sao Paulo to New York tomorrow night!