Last week I had a very nice visit from Canada!! Annie, the lovely Canadian girl behind Annie Anywhere, was spending some days in Rio and suggested we could meet. Obviously I accepted! We have been connected for a while and she hosted one of my posts on her blog some months ago (check here), and I thought it would be fun to invite her for a typical carioca activity! So I took her to have a Stand-Up Paddle session and we had a wonderful time together!
It is nice when people are open to experiencing new things, specially when travelling to a country with a totally different culture, weather and traditions from your home country, like Brazil is.
We met at Posto 6, the area in the very right corner of Copacabana beach, by Dorival Caymmi statue, where there are many tents renting Stand Up Paddle boards. Although there are many options , we decided to go to Universo Paddle Surf , as I am already used to their service.
A nice thing about Universo Paddle Surf is that they have instructors speaking english and spanish. After a 5 minutes of introduction and basic instructions to SUP given to Annie in english by the helpful instructor, we were ready to start our adventure.
We paddled for half-an hour, and it was enough to enjoy the afternoon and to show Annie Copacabana beach from a different angle. The sky was a little cloudy but the water conditions were perfect, right temperature and clear water.
Annie did a good job on the board. In her first 5 minutes she was already stood up paddling!!! We had a lot of fun!!! When our 30 minutes session finished we stayed a little bit in the beach, just enjoying the view and feeling the sunrays on our skin.
Later, I took Annie to eat something in a small place I’m used to go in Ipanema neighborhood, Felice Café, a small café/bistrot/gelateria with a cozy and casual atmosphere. While chatting, she ate a sandwich and I had one of their tasty gelattos.
It was a lovely afternoon and it was a nice way to know her a little better.
Thanks Annie for your visit! Hope to see you soon in Rio or who knows in Montreal some day!!!
To know more about Annie adventures in Rio, stay connected to her blog where she is sharing something of her experiences in Rio.
Universo Paddle Surf – email: firstname.lastname@example.org – Av Atlântica, n° 3.700 (posto 6) Praia de Copacabana-Rio de Janeiro