Metea Valley Girls Water Polo 2017 Seniors

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Below are the five seniors on this years Metea Valley High School Girls Water Polo Team.

Final day in Rio

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Feb. 25th 2017

On our final day in Rio we had to be off the ship by 9:00 – but our flight did not leave until 10 PM.  We decided to take the long way to the airport offered as a ships tour.  We had viewed many of the locations the day before but only as we drove past them.  Today we got to put feet on the ground..
We viewed a few parade floats as we were leaving the ship.  We stopped a two different beaches and at the big lagoon, spending 15 to 25 min at each stop, before going past the Olympic venues and stopping at a shopping mall.  We had lunch at the mall and then went on to the airport to begin our journey home.

Rio de Janeiro

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Feb. 24th 2017 – After arriving in Rio we took a tour to Christ the Redeemer. After viewing the statue we rode the bus past the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana on our way back to the ship.

6AM Arrival in Rio

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Feb. 24th 2017 –   The images below were taken from our ship as we arrived in the harbor at Rio.

Recife – Brazil

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Feb. 21st 2017 – After another day at see we reached Recife, Brazil which some call the Venice of Brazil. (not even close)  We did a day tour that included a Catamaran ride on the local water ways and a visit to the Casa da Cultura a former prison converted into shops.

 

 

Fortaleza – Brazil

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Feb. 19th 2017 – After two days at sea our ship spent the day in Fortaleza Brazil.   It was Sunday which was good because we didn’t have to deal with the normal bad traffic in the city, but not so good as most everything was closed.  Even the church we visited was locked when we arrived.  The person that was to open the building showed up almost 30 min. late.  The wealthy lived along the beach and in one area just outside of the city.  Everyone else was not so lucky, but the beach was a public area open to the public and used by everyone.  We did notice that in the areas for each of our three stops there was a large police presents.  Made us feel safe for sure but we wondered if it was safe in other areas.  Our tour did not stop at the beach – just drove along the beach so we could see it.  We made three stops. First at the old jail made into tourist shops with a Handicrafts,  second the Jose de Alencar Theater  and the third St. Joseph’s Cathedral. 

Santarem – Brazil

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Feb. 16th 2017 – On our way back down the Amazon River we stopped at Santsarem Brazil. We joined 30 other people on a Maica Lake Nature Cruise and went fishing for piranha (20min) Catch and release.  We didn’t see much of the city but we did see a lot of great animals.

Boca de Valeria, Brazil

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Feb. 15th 2017  Today we stopped at the small village of Boca de Valeria on the Amazon river.    All the people from surrounding villages also came by boat to participate in the days activities – which are mostly selling boat rides, souvenirs or charging to have photos taken.  People either had a local animal such as a sloth, parrot, caiman, lizard or were dressed in native costume for photos.  People also invited you to visit in there home,  but charged for that as well.  We road to shore with the ships Captan and he told us the water was 200 feet deep in this part of the river and that he was here just 3 months ago and the water level was up 16 feet and not even near where it will be during the rainy season.  No photo but we saw a black and yellow poison dart frog. Very small and the liquid on the outside of the frog is what is used to make poison darts.

Ever wonder what happens to the old lost and found on a cruise ship?  They give it to the villages at a stop like this, along with school items and cans of soft drinks.

FIY – You wouldn’t know, but the last photo is an image of a Pink Dolphin.

Day Two – Manaus Brazil

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Feb. 14th 2017  Today we went on the Rio Negro (Black River) that goes past Manaus to the lake (January) water inside the island Iranduba, across the river from Manaus. Once we reached the smaller water ways we transferred to very small boats. The small boats were used to travel the interior water ways.  After that we transferred back to the bigger boat and traveled down stream to the meeting of the Negro and Amazon where the black (Clear) water meets the silt filled brown water to view a meeting of the waters.

Day One – Manaus Brazil

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Feb. 13th 2017 – We arrived in Manaus Brazil about 900 miles up the Amazon River.  Two large rivers come together at Manaus.  One directly beside the city has brackish water and no silt the Negro (Black) River.  It joins the Amazon which is very silty and brown just south of of city. Today we traveled up river for about 45 min. to visit part of the rain forest (Jungle).  The Rio Negro Bridge links the cities of Manaus and Iranduba in Brazil.  It does not cross the Amazon River.  There are no bridge that cross the Amazon river.