Nancy Miller takes the advice of a friend, and jumps off a cliff!  Fortunately it was with Renaldo Pereira da Silva, “Jajao”, a hang gliding and airplane pilot with over 25 years flying experience.  The kites glide on the ocean winds over the Pedra Bonita mountains in Sao Conrado neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro.  Nancy…

Mark and I woke up early and headed to Copacabana Beach for the Triathlon. We took the new segment of the metro (subway) line that was only open to people with tickets or credentials. We had credentials, but no tickets. We didn’t think we needed tickets and thought we could just watch from the beach….

The only way in to Paralympic Village is with special credentials, which we did not have. But…on my way to Rio trying to tie up loose ends at the airport before leaving the country, I spoke with Crystal Schultz from Ottobock about our account. I mentioned that I was on my way to Rio, and…

After being in Rio for two weeks solo, Mark joined me on Friday, September 9! Traveling to Barra da Tijuca is not the easiest feat. Mark left on Thursday evening and arrived in Brazil Friday morning at 8 am. It takes two buses and about two hours with traffic to get to the Western region…

Mark and I headed to Olympic Park after our visit to Paralympic Village on Saturday, September 10th. We had tickets to the cycling event. Olympic Park is massive. There is an open space in the center of the eight huge stadiums where people can purchase food and eat at picnic tables. We were starving, so we…

The Opening Ceremony for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio, Brazil kicked off at 6:15 on September 7, 2016 and I WAS THERE!!! As soon as I established my volunteer schedule and found that I could take time off for the opening ceremony, I tried to purchase tickets. Unfortunately, the first two tiers were already sold…

Thanks to my manger Nathan, I was able to transfer to the International Relations & Protocol Operations Department. I still work in the hotel next door, but now it is in the lobby where all of the International Clients check in. They are the IPC, NPC and IF Presidents, Secretary Generals and Committee members. Now…

My friend Claudia invited me to her colleague’s birthday party in Copacabana Wednesday night. The party was at a typical restaurant/bar here. They are usually outdoor restaurants along the sidewalk with a counter to order your food and tables set up under an awning. Everyone is very friendly. People who are originally from the city of…

On my day off, after my first volleyball lesson, I met up with my new friend Curry from China. Together we went to visit one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, the Christ the Redeemer statue.   Curry got to Rio a few days before I did, and is not scheduled to work…

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