*Side Note: Thanks for all of the sweet comments on me getting to meet Tim. You guys know me well and realize what an incredible experience it was. XO!*
Back in late 2007, I made my first major out of the country trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was truly an awesome experience. I was dating someone at the time who was from their and whose family resided in a high rise overlooking Copacabana Beach. This was truly a unique opportunity and I'm grateful for the experience.
We took a cable car up Pao de Acucar (Sugarloaf Mountain) and viewed the sights of the city from up above. Wild monkeys were running through the bushes and the view was incredible.
These are the infamous favelas of Rio. Extremely dangerous and complete lawlessness inside. They are rumored to have been cleaned up immensely due to the World Cup coming there in 2013.
The crowded beach in Buzios, a small resort town a few hours outside of Rio. Beaches on sunny days all over the city look just like this. Hardly any room to place your things!
The food in Rio was hands down the best part. The first picture is of me enjoying a fresh Caiprinha and some carne aseca. The bottom picture is of me eating some FRESH Acai from the surrounding Amazon. This stand was right around the corner from the high rise and I went often. You won't find fresher acai anywhere else than in Brazil.
Christ the Redeemer atop Corcavado. One of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Decked out in my Brasil futbol jersey on Copacabana Beach :)
One of the most awesome experiences I had was walking down to the beach and having a coconut chopped open, straw inserted, and drinking fresh coconut water right from the fruit. For only a couple dollars you could be replenished and refreshed. Simply amazing. This was just around the time coconut water was starting to become interesting to us in the states. Since going to Rio, I've tried every brand of coconut water in existence and haven't found anything that compares.
I was super excited when I got the opportunity to try coconut water from KarmaLife. I was intrigued by the flavors they had, including Vanilla and Mojito Green Tea. I love the glass bottles, the packaging, and how wonderfully consumer friendly the company is. They sent me a case, which included 2 of each flavor for a total of six bottles. I dove in immediately!
One of the first things I noticed is the crisp, clear taste. With some of the ones in plastic, you get that icky plastic taste in the water. Since it's packaged in glass, you get to enjoy the pure taste. I really can't decide what my favorite flavor is, they are all truly that good. I love that the flavors they have are unique and so far, no other companies in the industry offer them. Another awesome thing about KarmaLife is it's the first coconut water using coconuts from India. You can truly tell a difference. It's incredibly smooth. It's not overly full of coconut flavor, so for those just looking for the health benefits of coconut water, you'll LOVE KarmaLife. The packaging is entirely made in the USA, Michigan to be exact. Gotta love that! Lastly, for those of you who aren't familiar with coconut water and its benefits to the human body...here are some fast facts for you.
-20 times the potassium of sports drinks and the highest levels of potassium in any coconut water
-No added sugars or refined sugars
-It's the only coconut water with the extra benefit of antioxidants from the Kokum superfruit,
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