"Her name is Lola, she was showgirl..."
It was as though Barry Manilow's song was on loop in my head as we stepped onto the Praia de Copacabana or simply, the Copacabana beach. I know, I know. What a cliche. But what can I do? I've been hearing about Lola since I was in my teens and to be actually setting foot on the famed beach in the famed song was just too thrilling!
TRIVIA: The song "Copacabana" was conceptualized during a conversation between Barry Manilow and his co-writer Bruce Sussman at the Copacabana Hotel in Rio De Janeiro.
But the "Copacabana" in the actual song refers to a night club in Cuba as described in its lyrics: "...at the Copa, Copacabana, the hottest spot north of Havana."*
|Young football players. In Brazil, football (or futebol) is not just a sport but a way of life.|
|Fitness buffs. All around Rio de Janeiro (not just in Copacabana), you'll see people running, working out, staying fit. Enviable really. I felt ashamed after I downed my can of beer haha.|
|Saude! Tim tim! What goes better with the beach? Beer, of course!|
|"I love Cocacobanaaaaaa!" Yes. You didn't read wrong and I didn't misspell it. That's what my then 5-year-old niece screamed as she rushed towards us that afternoon. I wanted to correct her but we were all laughing so hard the words barely got out!|
It was sunnier the second day we went to Copacabana. And as expected, more people flocked to the beach to get their dose of Vitamin D whether by sunbaking or just doing an afternoon stroll.
|(L) A woman selling bikinis; (R) Sun worshippers|
But among the thousands of barely-there swimsuit-clad men and women in Copacabana, these two caught my attention the most.
Next stop: IPANEMA BEACH!