"I'll walk down Ipanema beach, have my picture taken, then post it with the caption: Girl from Ipanema," my close friend, April, said.
"But that's MY idea!" I replied.
"Fine, fine! We'll both have our Girl from Ipanema photo!" she said and we both burst out laughing.
That conversation took place four years ago when my friend and I had just decided we wanted to go to Brazil. But because of budget (or lack of it thereof), work, etc. etc., we never really got around to booking the trip. At one point, I felt sad at the thought that the trip may never ever take place anymore.
Until last year.
One hot November afternoon, I finally found myself walking down the Ipanema beach basking under the glorious Ipanema sun. I was beside myself with excitement, drinking in all the colors in the beach whose popularity was also magnified by Brazilian bossa nova, Garota de Ipanema (Girl from Ipanema).