Firstly, I accomplished goal...
#026: Touch the Atlantic Ocean.
Although Uruguay and Argentina both appear to border the Atlantic Ocean, the body of water they are adjacent to is actually known as Rio de la Plata (the Silver River). I am not really sure why because it sure looks like an ocean to me!!!!! Anyway, I wouldn't have wanted to touch the ocean in Uruguay or Argentina anyway because it was seriously freezing there. And, besides, what better place to touch the Atlantic Ocean than at the beautiful beaches of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil?!
I first touched the ocean at a beach in the town of Niteroi, which is across the bay from the city of Rio (but is still in the state of Rio... I think? Confusing!). It was a beautiful beach and very secluded from the public. We laid around on our sarongs (RIP Lara's rainbow sarong which I lost), ate oranges, drank water from freshly cut coconuts, and watched a breath-taking sunset. Incredible day...
For my third goal, I accomplished
#057: Shake hands with a celebrity.
Hahah! Can you guess who it was????????????????
So I was sitting in the Santiago airport with two girls from my exchange student program when one of them pointed out that there was a man wearing a huge clock around his neck like that one famous guy always does. We spent the next 30 seconds waiting for him to turn around so we could laugh at his clock necklace and we finally got a glimpse of it (but not his face!). I actually said out loud, in jest, "FLAVA FLAVVVV". Well, the joke was on us ten minutes later when all of the passengers started lining up to take pictures with him. It was actually Flava Flav! My friend wanted to take a picture with him but I was too embarrassed. I hate bothering celebrities -- I always feel like people should just let them live their lives!
Later on the plane, although Flava Flav was flying First Class, he was wandering around Coach with a glass of wine in his hands and talking to his friends. He was also talking to passengers and seemed to be really enjoying the attention. And then, suddenly, I remembered that shake hands with a celebrity was on my list!!!! So I set aside my fear of bothering him and worked up the nerve to strike up a conversation with him when he passed by me! I shook his hand and we talked for a little bit (hello, how are you, why are you in Santiago, where are you from, please come see me in LA, etc.). He was soooo nice! Sorry I don't have any pictures! You will have to take my word on this one :)
And the other night I accomplished a goal but, for legal reasons, I do not think it is advisable to publicly announce that I did it hahaha. You can look at my list and take a guess at which goal it was... Maybe I will tell you if you guess right :) And those are the goals I accomplished!
Tomorrow I will write about/show you pictures from Uruguay!