Written by Danery Manzanares – August 21, 2013
What can I say, this experience has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Yesterday, the 5 ambassadors from Recife and the 5 from Campinas finally joined back into one family. It felt as if we were a big family and half went with the mom and half went with the dad. It is great to be back together again. We were all ecstatic to see each other again and were more than ready to share the many experiences we lived in each of our host cities.
Not many people get to say that they were able to step outside their hotel and step onto Ipanema Beach. Being able to feel the sand between your toes and feel the waves splashing against your feet is something so sensational. There is a very good reason why Rio de Janeiro is known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The beauty of this city really can do magical things to a person.
A night on Ipanema with the 10 Youth Ambassadors really taught me just how amazing it is to be around people that you can connect with. This trip also taught me that, sometimes, it is better to listen with both your ears instead of talking with just your mouth. You really begin to see and hear things for what they are and not what they appear to be. I can’t wait to see what Rio has left for the U.S.Y.A’s and also what the U.S.Y.A’s can bring to Rio.