Co-authored with Susanna Melo.

Susanna’s cousin Frances Marie Tims and her husband Eduardo treated us to a wonderful lunch at a restaurant at the top of a shopping mall in Botafogo. From my seat I was able to take this panoramic photograph, with Sugar Loaf in the central background. For optimal viewing, click on the image; magnify it if possible, and then scroll left to right.

Copyright Keith Kenney, 2012

In Rio de Janeiro, we stayed with Leda Barros Franco, a close friend who lived in Columbia many years ago. Her welcoming apartment is one block from Copacabana Beach. Everyone goes to the beach in Rio! Parallel to the sand is a bike path where people rollerblade, run, and bike. In addition, there are small outdoor restaurants that serve drinks and snacks on the famous black and white mosaic sidewalks. A free wi-fi zone follows the shoreline. On the beach people play volleyball, either the traditional way, or by using only their feet, chests, and heads. They also play soccer and paddleball. Some set up an obstacle course. We enjoyed walking the cove-like stretch of beach twice while observing the hustle and bustle of beach activities.

Copyright Susanna Melo, 2012


Susanna and I were walking along Copacabana Beach and I asked this young man if I could take a picture. Moments after taking this photograph, a stranger approached me, put the index finger of her right hand underneath her right eye, and pulled down. She stared at me intently, and then repeated the gesture. She was warning me. She said that people were watching me (with my expensive camera). She told me to put the camera away and leave quickly. She said that there have been a lot of thefts on the beach and in the area. It worked. She scared me enough that I stopped taking pictures.

Copyright Keith Kenney, 2012


About keithrkenney
Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

One Response to Beaches

  1. really nice article… for me it was very enjoyable to read :))) i want to see Rio too.

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