It was July in NY. Hot. 98 degrees. So naturally, when I booked my flight to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, I expected it to be even hotter out there. I was wrong. Much to my surprise, our summer is their Winter. Brazilians go into hibernation mode even when it is only 70 degrees. Luckily, I was able to visit a lot of beautiful sites and capture parts of Brazil at its calmest and most serene.