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This is a belated Happy New Year card to my friends on Trekearth from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Having returned from a 22-day working vacation on a cruise from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, I am just beginning to submit photos. I had been serving as a lecturer on board the elegant ship Crystal Symphony as she plied the waters of the Caribbean and the East Coast of Brazil. Boarding the ship in San Juan, we visited the Port of Scarborough, on the dual islands of Tobago and Trinidad; Devil's Island (where it was impossible to anchor and tender onto shore that particular day); and several ports in Brazil — Fortaleza, Recife, Salvador Bahia, Buzios and Rio. There was also a two-day visit to the incomparable waterfalls on the border between Brazil and Argentina.

The photographs I submit will generally be in chronological order, except the present photo, shot from the Symphony anchored in the port of Rio de Janeiro on New Year's Eve. The fireworks works were simultaneously fired from equidistant points on the Copacabana Beach and detonated at the same height. A bright point of light can be seen high above the horizon on the left side. It is the illuminated statue of Christ Redeemer on the peak of the mountain, Corcovado. The ship anchored in the bay of Rio between 8:00 pm and 2:00 am, then sailed to the resort city of Buzios for one day. It returned to Rio the following day, Jan. 2nd, and we disembarked on Jan 3rd. From there we flew down to the waterfalls of Iguazu two hours south of Rio. Finally, we returned to Rio on Jan. 5th and spent the next three days in that extraordinarily beautiful city.

I wish each of you a wonderful Sunday, but more than that, a Happy New Year. I hope very much that sanity will prevail among world leaders... although realistically, I keep thinking that the world is teetering on the edge of the abyss — while many of the world leaders are engaged in a leapfrog contest on the edge of that abyss.

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