Around the world with Lu and Cosmo


Lu and Cosmo flew to Rio de Janeiro today with Lufthansa. While walking through the second biggest city in Brazil, Lu tells his friend: "Rio de Janeiro is the home of carnival and is famous for its sandy beaches, Ipanema and Copacabana. That is where the Cariocas, which is what the people from Rio are called, go in their free time." Cosmo asks excitedly: "So what can we do in Rio, Lu?" "Anybody, who visits Rio should definitely go and see the famous landmarks, the Sugarloaf Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer statue. The Sugarloaf Mountain, a large cliff, was given that name because it looks like a loaf of bread with sugar on top. Come on, let's take the cable car to the very top!" Lu replies.

They take the cable car up. The friends are amazed because the cable car gondolas are made out of glass. They love the view over the Sugarloaf Mountain. "Wow Lu! I can see the whole of Rio!" Cosmo exclaims when they get to the top. "Awesome! And look, you can see Copacabana down there. The beach is four kilometres long. We've got to go for a swim later," Lu says to his friend.

But first, the two friends want to climb up Corcovado to admire the famous statue of Jesus. So, they leave the Sugarloaf Mountain and make their way to the foot of the hunchback hill - Corcovado means "hunchback". They decide to take the steps up. 220 steps! Lu and Cosmo definitely break into a sweat. But it is worth it. The keeper on top of the hill is the 38-metre tall statue of Jesus, his arms seem to stretch out across the whole city. "The Christ the Redeemer statue was nominated one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007," says Lu.

The two have time to go to the beach for a swim before the sun sets over the city. "That was a great day in Rio," Cosmo says, as he lies tired, but happy in his bed. "Yeah Cosmo, I thought so too. And now: Boa noite! Goodnight!" whispers Lu before he closes his eyes.