When I was 11 years old, I told my parents that my dream was to go to Rio de Janeiro for my Sweet 16. I was always fascinated by South America’s mesmerizing landscape and unique culture. I’d seen so many movies that pictured all that Rio had to offer from its lush greenery to its crystal clear waters. There’s just no place like it. The food was reflective of the city’s diversity, the natural beauty was beyond stunning, and the people were more than friendly. Thank you Rio, for the birthday celebration of a lifetime.