Closing Time

August 15, 2009

We don’t usually sit on the beach at the end of the day, but today we were there for closing time.  After basking in the sun earlier on Ipanema and then getting lunch and walking to Copa, we were on our way back and sat to watch the sunset.  The detritus of a particularly packed day on the sand seemed poignant against the clear sky and sinking sun.  Drinking straws poked up everywhere, discarded coconuts dotted the beach, empty cans and Globo wrappers lay like miniature sunbathers and towels. It’s amazing that it all gets cleaned up every night and is pristine each morning for the new wash of sunbathers.

We also saw an ice cream vendor and a drink vendor balancing a checkers board on their carts, playing with blue and clear caps from different brands of bottled water.  It was a good image.  I only wish I had my camera with me to take a picture.

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One Response to “Closing Time”

  1. eileen said

    I love how people play impromptu boardgames in Latin America! It’s such a stodgy thing to do in the states, and it becomes a big passtime in some places. Here’s a photo I snapped of some folks playing a parcheesi-type game balanced on a cart in Cartagena, Colombia. http://www.flickr.com/photos/bearshapedsphere/2820813655/in/photostream/

    Loved your description of the beach detritus!

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