Amy was between her first and second years of medical school and had just completed a pediatric research fellowship in Buenos Aires. She decided to travel to Brazil for a quick vacation before starting the new school year in NYC. On the very first morning at her stay in Rio Hostel, she met a tall friendly Englishman who also happened to be a guest at this hostel. His name was Matt and when he wasn’t working on a boat as a sailor somewhere in the high seas, he would be exploring the world on land by foot. This time, his vacation travels brought him to the same hostel as Amy. They spent their first days in Rio together, getting to know the new city and each other with an insatiable sense of curiosity. Amy extended her vacation to stay another 2 weeks with Matt. They spent their days traveling along the coast, island hopping, surfing, drinking caipirinhas and eating acai berry ices. They got matching tattoos. He bought a malleable wire ring from a local artist and proposed to her on the streets of Lapa. Read more at
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