Chapter 3Harnessing the Power of Stories

Having been brought up on the coast of Sydney, I've been happily spoilt when it comes to experiencing wonderful city beaches. Nonetheless, I was swept away when I got to speak at a conference in Rio de Janiero and had the chance to explore the coastline of this vibrant Brazilian city.

The beaches of Rio are magnificent.

Apart from great waves, soft sands and coconut palms along the fringes, they have spectacular views of the mountains and rocks that plunge dramatically into the Atlantic Ocean. The always-passionate Brazilians love them.

The biggest name is Copacabana. This beach is impressive, but it tends to get overwhelmingly busy. Because it's such a magnet, it bustles with locals seeking – quite ...

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