Standing at the Olympic Rings in Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro. The Rio 2016 Olympics Experience: Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

the rio 2016 olympics experience

Somehow, my year in New York City proved to be the most insane and jam-packed period of my life, ever. And then it ended with a bang: the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Not like that is surprising. But between meeting the love of my life, losing a job, traveling to Canada, turning down a job, battling dirty dishes, marathoning the Barefoot Contessa, and saving a dog’s life, there was more packed into one 365-day time period than seemingly my entire life before me.

After all of that, thanks to a couple incredible mentors, the month of August has become my favorite and most hectic of them all. And it all started with one phone call back in April, asking me if I wanted to go to Rio for the Olympics.

Details will come soon, I promise. But for now, I want to share my favorite moments from an unforgettable trip to my favorite country in the world: Brazil. Be warned: this is a photo-heavy post, and I ain’t sorry.

RIO 2016 OLYMPICS EXPERIENCE

The Rio 2016 Olympics Experience: Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

Flying into Rio de Janeiro!: The Rio 2016 Olympics Experience - Julia Jean Kennedy, the Living Emoji

Soaking up the gorgeous views at Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro. - The Rio 2016 Olympics Experience: Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

The view from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain of Rio de Janeiro at dusk. - The Rio 2016 Olympics Experience: Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

Sunset at Sugarloaf Mountain over Rio de Janeiro. - The Rio 2016 Olympics Experience: Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

Can't stop 12th Man country -- met a fellow Seahawks & Russell Wilson fan at the top of Sugarloaf Mountain! - The Rio 2016 Olympics Experience: Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

Can’t stop 12th Man country — met a fellow Seahawks & Russell Wilson fan at the top of Sugarloaf Mountain!

The breakfast spread at my hotel in Rio de Janeiro. The Rio 2016 Olympics Experience: Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

GUYS. THIS WAS THE BREAKFAST SPREAD. YEP.

Barre de Tijuca. The Rio 2016 Olympics Experience: Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

Barre de Tijuca, The Rio 2016 Olympics Experience: Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji
Barre de Tijuca. The Rio 2016 Olympics Experience: Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

Gymnastics Arena at Olympic Park. The Rio 2016 Olympics Experience: Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

Standing inside the Gymnastics arena at Olympic Park.

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro. The Rio 2016 Olympics Experience: Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

Making friends with local Brazilians on Copacabana Beach. The Rio 2016 Olympics Experience: Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

Making friends with local Brazilians who wanted me in their picture!

Making friends with Argentinians with a soccer ball and a good time. The Rio 2016 Olympics Experience: Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

It’s easy to make friends when you have a soccer ball, a friendly attitude, and some type of Spanish-Portuguese-English hybrid language.

Beach volleyball at the Olympics on Copacabana beach. The Rio 2016 Olympics Experience: Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

Catching some beach volleyball legends, April Ross and Kerri Walsh-Jennings as they play Italy.

Michael Phelps' last medal ceremony of the Olympics. The Rio 2016 Olympics Experience: Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

Watching the Medal Ceremony for Michael Phelps’ last race was easily one of my favorite moments from the Olympics.

Ashton Eaton's last event of the Decathlon. The Rio 2016 Olympics Experience: Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

Caught Ashton Eaton’s last event of the Decathlon, officially cementing his place in history as legendary.

The face of someone about to see Usain Bolt's 200m race at the Olympics. The Rio 2016 Olympics Experience: Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

This is my “About to See Usain Bolt” face. Really.

The Rio 2016 Olympics Experience: Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

Repping both my ethnicity, Brazilian, and nationality, American, at Olympic Park.

The gold medal match of women's soccer between Germany and Sweden. The Rio 2016 Olympics Experience: Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

Gold medal match of women’s soccer: Germany vs. Sweden!

Rio de Janeiro. The Rio 2016 Olympics Experience: Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

Street art in Rio de Janeiro. The Rio 2016 Olympics Experience: Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

Celebrating an Olympics well done at Fogo de Chao. The Rio 2016 Olympics Experience: Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

Celebrating an Olympics well done, alongside a couple larger-than-life Olympians. 😉

Standing at the Olympic Rings in Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro. The Rio 2016 Olympics Experience: Julia Jean Kennedy, The Living Emoji

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Julia Jean Kennedy

Julia Jean Kennedy

Preferring basketball over barbies, travel over tutus, and almost any chatter that could somehow relate back to Harry Potter, Julia is always game for a beer and an impromptu booking of a ticket to a game, country, or even the latest Fast and Furious movie. Here, find random thoughts, tidbits about trips, and occasionally Seattle Seahawks propaganda.

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