Rio is all about beaches and nightlife. During the day, Copacabana and Ipanema are not so different from any other tropical city beaches in the world. There is the usual array of stands to buy drinks, ice cream and fried food, and you'll find vendors hawking T-shirts, towels and surfing lessons. At night, however, the place begins to show its character. In Brazilian Portuguese, the words for sex and food are often interchangeable. Fome, for example, means both hunger and sexual desire, and comendo translates as either intercourse or eating. Rio epitomizes this blend, with a spicy nightlife of clubs, casinos and beachside cafes overflowing with young men and women living for a day on the beach and a night of feasting. On Copacabana, we found a transvestite Christmas play taking place on the sands. The next morning, Gabe reported finding a live sex show at a place a few blocks off the beach. When Mauricio shot him a quizzical look, Gabe responded, "What? I didn't go."