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June 16, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Sunburns and soccer

BY ERIC LALIBERTE

A look at the giant video screen showing matches on Copacabana Beach. (Photo by Eric Laliberte)

A look at the giant video screen showing matches on Copacabana Beach. (Photo by Eric Laliberte)

On sun-drenched Copacabana beach, FIFA has erected a massive television screen and surrounded it with concessionaires peddling cheap beer and savory pies.  It’s a soccer fans nirvana.  But it’s one that comes at a price.

The only thing this heavenly stretch of sand lacks is shade, and my Seattle skin, which has seen only thimblefuls of sunshine in recent months, is ill-equipped to handle the barrage of UV rays raining down from the sky.

When I see the bronzed Brazilians bathing in the sun, I am (quite literally) red with envy.

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