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... of place, so we grabbed a cab home at 9.30, probably some hours
before things really got going. Not for us, we decided. You can get some idea
from the few photos I dared to take.
So that’s our take on Rio- fascinating and not to be missed,
but not at all what we expected. Mind you, in our 12 days living in an apartment
... propaganda!) but really lively and the smells changed all the time but I still felt it had great personality, the residents were friendly and cheerful despite all of the surroundings. I felt safe and it had a good vibe. They have there own shops so they don't have to go anywhere except to work (which a majority of them do have). Heaps of beauty saloons, hairdressers. It was a sensory overload.
With a siesta under ...
... of wealth, still somehow blend into the landscape creating a tantalizing image of beauty. No wonder so many artist depict as many images of the favelas on rolling hillsides as they do of the sand and surf! I knew immediately on our ride from the airport that the 38 hours I had in Rio was not enough. My return to Brazil in the future would have to incorporate not only a visit to Salvador, but to Rio as well. I also immediately recognized the regional ...
... the ceremony. Then it was out and down to the beach to soak up some atmosphere. We headed down to Copacabana palace where there were mass amounts of police men and security as well as helicopters flying overhead. We heard rumours of Beyoncé and Shakira doing a free show but we didn't see anything. The beachfront was so packed. There were people walking up and down the beach all celebrating and ...
... threw a brick this guy and then they disappeared around a corner punching & kicking each other. 2 sketchy little dogs ran around the corner to join the attack. Pretty raw intro to the back streets of Rio. After 5 days in Rio we moved from our luxury hotel, funnily enough about 300 metres up the road to what would be our home for the next 2 weeks - Books Hostel ...