Hotel Santa Clara
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... 600 recognised favelas in Rio De Janeiro.
In the 1970s in particular, favelas became more and more over populated. This led to increased poverty, poor health and ultimately crime. Many favelas became under control by various drug-lords and gangs and Rio was now one of the major trade routes for Cocaine. Shoot outs were a nightly occurrence between the rival gangs and the police, leading to an incredibly high murder rate of adults and even children...and this was pretty much ...
... a French architect. Our room is classically designed and beautiful. We have views over the city and a king bed with proper linen. There's nothing like a beautiful space to make you feel creative and peaceful.
The time has almost come to wrap up this magical little adventure, last of everything now, time to take it all in, absorb as much as we can, and then say goodbye.
May the adventures never end! Little ones and big ones, here's to ...
... Thankfully our pilot did this and we got amazing views over Sugarloaf, Copacabana and Ipenema as we said good bye to Rio. The usual stopover in Sao Paolo (at least a different airport this time – Campinas) and we landed in Curitiba.
Curitiba – about 800kms west of Sao Paolo is a landmark in urban planning and is the only Brazilian city that "works" in the sense there is meaningful public transport and there is ...
... in hotels. I'm already loving it. It's the perfect place to crash and rejuvenate between activities.
Once the three weary travelers freshend up and scrubbed the airplane funk away, we were picked up by Carolina and Bernardo for a mid-day meal at one of Mauro's favorite restaurants, Cafe e Restaurante Shirley. He loves the seafood here,but their other menu items ...
... in Rio de Janeiro soon to be home to the World Cup, and Olympics 2016. What is to happen today I don't know but I do know I am equipped with places I want to explore, ways I would like to teach and a desire for change. I also know that the market is to be visited to get my safety net of food for my first week, experiences and laughter will be shared amongst my fellow 15 friends at the hostel here in Vidigal at the balcony BBQ this afternoon. Bom Dia friends. Luce ...