Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

March 6, 2004

Rio: feast of colors, culture and flavors

We went to Rio to visit our dear friends Adriana and Adriano (yes, they are married and their names are Adriana and Adriano and that’s just the tip of the iceberg in the cuteness factor of this couple), who are Cariocas (that’s the word for native inhabitants of the city of Rio de Janeiro). At the time, they lived in an adorable apartment right at the base of Corcavado (the mountain which the Christ the Redeemer statue tops). We were fascinated by the fact that their bathroom had a window which was basically just a cutout in the wall, no screen, no way of closing it. We were like, “but what about mosquitos, what about, you know, winter”? They smiled and patiently explained that neither of those things really exist in Rio, but that every once in a while a monkey will climb through. And that, in a nutshell, is the awesomeness that is Rio.

The Brazilian martial art of capoeira is played at any public square throughout the city, at any hour. Two people play each other at a time while the rest form a circle around them, playing music and singing. It’s a combination of fighting, gymnastics, and dancing. I fell in love with it, and have been lucky enough to find a capoeira group that I play with, right in our neighborhood.

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