06.02.2012 - 27.02.2012
Oh man oh man oh man oh man. Holy shit brazil, you just keep blowing my mind.
Anyone planning a trip in the near future? Think you should be going somewhere other than brazil? Well, you're wrong. I'm not even sure how to write how I've felt for the last 3 weeks; with each new place came so much ridiculous beauty, people and culture (note: the ridiculous part is also attached to both people and culture as well).
I suppose for brevity sake I'll choose to focus on Rio, my new second home. A place where I did not shut up about how much I loved it to anyone who would listen. Of course, I understand such love is also a product of timing, experiences, and people but even if all three of those failed it would be hard to ignore the beauty that is Rio de Janeiro. I mean, do you live in a massive city that has miles of beautiful beaches and is surrounded by jungley mountains? In fact when was the last time you experienced a city of 10 million, not including the surrounding areas, that had any nature at all?
Yes, being there during Carnaval had an impact, I agree (nothing better than a good excuse to wear ears of some sort on my head). But honestly, we tired of street parties and samba music so quickly it's hard to imagine that was the only reason. What we did manage to do was spend multiple evenings at the Rio Music Conference (for musical details please inquire within, but know that you should be listening to live shows by Felix da housecat and life is a loop), making real friends who we felt at home with (and getting some much needed girl time...finnnnaally) and having some of the best nights of my life. And no, DAD, that statement isn't wrought with hyperbole, it's the honest truth. Oh, and checking your shirt at the door- apparently a policy in any good electronic scene.
See you again very soon Rio, very soon.
As a quick side note I should add that there was also extensive love and happiness in iguazu, florianopolis, paraty and pretty much everywhere we went with the exception of you, seedy Sao Paulo (rio's more serious brother). And despite a plan to head to Salvador post carnaval, extreme exhaustion and crime post-police strike halted those plans (as our friends coming from there so lovely suggested - just don't bring out anything you want to come home with at the end of the night). So instead we're sleeping it up in Buzios before hitting Brazil's motherland - Portugal- which, in all honestly, will no doubt be outshone by her daughter.