9 October 2008

January's River

Guess where I have been for the last week?

It's Rio de Janeiro!

Rio de Janeiro is an amazing place. It is simply over-flowing with energy. The people are friendly and always tend to be in high spirits. The whole city is sitting in the shadows of the favelas (the slums, or shanty-towns) but with the sun almost always high in the sky you don't often have to worry about being in a shadow.

This was my second day in town. At night I joined a group of people to go to Maracana... the famous Brazilian stadium. The stadium used to hold 200,000 people, but they were forced to put in seats and now it only has a capacity of 120,000. There are four teams in Rio. Flamenco is one of the most supported - and passionately supported. A friend told me, "Nintey-five percent of people living in the favelas support Flamengo. The other five percent don't like football."

Many years ago, black people were not allowed to play for Fluminense, and so Flamengo was founded - being the peoples' team. The games are meant to get very packed out by extremely passionate supporters.

I went to watch Fluminense play. Unfortunately it was raining, and therefore not very packed. The the die-hard fans still made it an awesome atmosphere. It was cool to be packed at the top of the stadium with them... trying to stay out of the rain.


  1. I am happy you do enjoy Rio! :) Sweet, hot and exiting, this is an interesting and beautiful place; and as you said, people sure!! GOOD TO BE, good for the mind! Even if I have never lived there (yet), you visited the second part of myself.

    I wish you all the best for your following amazing travel.

    Take care,

  2. Thanks Claudia!
    And thanks for the introduction to Brazilian culture. I am really enjoying it here and I can see why you would like to maybe move here. Rio is a place that I could certainly live in :)
    I hope you are having amazing experiences yourself.
    lots of love,
    arara ;-)