Rio’s Hippie Fair premium
After a Saturday night of bloco parties and general Carnival craziness, I was happy to have a leisurely Sunday morning in Rio. A late breakfast at Gringo Cafe and some shopping was just what I needed. Besides, I had a huge Sunday night planned at the Sambadrome. My friend and hostess, Xochitl, suggested we visit […]
Graffiti Equals Art in Rio premium
In a place where beach sidewalks are visual feasts, it’s no wonder that art abounds on every blank spot in Rio.
São Clemente: Broadway in Brazil premium
Here’s just one of the six samba parades I saw at Rio de Janeiro’s 2012 Carnival celebration. Opening the second night was the São Clemente Samba School.
February 25, 2012
A Gringa’s Guide to Rio’s Carnival Parades premium
The Rio Samba Parade isn’t your run-of-the-mill Carnival celebration. Although, it did begin as a festival with people singing and dancing through the streets. Despite Carnival’s humble roots, these parades morphed into a spectacular, over-the-top competition between samba schools, which are social clubs within neighborhoods.
February 20, 2012
Sugar Loaf: A Sweet View of Rio premium
Sugar Loaf Mountain is just something you do when you visit Rio, but it’s not for the faint of heart. Nearly 1,300 feet above the ocean lies this giant mound of granite and quartz, apply named for its resemblance to the traditional mound shape of refined sugar.
February 16, 2012
Jesus Christ & Knocking #4 off My Bucket List premium
I arrived into Rio around lunch, and by the afternoon, I was standing at Jesus’ feet. I mentally scratched #4 off my bucket list.

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