2. Work out
3. Hook up
4. Be that girl from Ipanema
Each of the samba schools which compete in Carnivale represents a favela, one of Rio’s notorious slums. The schools are a source of community pride and cohesion, eliciting loyal colour wearing, anthem singing and flag flying worthy of a football fan club.
I went to the Salgueiro Samba School Carnivale rehearsal with 2000 others in the school’s large hall. The band, the separate percussion group,
and the crowd of locals of diverse ages, races and genders
sang and danced energetically.
The club committee and veteran Carnivale dancers wore their own costumes.
Favelas (slums) sit on the hills commanding the best views of Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches, forest dominates the city and heavily armed police, street art, and pay by the kilogram buffet restaurants complete the scene.
The road from Paraty to Rio de Janeiro hugs the coast for several hours.
I chugged on a small wooden boat which stopped by the islands in the bay for swimming.
I caught the bus to this small village for the day, then walked through forest to a few beaches.