Me on the steps at Lapa, Rio de Janeiro’s party district. On Fridays people from all over the city, even the far away Favelas, come to drink and dance at the many bars and clubs that line Lapa’s main strip, where party doesn’t start til well past 11:00pm. Getting there is easy, from the western part of the city where most travelers stay (near the beaches of Botafogo, Ipanema, and Copacabana), get to the nearest main street and hop on any of the small vans heading east, they are cheaper and faster than the big buses, and they come by often. The tiles of the steps I’m sitting on are tended to by a man who continuously changes out old or broken ones. Lapa is a really amazing area where all the diverse peoples of Rio de Janeiro can be seen in their element, spilling into the street dancing to local samba bands. Plus, the Caipirinhas are outstanding!
The favelas. By day ramshackle homes look like multicolored growths overtaking the hills and small mountains as the mountain drowns in them, head up trying to get in that last breath before the summit is overtaken. At night they look like black tar hills speckled with gold dust, the conglomeration of lights after dark.
I’m very impressed with Rio’s city beaches. Even after visiting a series of other beaches in Rio de Janeiro and Bahia states, I still maintain that the beaches in Rio are quite beautiful. There’s something to be said about a huge city like Rio being able to maintain a set of clean, soft-sanded, fairly clear watered beaches. Obviously the powers that be and collect taxes are invested in maintaining them. This one depicted is Copacabana, my personal favorite.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dondefueras/7498287862/in/photostream Famous beach of Ipanema. Yes, even in autumn there are models posing for the cameras. I noticed that photographers seem to look the same throughout the western world. ‘Ipanema’ is a Tupi (indigenous group of the area) word meaning ‘bad waters’. They meant ‘bad for fishing’.
I enjoyed the street art in Brazil. Many various styles from straight-up graffiti, to cubism and abstract among other styles. This one is a bit Picasso-esque in my opinion.
“Rio for whom?”, and “Who pays the duck?”.
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