If you want to get a genuine experience of Rio and feel like a Carioca, there are a few things you simply need to try out: dancing samba, doing downtown shopping and exercising in one of the parks.
Forget Copacabana! Get an Uber to the beaches in the West: Praia da Barra da Tijuca, Praia da Reserva and the surfers´ paradise at Prainha.
As I mentioned in my previous article, I am currently living in Cascavel in the state of Paraná. Going from the North-East to the South meant a huge change.
My last days in Maceió were filled with amazing experiences: visiting the natural pools of Pajucara, the embroidery workshops in Pontal de Barra and the beautiful historical town of Marechal Deodoro.
One day, I was sitting in the car next to my friend driving, and all of a sudden she asked me: “Why are you crying?”
Seventeen years ago I met this amazing Brazilian woman who was at that time also working as an au pair in London. We shared some memorable moments together, travelling, laughing, experiencing and I was always touched by how perceptive and sensitive she is. Marcela became my first reason to want to visit Brazil one day… and the reasons multiplied as the right time kept coming closer. Another of my dreams is now being fulfilled. I am in Brazil at carnival time, staying with Marcela and her loving and lovely family and friends as a part of my world journey of myself, through myself, to myself. Experiencing my – as I like to call it – “yoga in life”.