Great shot, quite the sand dune!
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Great shot, quite the sand dune!
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I’ve done dancing on and off since I was a kid, yet when my friend and I travelled in South America the locals told us we danced liked poles.
And they didn’t mean in a sexy pole dancing way, but in a rigid inanimate object kinda way. Years of jazz and hip hop hadn’t taught me latino hips. I was, apparently, doing it all wrong. I was devastated.
Nightclub upon nightclub the feedback was always the same. Our olive skin and curly hair didn’t disguise us. “Where are you from?” they could tell we weren’t locals as we looked so funny dancing.
Upon returning to New Zealand, we quickly sought to rectify this. One beginner salsa lesson at a time, we were inducted into the ways of Latin dance. It’s all in the hips. And slowly but surely my “pole” dancing was rectified.
My Kiwi personal space bubble was also quickly destroyed. Here in NZ, we have a rather large personal space boundary – don’t get too close! Yet this didn’t go so well with the Latin dancing. They dance close and intimately. While I initially hated Salsa for this reason, I found my space bubble quickly shrunk, and I was happy to be flung around the dance floor.
A year of Salsa under my belt I went back to South America. The transformation was amazing. I danced my way across all the local dance floors, and nightclubs and was showered in compliments by locals who couldn’t believe I was from New Zealand not a Latina.
Funny to think how all this inspired my dancing today. Call me a Latino at heart but I still love the dance and the culture. It’s vibrant, it’s exciting, but most of all it’s fun.
Now I just need to master actual pole dancing.
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Half asleep at the airport the next morning, Peter ordered an orange juice and ended up with a ham and cheese sandwich, but customs was a breeze and we were quickly shoved in a ride to our hostel when we arrived in Rio De Janeiro. Lagoa Guest House was a teeny tiny little white house in the middle of the city, surrounded on all sides by huge apartment blocks that towered over the little building. First thing we did in Brazil was, of course, DRINK. We were here for carnival after all! Plus who can turn down an incredibly strong ‘welcome drink’ Caipirinha. Once we had settled in, our first stop was Copacabana Beach.
Our first few hours in Brazil and we are in a bus accident. Another bus driver drove into the back of our bus as soon aas we had stepped on! Not exactly a good omen but it was exciting at least…We were a little confused but everybody was friendly and helpful, gesturing for us to wait outside the bus until were were eventually on the road again. I think we first realised how craazy Brazil was when the other bus took off without a word to our driver about the accident, just carrying on with his day.
Copacabana Beach was mindblowing – people were absolutely everywhere. A large proportion of these people were huge women in teensy weensy little g-string bikinis and old men sitting in bars in their speedos. We picked up our tickets for carnival, took a look at the beautiful Copacabana Fort, got dressed up and headed to a Scala ball.
Peter was – his words – patted down by a big black man at the door, and then we were in. We had a great time. The ball looked like a high school prom, we met a great Canadian couple living in Cuba and danced all night.
Nice shots, sure an interesting way to arrive! :)]
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Izabel Gouart reveals more of her hair and beauty secrets today with an afternoon given over to reflexology and hair laces. This Instagram photograph illustrates those flawless legs as her feet receive a foot spa treatment. It is said that reflexology, which focuses upon the soles of the feet, aids circulation and reduces stress. As for the laces and hair? No doubt all will be revealed at Saturday’s Risque Fashion Show in Sao Paulo, where Izabel is scheduled to appear along with the British rapper Taio Cruz and 40 other models in a celebration of Brazil’s regional cultures.
Interesting! Wonder what all that stuff is?
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In the morning, my friend Ben and I decided to head out to São Conrado beach (it’s the local beach here) and relax. It was the perfect 80-something degree Winter day in Rio. Shortly after arriving, Wilson and Kaye joined us before their surf lesson with my friend Bocão and eventually Paul came down. Later on, we hung around the surf crew for some slackline on the beach.
Nice shot, might have to try that one day!
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The organic skin of the drum has received its first true skin marks. Well played. Well spoken drum.
Nice shot, just love the composition!
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Yesterday was my first full day back at home after a month or so of traveling, and I couldn’t have asked for nicer weather to welcome me back. After hearing tons of warnings about how cold it’s been, I arrived with a suitcase full of sweaters and long pants only to find that the snow had already melted…so what could I do but go to the beach?
Campeche and some of the beaches near it have been my go-to ever since moving here, since I used to live right near Pequeno Principe. It’s kind of bothersome to get down there from Centro, though, unless you enjoy spending a lot of time in TIRIO waiting for your second bus–and besides, I’ve been there approximately one billion times (yes, I did the math)–so we decided to go north instead. Neither of us had been to Sambaqui before, somehow, so that’s where we ended up. There’s a yellow [fancy] bus that goes there, and for six reais apiece we were on our way.
Nice shot, looks like it all turned out pretty good.
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Every now and then life affords us opportunities that could never possibly be recreated, retold or even fathomable. It is up to us to keep our hearts open to these possibilities and the doors will always be opened. We have to be willing to say yes, to take risks and to step outside of comfort.
I have officially been home for only two days and I still am just beginning to process the past month and its incredible, life changing impacts that it has created in my life. My friends and family are anxious to hear of the experience, but it is true when you hear that the only people that will ever truly understand are the ones that you were fortunate to share the experience with. For this I am grateful.
If I could offer anything that I learned this past month in as little words as possible I would say…..
keep your heart open
travel often and truly as often as possible
don’t ever let your misconceptions get in the way
don’t ever let your fears get in the way
always remember there is infinite beauty in the world
we are all here to connect with one another
in life true happiness should be of utmost importance
lastly, care and love like Brazilians care and love each other. Be quick to give hugs, kisses, affection and genuine help to those around you. This can heal, connect, grow and fulfill meaning in life.
Wonderful picture, such a happy group!
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Hello! here are some cool photos by photographer richard misrach and massimo vitali featuring lots of toes!.
In his series On the Beach, Californian photographer Richard Misrach studies human interaction and isolation through aerial photographs (taken from hotel balconies) of beaches in Hawaii. Misrach says, ”I always thought about it as being a god’s-eye view, looking down and seeing these amazing human interactions.”
Italian photographer Massimo Vitali has been documenting crowds since 1994, studying how and where people gather. Nature vs colonisation. These photographs are taken in Greece and Brazil. “Upon these swaths of water, sand, and sky are people parked and splayed, inactive, passive, disinterested, as neutral as grains of sand in an hourglass or the dots on a box of dominoes spilled out of their box onto a blanket… [Massimo Vitali] illuminates the apotheosis of the Herd” (What the Butler Saw)
“I have tried to avoid behaviour that is too focused on everyone doing the same thing. e.g a football stadium, where everyone is looking and reacting in the same way. I focus on groups of people, but I try to photograph them at times when they are not doing the same thing, in situations where they are free to maintain their own personality and individuality.” From an interview with Massimo Vitali
Great shot, both very interesting artists!
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The subway system of Rio is efficient and user friendly. We take the subway to central rio and find a great market where Kyle and I both get some famous Brazilian Havaianas . Probably a 1/4 of the stalls are selling some variety of Havaianas. We start a walking tour at the confeitaria colombo, a brilliant tea room with expensive desserts. The municipal theatre is beautiful with golden embellishments and intricate designs. A per-kilo restaurant provides a delicious lunch of fish and fresh produce. The white arches of Lapa are massive and stark against the blue sky. Originally an aqueduct, the arches recently held a tramway that snaked through the neighbouring districts of Lapa and Santa Theresa. A deadly accident recently closed this attraction. Close-by, the Rio de Janeiro cathedral looks like a dull concrete volcano from the outside. From the inside bright glowing stained glass panels meet in a cross on the roof. I had been waiting excitedly to see the Santa Theresa steps. A large mosaic stairway. The area around the steps was quite dodgy but the tiles from around the world set among the red ceramic was really cool. We ended our self-guided tour at the Rio Scenarium, a world famous Lapa night club. Although it was daytime, the workers let us in to have a cruise around. Stuffed with interesting antiques, I would feel like I was in a movie if I were sipping expensive drinks here at night. The neighbourhood was a little scary and I am not sure how brave I would be walking around here after dark. We cool off at Impanema beach among the thong-clad bums and head into the city for dinner We eat a great seafood dinner at a busy sidewalk cafe and watched the bustle of the streets in the orange glow of the street lights.
Nice shots! And it’s always good to hear good things about public transportation amongst travelers!
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Of all the neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro, Santa Teresa was the most creative. It is home to local artists, students, and internationals who have taken to the streets to formalize their political, cultural and social opinions. But through art.
The Escadaria Selarón is a tiled staircase that stretches 250 steps from Joaquim Silva Street to Manuel Carneiro Street. It was created by Chilean artist Jorge Selarón in 1990 and has been visited by famous persons and organizations worldwide. Over 2000 tiles were all donated from people around the globe who wanted to contribute to Selarón’s work.
Wonderful neighborhood, wonderful artist, sorry to hear of his tragic demise!
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Brazil is still a great place to visit and live. Brazilians are sociable and they like to talk A LOT! Some of them think it is rude not to talk! So when you come to Brazil, don’t be afraid to try to speak at least a little bit of their language.
Here are a few words to get you through the day:
Valeu! – Cheers
E aí – Wassup!
Tudo Bem? / Tudo Bom? – All good? and the response Tudo bem – Good, Tudo Bom – Well, or just Tudo – Good!
Bom Dia / Boa Tarde / Boa Noite – Good Morning, Good Afternoon, Good Evening
Até lago / Até mais – See you later!
Belo / Belíssimo – Beautiful
Maluco / Maluca – Crazy
A Conta, por favor – The check please
Suco sem açúcar - Juice without extra sugar
Onde fica? – How do I find…
Qual é seu nome? – What is your name?
Onde está o baneiro? – Where is the bathroom?
What are some Portuguese words that helped you during your stay in Brazil?
Nice shot, obviously the great poet is still reaching out!
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With the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics on the horizon, we were excited to visit the city dubbed “Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City).” We entered the city early in the morning, on a bus of course. Our arrival was complete with about an hour and a half of sitting or crawling morning traffic on the way into town. But, this pace gave us plenty of time to soak in the neighborhoods on the outskirts of town.
Although our stay here was much too short to see it all, we made the most of our time between the bouts of torrential downpours (deaths were reported in nearby towns). Our first few nights were spent on the edge of the historic Santa Teresa neighborhood, which sits on a hill overlooking the city center – views were great. As we went to sleep the noise from the planes climbing out of the city reverberated off the mountainous landscape like clockwork every few minutes.
Our last few nights were spent in a different hostel in the Lapa neighborhood, which is famous for Samba. We spent a weekend night out walking one of the streets that is blocked off to automobile traffic (think Bourbon Street). Music emanated from the bars and restaurants and street vendors were selling everything from adult beverages to feijoada, a Brazilian staple of black beans and pork (there are many varieties, however). We had an obligatory capairinha (Brazil’s national cocktail) on the street.
Wow, Rio really knows how to do it!
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