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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When you see photos of Buenos Aires, it’s doubtful that you haven’t seen the colorful neighborhood of La Boca. The bright old buildings,shabby restaurants and run down homes that a handful of Portenos still live in today. We toured around La Boca on a Friday evening, and the majority of restaurants and shops were closed, so I suggest to go earlier in the day. The art murals are incredible and ignite that nostalgic feeling of the good ol’ Tango days when Buenos Aires was on fire. La Boca is a must see in Buenos Aires, you can tell why by the photos!
What a remarkable neighborhood! And we love the doggies behind the gate!
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I desperately need to back blog! Spending an entire summer traveling made me feel like I had a thousand stories to share, waiting at the tip of my pen and tongue, but now that work has started and is well underway…well my life feels more uneventful and my motivation nonexistent. That being said, I have some recent pictures to share from in and around Lahore and Islamabad. They remind me that even during the dredges of working and writing report cards, I live in a fascinating place. The other evening I walked to the local market, bought some freshly fried sugar swirls and hot nan bread, yelled at a motorcyclist that almost ran over my feet (and at another one that called me ‘sexy lady’…”You call yourself a good Muslim with that mouth?” is a particularly good insult in these parts), bought some vegetables from a stand and had a lovely conversation with a local man who, upon hearing I was from Canada, instantly asked me, “Are you from Surrey?”. Of course the city this man’s brother lives in is also the one I’m from. Our world is pretty small for being so big.
Everybody looks happy!
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I had the incredible opportunity to visit a friend in Chile on my way home for the holidays and albeit short, it was an amazing trip. Flying into Santiago, it took about an hour and a half bus ride to get to the beach town of Vina Del Mar where my friend was living, but we spent a considerable amount of time in neighboring Valparaiso. ’Valpo’ as it is often called, is a beautiful town on the hillside with stunning colors and architecture and most notably, intricate street art. I was so floored by some of the details and vibrant images we came across that I found myself continuously apologizing for stopping and slowing us down to take pictures. Luckily, it was just my friend and I with no agenda so we got to wander aimlessly as long as our hearts desired. Also noteworthy while in Chile were all the incredible things we ate, but I never made it long enough to snap a picture before my inner fat kid got the best of me, whoops. I’m looking at you, chorillanas, barros lucos, alfajors, empanadas, y sopaipillas. It’s really a wonder I didn’t have to pay for an extra seat on the flight home. Anyway, here are some photos of the amazing street art that stopped me in my tracks.
Looks like a very beautiful town!
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Love the colors of the dress!
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