Rio de Janeiro.
The city known to locals as ‘The Marvellous Princess’. Having just returned from a two-week trip out to Brazil for my brother’s wedding, it’s not hard to see why.
Rio has always been on my bucket list so it was great to have the opportunity to explore the city in all it’s glory. I’d also like to share some dos and don’ts for those of you who may plan to visit in the future – plus a few pictures, of course…
DO: Order a coconut, beers and caipis from beach kiosks and bask in the tropical sun.
DON’T: Attempt to visit Christ the Redeemer without buying your tickets online first. Otherwise be prepared for massive queues and you might even miss the last train up!
DO: Watch the locals play futebol on Copacabana beach. Very entertaining and exciting!
DON’T: Drink the tap water. Due to the chlorine content, it does taste rather bad!
DO: Make sure you eat plenty of Acai with various other tropical fruits. Healthy, unique and very refreshing!
DON’T: Carry expensive items with you and make sure you have only enough cash for what you need.
That being said, there are plenty of things we can learn from the Brazilian way of life, whether it’s the super relaxed attitude and tendency never to rush around to the notion of spending the entire day at the beach.
Perhaps that last idea isn’t the most attractive prospect in the North West of England, but the idea of connecting with nature more often certainly is.
Anyway, in order to experience the true carioca (Rio local) way of life, you’ll have to go there and see it for yourself.