Thank you all for sticking with us through episode 1 of “An Idiot Abroad / Lost in Translation / Naked and Afraid.” The first international leg of our journey has come to a close and we’ve made it in once piece! We are in Sao Paulo, Brazil now and sharing our final thoughts on Rio.
Our last 5 days in Rio were incredible. We finally felt like we got a true vibe for Brazilian, or specifically Cariocan (Rio natives) culture. We ventured out to Samba School and a soccer match at Maracana (World Cup Stadium).
Samba - Samba is a Brazilian dance that basically involves men and women moving their legs and feet insanely fast, while remaining relatively still. It’s magical and mesmerizing to watch, it’s like putting both of your legs in a paint mixer and somehow managing to make it look elegant. Here’s an example - this video is Not safe for work, because apparently you have to be naked to do the samba correctly. We went to the team Salgueiro's school, the second best Samba team in the world, they compete in Carnaval
We tried doing samba as some locals encouraged us to, but we looked like a newly born calf trying to walk for the first time rather than 'humans on a dance floor.' We were not au naturel, like the aforementioned example video, so I’m pretty sure that’s why we couldn’t get it right. Next time :). If you follow along on Instagram (you better!) you would have seen Adrienne being picked up and twirled around by a “dancing queen."
Samba culture is probably the coolest thing about Brazil to me so far and one of the best nights that we had there.
This is the place and same event that we went to, but it’s not our video.
The Football - Maracana, is one of the most famous stadiums in the world and it used to be the largest - before FIFA downsized it with their “upgrades.” This is where they played the 2014 World Cup Finals. Brazilians do hate FIFA - there’s graffiti all over that says “F**K Off FIFA” and “Go Home FIFA” but they still stand behind the sport that they love above all. Our football experience was watching one of the hometown favorites, Flamengo. As a foreigner, you basically just stand there (the whole time, they don't sit down...ever) constantly singing songs that you don't understand at all, but belting away passionately like you're in the Knockout rounds on The Voice. It's just like going to a match in England -> you don't understand the words, but you scream it with more conviction than Rocky trying to get Adrienne's attention. We went there with our new instafriend @BrunnoPessoa and a few of his fellow Cariocas who graciously hosted us at their house for the pre-game. Thank you soo much Bruno, Maria, and Ilke!! Eu sou Flamengo!!
Lastly, I decided to more formally memorialize our travels. I mean, we aren’t lazy (bite your tongue!) but I think based on our experiences, I could write a pretty awesome lazy traveler's travel guide. Lazy travelers, your prayers have been answered - here is a list of the bare minimum things you need to know to have an amazing time in Rio: The Bare Minimum Travel Guide to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
You’re welcome. Stay tuned for more of us, this time in Sao Paulo, Brazil!