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.
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.
Seventeen years ago I met an 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 lovely family and friends.