Her name is Rio and she dances in the sand ... and on the streets
Rio de Janeiro Travel Blog› entry 61 of 134 › view all entries
February 6th, 2010 – by: melsadventure
You don’t move and you sweat in Rio. It just has a habit of pouring off of you. So in the lead up to Carnaval, the hottest time of the year in more ways than one, street parties take place all through the city to get everyone in the spirit. From the Saturday preceding Carnaval “blocos” make their way through the streets calling to the crowds to follow them and dance through the streets. The great thing is a) they’re free, b) the music and atmosphere is amazing c) they often take place along the beach roads which means when the heat gets too much you can run onto the beach and have a quick dip and then re-join the party. They’ve thought this through!
I joined such a Bloco to see what the fuss was about and met two great locals who took me under their wing for the day and explained the Carnaval ways and made sure I wasn’t harassed too much. It was all going swimmingly until I quite literally ran into a bricks**t house and possibly broke my middle toe. I was about to give him a piece of my mind when I looked up and saw the size of him and simply hobbled away. It’s black and blue and rather unattractive but I think it’s ok. I’m still dancing anyway!
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