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    The Favela: Rio de Janeiro Brazil

    2011. I went to Rio de Janeiro Brazil for the very first time in my life. Before my trip, I did a lot of research about Brazil including the “must-see” places, things to do and not to do, currency, food, people, and especially the language.
    I even write down some words that I thought could be helpful when I get there. Unfortunately, “Oi, tudo bem” and “”Abrigada/Abrigado” are the only words that I still remember as of this very moment.
    Going to Brazil without sufficient knowledge in Portuguese was absolutely challenging yet my ability to speak and understand Spanish had been very helpful. Being adventurous also made my trip easier than I thought.
    I must say that I have learned a lot about Brazil. One of the interesting facts that I’ve learned was about the Favela. In Brazil, a Favela is described as a place where poor people live. Favela is also described, even by the citizen of Brazil, as a “quite-dangerous” place not only for the citizens itself but especially to the tourist. Therefore, going to a Favela is not advisable.
    On the other hand, in my stay in Brazil, in front of Ipanema beach, I had the chance to speak with the locals, despite of my oh-so-broken Portuguese (glad they were able to understand me at least and vice versa). One of the locals that I had spoken with told me that some tourist goes to Favela to visit and see the people living there. There are also instances where group of tourists do visit the Favela to give “help” to the community. I assume that the “help” she mentioned was food and money and probably some kind of donation that are not in the form of money.
    It was a very interesting conversation. While we were talking, she pointed out this mountain along the beach (the picture above). According to her, up top that mountain is one of the biggest Favela in Rio. I was amazed. If you are going to look at the mountain, all you’ll see is its beauty. For a tourist, you will never think that there are thousands of people living a tough life on that mountain.
    I guess a single picture really has plenty of stories to tell...
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