mourning

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I’m extremely sad while writing this post. What happened last Tuesday night could have happened to anyone, including myself or someone of my family. Mourning! That’s the word that define what all of us, cariocas, are feeling this week!

Last Tuesday, a man cycling along Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas cycle path at 7.30pm was attacked and robbed. Criminals stabbed him and get away with his bicycle and wallet. The man, a doctor, got seriously injured and didn’t survive (check here).

This is just another case of the wave of violence we’ve been living in Rio lately. It is not a question of being at the wrong place, at the wrong time, there isn’t any longer the right place or the right time not to be robbed and eventually attacked or killed by those cruel criminals.  Violence is everywhere.

That’s one of the reasons why I’ve been posting so little lately. It is difficult to get enthusiastic about Rio those days! The natural beauties of this city are not enough to smooth the fear when walking down the streets.

If once I used to say, “well in case you get robbed, just give everything the thieves ask and everything is gone be fine”, now this is not truth anymore. Lately what we have seen are criminals attacking first and then taking your belongings. We are living a very difficult situation!!!

I’m so disappointed that this is happening to Rio, and I really don’t see light at the other side of the tunnel. Unless  Government take urgent steps to prevent violence I really don’t know how the future of Rio will be.

Sorry for such a negative post, but I had to share with you guys what I’m feeling about Rio. And I’m just being realistic. And I know that this is not simple!

In case you are in Rio right now, avoid walking or cycling along Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, as well as in Aterro do Flamengo. It is just not safe.

Hoping to share with you guys good news about Rio soon!

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Oi Rio Pro 2015, the brazilian stage for World Surf League

I think I might have already mentioned somewhere in the past of this blog that my husband loves surfing. Although lately he hasn’t been practicing his favourite sport as much as he would like to, it doesn’t mean that we haven’t been following what is happening in the Surf World.

My little boy, although not practicing surf yet, had already got curious about this sport. Specially after watching the 20 year-old brazilian boy, Gabriel Medina, winning the 2014 ASP World  Tour, and making history being the first brazilian winning the most important surf event for pros.  I myself have to admit that also started to get interested  in this sport and started to watch with my boys (husband and son) the surf competitions on TV.

When we knew that the second stage of The World Surf League 2015, would be held in Rio, in Barra da Tijuca, our favourite beach in Rio, we had to made plans to watch at least one day of the event.

So today, we woke up early and headed to Barra da Tijuca beach, at the point called Postinho, where the event is taking place until May 22nd. Before Round 2 started we watched some surfers training surfing the big waves of Barra da Tijuca.

It was very fun to watch those professional and famous athletes surfing in the waves of our favourite beach! My son got very excited to see some of the most famous professional surfers in the World like Mick Fanning and John John Florence just a few steps away from him

Unfortunately we wasn’t able to see Gabriel Medina, but my son managed to take a picture with his Father, Charles, and that was enough to make him happy.  We had a lot of fun and of course, I took a lot of photos that I share with you now.

I hope you like them!

If you are in Rio right now, even if you are not very keen on Surf, check by yourself a little bit of Oi Rio Pro, it would be a nice excuse to visit Barra da Tijuca beach.

Check the Event Guide at the official WSL website for some tips.

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5 shocking things about Rio for a foreigner (guest post by Annie Picard)

In the beginning of March, I had the pleasure of meeting Annie Picard, the girl behind the travel blog Annie Anywhere, as I already told you here. In that occasion I invited her to write a guest post for My Little Rio Journal, to share with us a little bit of her impressions of Rio de Janeiro. She kindly accepted and now I am very glad to announce the 5 shocking things about Rio for a foreigner, by Annie Picard!! It is always good to know the point of view of a foreigner about habits that for us are so natural!! Enjoy it!!!

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5 shocking things about Rio for a foreigner

Written by Annie Picard, from Annie Anywhere

To be honest, it wasn’t on my plan to visit Brazil in a near future, but I like to follow where life leads me.

Last summer, I met a Brazilian friend travelling in Montreal, and this gave me the opportunity to visit Rio de Janeiro last March. I like it when life surprise me with beach destination! I could have met someone from Antarctica, you know…

I like to discover cultural differences while traveling. In only 10 days in Rio de Janeiro, a few things shocked me as a foreigner.

1. Don’t touch your food!

In North America, it is really common to eat food with your hands: chicken, fries, fruits, etc. We don’t call some appetizers “finger foods” for nothing. So, when we went out for dinner and I just grabbed a piece of chicken directly with my hand, my friend looked at me like I was a disgusting little kid! I swear my hands were clean but in Rio, you just don’t touch your food. There are napkins on the table for that.

2. The thumbs up

I know the thumbs up sign, but Canadians don’t really use it naturally. In Rio, people use it to say “yes” or “okay” or to confirm anything. For me. it was like giving constant real life Facebook likes!

3. Raise your hand to catch the bus

“I’m at the bus stop, so the bus will stop, right?” Nope. You need to raise your hand to get in the bus. It’s like calling a taxi, but I prefer to see it as “bus flirting”. Manifest your interest to the bus if you want it to pick you up.

4. Constant noise

I haven’t realized how Montreal was calm before going to Rio de Janeiro. How is it even possible to concentrate in this constant noise!? Music, honks, people, motors, street vendors. It just never stops. In a way, it is part of the town’s spirit an I liked it.

5.The bikinis

I already knew about this one since it is common knowledge that Brazilian bikinis are microscopic. Once at the beach, I felt like a prude grandma with my bikini! People of any shapes wore these bikinis. Thumbs up for positive body image!!

All photos on this post by Annie Picard

Annie is the blogger behind Annie Anywhere. Based in Montreal, she explores the world trying to learn new skills and connect with people. Ukulele player, life lover and self-proclaimed professional learner, Annie likes to discover cultural differences and works on her faculty of adaptation. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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Black and White Friday

 Sometimes I see things in black and white, specially when there are so many shadows around me!  

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Our 10th Anniversary Celebration at Copacabana Palace

Ten years have past since the day my husband and I shared vows in front of a priest in our Wedding ceremony in the presence of family and friends. Later that night we were celebrating our union and love the way we like most: dancing till drop with friends of our life in our wedding party!

Now, ten years later I can say that our love grew and was made solid and we have a beautiful and happy family.

As to celebrate special moments needs special places, we celebrated this important event in our lives having  a romantic stay at Copacabana Palace Hotel, now named Belmond Copacabana Palace, the most traditional hotel in Rio de Janeiro.

Here I share some of the photos of this lovely weekend we had together, when we celebrated love, companionship, family and romance!!

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Arriving in our suite in the Tower Wing  we were greeted with chocolate truffles and....

Arriving in our suite in the Tower Wing we were greeted with chocolate truffles and….

.....a bottle of Champagne and...

…..a bottle of Champagne and…

....red roses on our bed!

….red roses on our bed!

The spacious room of our suite.

The spacious room of our suite.

The bedroom

The bedroom

From the balcony of our suite we had a beautiful view.

From the balcony of our suite we had a beautiful view.

After drinks and having dinner at Cipriani restaurant....

After drinks and having dinner at Cipriani restaurant….

...we walked around to know the hotel ....

…we walked around to know the hotel ….

...went outside for a night picture of the Hotel facade and....

…went outside for a night picture of the Hotel facade and….

..took photos of the pool area.

..took photos by the pool area.

The next morning we took a tour in the main building in the hotel ...

The next morning we took a tour in the main building …

Visited the Art Gallery where her was a photography exhibition on,...

Visited the Art Gallery where there was a photography exhibition …

...visited many salons and rooms in the main builiding....

…visited many salons and rooms in the main builiding….

Those salons host big wedding parties and celebrations...

Those salons host big wedding parties and celebrations…

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Enjoyed to see the wall of the portraits of the famous Copacabana Palace's guests

I loved to see the wall with portraits of the famous Copacabana Palace’s guests

Visited the tennis court!

Visited the tennis court!

We also explored The Tower Wing rooms. ...

We also explored The Tower Wing rooms. …

...where Cipriani restauran is located and...

…where Cipriani restaurant is located and…

..where there is the cozy and charming "The Library", an open library for the Copacabana Palace visitors and guests.

..where there is the cozy and charming “The Library”, an open library for the Copacabana Palace visitors and guests.

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We spent the rest of the day by the pool, having coconut water...

We spent the rest of the day by the pool, having coconut water…

..and relaxing.

..and relaxing.

Belmond Copacabana Palace – Avenida Atlântica 1702, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro

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