My Little Rio Journal final post


I’ve been postponing this decision for almost a whole year. I can’t believe my last post was in February 2016.
Many things happened along 2016. Difficult decisions, new projects, a big move, and a new life. A lot of changes that consumed my time and my energy, things that needed to be done.
I was already giving a break to this blog, but I just couldn’t take the decision of discontinuing it officially! On the other hand, I just couldn’t keep publishing new posts. It was a kind of mental block. Every time I thought about ending this blog the words just didn’t come out. It was not fair to people who accessed this blog searching for new content and finding nothing, it was not fair to myself, just stop writing and not saying anything. It didn’t look right, I had to do something about it!
The New Year came and I finally made up my mind. The lifetime of this blog had come to an end. MY LITTLE RIO JOURNAL project reached its end. There won’t be new posts here any longer. I will keep it online so that people interested in Rio de Janeiro can still find some information and photos about it, and for me to remember the time when I was enthusiastic about Rio de Janeiro.
There are different reasons for not keeping this blog alive, but the main one is that at this moment I can’t find inspiration to photograph or write about Rio. The original idea of the blog, which was sharing a beautiful side of Rio, was becoming hard to accomplish.
If Brazil sank in economic and political crisis, Rio submerged in even more turbulent and deep crisis. The urban violence spread and although I wasn’t affected directly, my eyes, once so trained to see beauty all around, started to see only the ugly, dirty, and dangerous side of Rio.
I love Rio!! It is the city I was born and in which I lived for my whole life, but I just couldn’t keep posting Rio beauty when reality was ugly and bad. That’s it!
By now, all I want to says is THANK YOU My Little Rio Journal audience! Thank you for being there, liking and commenting my posts, sending me emails, and interacting with this blog in different levels. Keeping this blog made me discover a whole new world where I can share my thoughts and photography and just made me aware of how much I need to work hard to improve my skills on my writing and photography.
I will never forget all the friends I made and all the incredible people I met in the blogosphere in the four years of My Little Rio Journal. Thank you all!!
Writing this blog was an amazing experience but now it is time to turn this page and follow a new road. Time to move on!
Maybe someday we can meet again in the blogosphere or even you may receive one of my Postcards from Lisbon.
See you soon!

São Paulo Days

There is a long time since my last post! It seems that lately every post I write I begin with something like that. Anyway, we had a lot been happening around here. We had the outbreak of this Zika “thing,” Carnival celebrations going on throughout Brazil, the end of school holidays and in the middle of all of this, my husband had to go under a small surgery procedure.
The procedure itself was not a big deal, but as he chose a specialist from São Paulo to take care of his case, that implied me joining him on a trip to São Paulo and spending almost two weeks there while he recovered completely from the surgery. Continue reading

Happy Anniversary My Little Rio!!!

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I can’t believe, exactly two years ago I was starting this blog (check here). In that time I didn’t know very well where this blog would take me, I just wanted to practice my english, share my photos and show a little bit of the Rio I live in!

Two years later, after almost quitting this blog this last month, I realised how important this blog is to myself. My Little Rio Journal is my little space where I can share my thoughts and express myself, not the Cristina Mom, not the Cristina wife, nor the Cristina daughter, but just the Cristina.

In this two years I just have to thank everyone for contributing with this blog in a way or another, with photos, guest posts, comments ,likes and inspiration!

If it weren’t you, there wasn’t a point to keep blogging!!! Thank you all !!

Hoping to be sharing with you great posts and beautiful photography in this next year of My Little Rio Journal!!! : )




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!!!


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.