Quotidian

Last days in photos

It is been a while since my last post. It seems I’m not managing to post so frequently as I’ ve planned before.

Here in Brazil, we are in our Winter holidays (yes, July we have Winter holidays), although it is not looking at all like winter.

The weather has been really hot, around 30 Celsius, and the city is crowded with tourists and citizens enjoying their vacations.

I’ ve been busy keeping my son busy during his vacation. Going to the beach,taking him to practice sports and to play with friends and things like that are making my days go fast and it doesn’t leave too much time left for blogging!

Anyway, we’re enjoying our time together and this is great!!

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!!! : )

 

 

 

After a break

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After staying offline for a whole month, I’m back to the blogging business.  I needed to take a breath and think a little bit if I was keeping the blog or not. After my last post, I think it got clear for everyone who reads my blog how I have been feeling a lack of enthusiasm and motivation to keep writing about Rio after all the violent events we have been  facing lately.

If once I was proud to share with you how beautiful things Rio has to offer, now my “carioca” self-esteem is quite low at the moment and I started to feel that writing about this city was something that I just couldn’t do it anylonger.

The idea of quiting this blog started to come over my mind. Stop blogging on My Little Rio Journal started to seem the right thing to do as I felt unable to do what I most like doing in the streets of Rio, which is taking photos. I don’t feel confident to go out with my camera and capturing with my camera what I see with my eyes.  I started to consider that maybe this blog wasn’t making sense anylonger to myself.  At the same time, new personal projects started to demand me more time and blogging was always on my last priority.

But, meanwhile I was living this existential blogger crisis,  I kept receiving emails from many followers giving me support to keep blogging and to have hope in a better Rio. People from different parts of the world kept asking me tips and some advice about Rio and I started to evaluate how many good opportunities this blog brought to me.

Being interviewed by BBC UK during the World Cup, meeting personally the great travel blogger Annie from Annie Anywhere, sharing my articles with different audiences as guest blogger in travel blogs and travel sites, meeting virtually so many incredible people that I can’t even mention all of them  and having the feeling of sharing useful information with anyone interested in coming to Rio were just some of the awesome experiences I lived only because of the blog. Quiting this blog would mean closing a door to the World!!

So, after a lot of thinking I decided to keep My Little Rio Journal!!! Althought my tone may change a little bit from now on, becoming less optimistic thant once I was, I will try to keep sharing My Little Rio with you!!!

Maybe I won’t be blogging so frequently as once I had done, but I will be here to share with you the way I see Rio.

By the way, thanks everyone for taking your time to read this blog, comment my posts and send me emails !!! You are definitely the reason why I decided keep blogging!!!

Hoping to share good news from Rio soon !!!!

 

 

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!