Notes from Rio

Well, after two 12-hour flights across the world, Edwin and I made it to Rio de Janeiro.  We are staying with a wonderful host from CouchSurfing and have been enjoying the craziness of Carnaval!  It is our first time using Couchsurfing, and it has been amazing!  Being with a local makes things so much more interesting.  Especially with our very limited knowledge of Portuguese, it has been wonderful to see the sights and the best Carnaval areas with other Brazilians.  We hope to continue Couchsurfing in other parts of the continent and definitely recommend it for other travelers.

We were able to explore the centre of town during the first few days and purchased costumes to take part in the festivities.  Our host took us to Blocos to mix in with the Brazilian parties!  Basically, we attended giant street parties with samba music, costumes, drinks, and dancing.

The rain didn’t stop us!  It was definitely overwhelming–hundreds of thousands of people, incredible and creative costumes, awesome music, and delicious drinks!  We even made it to the Sambadrome to watch an incredible parade of giant floats, brilliant, creative costumes and wonderful music and dancing!  It was unbelievable!

The food has also been great!  Brazil is known for its buffet lunches where you put as much food on a plate and pay by weight.  We have been taking advantage of that as well as unlimited supply of bread and sandwiches which Korea doesn’t offer very much of!

As much as we are warned about the dangers here in this part of the world, I have seen nothing but smiles and happiness on the streets.  Everyone just seems excited to be a part of the carnaval!  Brazilians have been so friendly and helpful.  I look forward to seeing more parts of the country and meeting more people!

It is slowly starting to hit me that we are officially out of Korea.  Every time we meet people, we get to share our story.  It makes me realize that we are truly onto the next chapter of our lives.  A chapter that doesn’t point back to Korea.   I finally get to be one of those people who I was always jealous of when I would go on a month trip.  They would explain their worldly expeditions, and I would get a pang of jealously.  Now we get to be those people!

So, in a few days  Carnaval will be finished up, and we will take in some relaxing beach days, visit the famous Christ Redeemer statue, and then make our way to another city.

The excitement continues and pictures will soon be posted!

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Notes from Rio

Well, after two 12-hour flights across the world, Edwin and I made it to Rio de Janeiro.  We are staying with a wonderful host from CouchSurfing and have been enjoying the craziness of Carnaval!  It is our first time using Couchsurfing, and it has been amazing!  Being with a local makes things so much more interesting.  Especially with our very limited knowledge of Portuguese, it has been wonderful to see the sights and the best Carnaval areas with other Brazilians.  We hope to continue Couchsurfing in other parts of the continent and definitely recommend it for other travelers.

We were able to explore the centre of town during the first few days and purchased costumes to take part in the festivities.  Our host took us to Blocos to mix in with the Brazilian parties!  Basically, we attended giant street parties with samba music, costumes, drinks, and dancing.

The rain didn’t stop us!  It was definitely overwhelming–hundreds of thousands of people, incredible and creative costumes, awesome music, and delicious drinks!  We even made it to the Sambadrome to watch an incredible parade of giant floats, brilliant, creative costumes and wonderful music and dancing!  It was unbelievable!

The food has also been great!  Brazil is known for its buffet lunches where you put as much food on a plate and pay by weight.  We have been taking advantage of that as well as unlimited supply of bread and sandwiches which Korea doesn’t offer very much of!

As much as we are warned about the dangers here in this part of the world, I have seen nothing but smiles and happiness on the streets.  Everyone just seems excited to be a part of the carnaval!  Brazilians have been so friendly and helpful.  I look forward to seeing more parts of the country and meeting more people!

It is slowly starting to hit me that we are officially out of Korea.  Every time we meet people, we get to share our story.  It makes me realize that we are truly onto the next chapter of our lives.  A chapter that doesn’t point back to Korea.   I finally get to be one of those people who I was always jealous of when I would go on a month trip.  They would explain their worldly expeditions, and I would get a pang of jealously.  Now we get to be those people!

So, in a few days  Carnaval will be finished up, and we will take in some relaxing beach days, visit the famous Christ Redeemer statue, and then make our way to another city.

The excitement continues and pictures will soon be posted!

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Kristin’s Backpack won 1st Prize for TESL Ontario’s 2011 ESL Week Blog Contest.
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Welcome to Kristin’s Backpack! I jumped on the blogging bandwagon in 2010 to share my Canadian-theatrical-backpacking perspective on my world adventures. With my return to Canada, I will continue to dig into my pockets and reflect on life as it has come to involve Teaching, Travel, and Theatre. Time to unzip the pockets!
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This is what summer is all about- finished a book yesterday and am on to the next today.  I just opened The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, which has been on my shelf for ages.  I have been extremely interested in reading accounts that stem from true stories in a dark history that is often swept to the side.  
At the same time, I have been listening to The Maze Runner series as an audio book and have been extremely captivated by the young characters’ circumstances and their view on the world.  
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