I was in Rio for 17 days and managed to get robbed twice, see a bus explode, eat tear gas and puke in the street and even get shot with a marble bullet... But I also got to make so many new friends - many more than I can count on two hands, I went surfing in Recreio, I went to a hip hop concert and got to shoot some backstage pics with a guy who turned out to be the biggest rapper in Brazil, Mano Brown. I met Ze Pequeno from the movie City of God and got invited into a home in the favela by a man I had just met!
Rio is truly a paradise in many ways, but Rio also has a dark side that is hidden behind the crowds of tourists, the long white beaches, the samba in the streets and fresh coconut water. People here do struggle for a better life, while politicians greedily feed on the massive amount of corruption money.
As a human being this experience has changed me completely! I have now seen real poverty - that reminds me how lucky I am and that I should cherish all the good things I have in my life. I've met tons of awesome people in so very little time, from all different parts of Rio and the world. It has helped me take my thoughts away from a person, they recently have been focused on, and my troubled thoughts, who for long time had haunted my mind, day and night. I got close to a person here, who I made cry by just saying goodbye. I'm happy... I'm actually pretty fucking happy! Rio, you've helped me set my mind free and I'm looking so much forward to travel more and get to see and experience life in a new way!
You have to listen to this song while you go through my pictures from Cidade de Deus:-)
Stopping by a Samba school
As you can see, sundays are also used to just chill out ;-)
The government built these apartment complexes to get people out of their sheds, but with little success. They continue building these sheds with no power or water access. They steal power from the powerlines that you see everywhere in the favela and connect them to their sheds. It's done with high risk of getting injured or even killed.
The beautiful blue eyed girl from Cidade de Deus
Friends of Cidade de Deus
The tee says: I'm from Cidade de Deus
The Assis Family
Max Assis, the man of the house said to me: Next time you come to Brazil, don't spend money on hotel or a hostel, come stay at my place. My house is your house"!
Didn't know what to say other than thank you, I feel truely honored!
The gang and I