Favela Rocinha…

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One of the places I really wanted to go here in Rio was a favela. I have been to the coptic garbage village in Cairo before, thanks to my good friend Spyros, but going to a favela (especially after having watched “Cidade De Deus”) was something I had been thinking of for a long time.

Before arriving here I thought it might be dangerous… But I’ve already met people who live in favelas here, and had talks with them, and I slowly forgot all my European prejudices.

I was very lucky… An American girl who lives in favela Rocinha, the biggest favela in Rio (60,000 people) which has been pacified only about a month ago, invited CS people to go and distribute some food in the poorest part of the favela…

So, there we were, with bags of beans and pasta and rice and oil, walking in the upper parts of the favela… Electricity, sewage systems and construction in general are extremely far from what we are used to back in Europe… A lot of people, mostly young – or very young – are going around everywhere, excited to see “gringos” who brought them Xmas gifts.

We stayed there for a few hours, under the hot sun, and overall it was a great experience. I only wish I could speak Portuguese 😦 I may come back later on to volunteer here,..

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About Vanidio

I was born in Athens, Greece, and left at the not-so-tender age of 27 to go to London for a master's degree - or, rather, to go experience the city. I worked there for a while, and after four years I decided to move back to Athens, and got a really boring job with a decent (more than decent) salary. In December 2011 I took a year off work, and travelled to Latin America, Europe, Greece and the Middle East. When I came back, I spent quite a bit of time trying to fit in and organise my "normal" life - or decide that I don't really want a "normal" life. At that time, travelling was more important to me than almost anything else... And then things changed a bit, as I got an offer from a foreign company to organise tours for foreigners in Athens. Dream coming true? Yes! We've done a few tours so far, and hopefully more are coming... let's see! And then things changed even more, as I met a nice, handsome foreigner through one of these tours. And we are now living together, and planning our next trips together :) Life is strange, isn't it!

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