Samba school

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I was quite curious to go see the pre-carnival rehearsal of a Samba school – but not TOO excited, after all I don’t dance.

However, what I saw was beyond any description, and left me wondering about the actual carnival…

Drummers, men, women, children, were all moving to the rhythm of samba, in a ritual-like animalistic dance. What attracted my attention more than anything was a transvestite dancing “like nobody’s watching” for as long as the music went on… and teaching a young girl how to dance as well, with her mother’s approval. So far, this is one of the strongest pictures of Brazil in my mind.

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(yeah yeah my camera sucks…)

I also had the chance to try an original carnival costume. Heavy, but well balanced. I don’t know how long I could keep it on for.

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And now wondering where to head for the carnival. Recife / Olinda? Salvador? Or Rio?…

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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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