Thanks for the memories!
The decision to leave Rio felt like it was made for me.
It was like I woke up one morning and suddenly I was able to read Japanese fluently. Like a blow to the head, once the stars have cleared, having the realisation that this is what is happening - it is time to move on. I don’t want to gloss over the fact that I had broken up with a boyfriend, and that my two favourite ladies had left Rocinha a few days before I decided to leave. That defiantly had something to do with it, and was only further proof, if proof be needs be, that my decision to leave was the right one.
In the two months I had been in Brazil, I hadn't left Rio. My whole experience of this enormous country was just one city, albeit a very beautiful city. As I think we have already established in an earlier post; I do love cities, ESPECIALLY if said city happens to be on the coast and has not one, but five (or more) beautiful beaches. Any city that cant tick those boxes is really is going to capture my heart. It isn’t entirely fair to compare Rio to Barcelona, but suffice to say, both are in my top 5.
I wanted to share with you some of my favourite moments from my time in Rio. Not all of them have been captured on camera, and some I have shared before, but in a nutshell… This is my time living in Rocinha, Rio de Janiero.
Day 1. Coffee by the beach at São Conrado.
At time the time of writing I have still not finished reading Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild. (Book pictured)
Falling in love with the kids at Project Favela.
Some of these kids are pretty wild, but the reality is that no child is born that way. Like all of us, it is easy to become a product of our surroundings, and so the wilder they are, the more I love them.
This guy here, Wanderson, was my favourite.
Met this legend. Standard
I told Clare Balding that her BBC documentary on the Suffragettes had inspired me to identify with the feminist movement and my role within it. I think she was expecting me to say something about sport.
Possibly the happiest person in Rio, if not the world.
Mo Farrah won Gold, Jennifer Ennis-Hill won Silver, and Greg Rutherford won Bronze... and I was there to see it! THAT is why I'm so happy.
Here are some of the AMAZING volunteers I had the pleasure of working with in Rocinha.
I only worked with some of you briefly, but each and everyone of you will stay in my heart for a very long time.
L>R: Ruth, Charlie, Martina, Emily, Matt, Hannah, ME, Sarah.
A postcard from home!
And of course my favourite ladies!
Love you and miss you both! I cannot wait until we get to drink caipirinhas and cause trouble with you again!
As much as I had fallen in love with Rio, we still live in a time when relationship between woman and city are frowned upon. And so, as with all good things in life, we reached a natural impasse and the time has come to say goodbye Rio de Janeiro and Rocinha, not forever, but for now, and to carry on my adventures new a little further down the coast, and away from the city.