If you have read most of my blogposts until now (or you know me in person) you probably know that I’m a pretty honest guy whether it comes to food, politics or travel. Many people abuse the word fantastic so much it loses it’s value, but trust me, this city really is fantastic. But don’t just take my word for it, you should also know it’s backed up by the nickname Marvelous City and the city itself has been designated a World Heritage Site by Unesco. I’ve been here before and I gladly came again. I’ve said this before and I gladly say it again: this is the most beautiful city in the world.
So what’s so good about this place? I could take the easy way out and simply just say “look at the pictures!”. But if you actually take time visiting my blog, of course I’ll give you a better answer than that. We can start the same way we start when you’re in the bar and scouting for that dream girl/guy; of course it’s the outside that attracts you at the first. Rio really is a proof of that mother nature is the best architecture of them all. It has white sandy beaches, grey rocky mountains, green hills and blue ocean water everywhere. Whether you relax on the beach, surf some waves, hike some nearby mountain or go to one of the many nice tourist attractions – Rio looks awesome in every direction!
So, now you have found that babe with an amazing look. Does she have any brains? Of course this is individual, but I LOVE the lifestyle in this city! It really invites to a sporty lifestyle and the climate allows for a lot of outdoor activities. I woke up at 7 AM every day (except one) and went for a 30-60 minute power walk along the Ipanema beach. The vibe in the morning there is so nice and there are a lot of people walking, running, skating, biking, walking their dog, enjoying the morning coffee in the sun, surfing, playing football, volleyball, doing yoga and the list goes on. Doesn’t matter if you like a day full of action and adrenaline or just read the newspaper and enjoy a smoothie or beer on the beach; this place is perfect for everyone, I would say.
It’s also a city of contrast and a country of corruption. It’s about 12 million people in the metropolitan area and most of these do not take their morning coffee along the beach. Most of these don’t even have electricity or water. As in all the big cities on this continent there is a lot of poverty. When you see how the government run this country it’s easy to understand why. They hosted the world cup in football in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016. That costs A LOT of money! And what people can actually afford to visit and enjoy these festivities? The wealthy ones of course! If the government cared about the city and it’s citizen they should have built schools, hospitals and infrastructure for these money instead.
During my stay here the US had their, much discussed, presidential election. Don’t hate me for this: but I REALLY understand why people vote for Trump! They are sick and tired of the political elite only working for and talking to the elite in the society and simply just ignoring common people. If you still think I’m an idiot for saying this, I strongly advice you to travel to a corrupt country and talk to the people living there. That being said, I’m not saying voting for Trump was the right decision – and you can’t say it was wrong either; he has not even started. Let’s give the old man a chance before we “hang him” on social media! Maybe the US and the world need a change, time will tell. No matter what, I think it could be a good thing that he won, because now hopefully the other naive politicians can wake up and start acting like they have some balls. I mean we have had Brexit, Trump and in Sweden Sverigedemokraterna. People are sick and tired of politicians just talking bullshit.
No more politics from me for a while, I promise I will take a big break from that. Talking about breaks; Rio was in a way a break in my so far very adventurous travel. I stayed here for 10 days and besides from the city, the climate and it’s many activities it was really good to stay in one place for that long. Almost felt like I was on holiday! 🙂 Also was lucky meeting som great people mainly from Wales and Australia and I will visit both of these guys within the coming year.
Next up is a country many think of as dangerous but I think a lot has happened there the last 20 years. Really excited to see you soon, Colombia.