Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Day 18: Walking Tour & Music

I went on a historical walking tour of the center of Rio, where I am staying. The street tiles in Rio are similar to those in Portugal, which makes sense considering Portugal found Rio in 1565. The odd-looking pyramid structure below is actually a Catholic Church which only has natural light. The beautiful church is the Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmoda. I found it interesting they have converted the candles to “digital”. The last photo below was the entrance to Rio when everyone would arrive by boat. 

After the tour I went to the Santa Teresa neighborhood and had feijoda (a traditional Brazilian meal which is a stew of beans and pork) at Portela. It was fabulous because they had a beautiful singer. 

I returned for a nap and joined newly made friends at Pedra do Sal which is a street samba event held every Monday night. It is like a mini-festival with street vendors and music all over the place and it was PACKED!! And it is a Monday! I just love watching people happy with music. It feeds my soul. My friend Kristin and I left around 11pm but her girls stayed out until 4:30am and said it was still packed!! Reminder…it is a Monday. I love Latinos. 

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