21 Feb10 Rio Carnival!

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The city of Rio De Janeiro really exceeded our expectations. We had expected beauty, and found lush mountain ranges hovering over gorgeous white-sand beaches speckled with sexy, scantily clad Cariocas (inhabitants of Rio). We assumed Carnival would be a party like no other, and found ourselves stunned by the elaborate floats parading through the Sambódromo. […] (Read More)

19 Feb10 A Taste of Carnival

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We were given our first taste of Carnival and Brazilian culture in Florianópolis, a large island connected to mainland Brazil. Downtown Florianopolis is full of colourful colonial buildings and lush piazzas. During Carnival, parades fill the street. We unknowingly stumbled upon one of these typical ‘Carnival blocks’. All of a sudden a large truck began blasting […] (Read More)

18 Jan10 The Tango Couple

Posted in Culture, Dance, Nightlife from arévalo, buenos aires by Calina

Only in Argentina is it perfectly normal that your neighbors are professional tango dancers. The couple downstairs, Enrique and Judita, have been dancing tango for 20 years although they don’t look much older than 30. A few nights ago, they invited us to one of their shows at a “milonga”. Milonga is the name given […] (Read More)