Revisiting Rio in Pictures
A week or so ago during a family get together, as we often do, Jave and I got to talking to my brother about our past travels together, and our time in Rio de Janeiro rose to the forefront of our conversation. What stood out the most about our visit to the city was how we felt when we left. By the end of our Brazilian breakaway, although we were all exhausted and ready to return stateside, each of us departed Rio significantly more inspired and motivated than we’ve been at the conclusion of any other trip, and in large part, that’s due to the amazing volunteer experience we had there.
But more than that, our time in Rio got our mental wheels turning. The city exemplifies the dichotomy between easygoing, carefree attitudes that are inherent to Cariocas, and the revolutionary whispers that were recently amplified via a collective shout against government corruption, police brutality, and the widening gap between the haves and the have nots. To witness the disparities, all you really have to do is look up towards the city’s hillside favelas to know that despite the beautiful beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, the city’s jutting mountains and hills, and the inviting smiles of locals, everyday life for most Cariocas is anything but eternal sunshine. Without a doubt, there’s an omnipresent sense of angst in Rio’s atmosphere that inspires inward and outward reflection and incites a resolve in socially conscious travelers to be difference makers, even if only in a small way.
We’re looking forward to one day returning to Rio to explore how, if at all, we can contribute to the sustainable social changes that Cariocas are yearning for. But until that day comes, we’ll continue to reminisce about and revel in the short, yet extraordinary time we spent in Rio de Janeiro.