Fab­u­lous Rio breaks the mould

Kapi-Mana News - - FLASHBACK - WIL­LIE JACK­SON

Ihave just fin­ished stay­ing eight days and nights in Rio De Janeiro and I can con­firmthat I am still alive! Which might sur­prise some peo­ple given the ter­ri­ble pub­lic­ity that we have seen from the me­dia here and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

I can also con­firmthat I never saw or felt amosquito, didn’t get mugged, maimed or shot at, drank the wa­ter, used the pub­lic toi­lets, walked down lots of side streets and talked to plenty of strangers.

Yes, me and my mate John Tami­here must have bro­ken ev­ery rule in the book but then we are a lit­tle dif­fer­ent to your av­er­age tourist who vis­its Rio. It’s not our style to hide in our ho­tel rooms all night pet­ri­fied be­cause the me­dia said we would be at­tacked by the lo­cals. And it’s not our style to pre­judge and stereo­type a whole city based on the con­tin­u­ing ridicu­lous pub­lic­ity that we have heard about Rio.

Sure we knew we had to be care­ful but in a city of 6 mil­lion you re­ally had to be pretty un­lucky if you got done over, af­ter all there are 85,000 se­cu­rity, army and po­lice pa­trolling the streets.

We stayed by the fa­mous Copaca­bana beach and en­joyed ev­ery day and night there mix­ing up our time by go­ing to Olympic events and en­joy­ing the beaches, sights, nightlife and peo­ple of Rio.

If you re­ally want to know the peo­ple you have to talk with them and while that’s tough as most Brazilians don’t speak English, you can nor­mally find some­one if you look hard enough.

JT and I found some of the lo­cals fas­ci­nat­ing and we talked with heaps of them and found a peo­ple who seemed to be very proud of their city and coun­try. They know that there is a lot go­ing wrong right now, that crime is at un­ac­cept­able lev­els and that

PHOTO: REUTERS

A group pose for a photo by a set of Rio 2016 Olympic rings along Copaca­bana beach.

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