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