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Carnival has arrived early!

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Enjoying a taste of Rio Carnival with my European friends!

This weekend is an opportunity to experience carnival- for free! And we like FREE. Yes we- that’s me, Jean and Alberto. An interesting trio we make. Myself from London, Jean from Belgium and Alberto (a travel journalist!!) from Italy. We share a common interest to experience the best of Rio!

Yesterday was the first day of carnival rehearsals at the iconic Sambadrome. A great chance to get a flavour of Rio’s world famous festival taking take in February. Admit-ably it’s not a dress rehearsal so non of the spectacular show of colour which can be expected in a few months time. However there was no shortage of good samba music and dance… and space to dance!

The atmosphere in the stadium was safe and relaxed, filled with families and friends. We even managed to get a laugh from the guy selling beer as he told us to

‘buy some more beer to wash the salt down.’

The salt he was talking about was from the prawn crackers- brazilian style ladled with salt! Of course what he was really trying to tell us is

‘don’t be so cheap!’

As we bought 1 beer to share between the 3 of us! Rsrsrsrsrs!

We danced and enjoyed the spectacle of what to expect in February. I managed to bag a souvenir as a member of G.R.E.S Caprichosos de Pilares samba school was kind enough to give me his (possibly because my samba dancing is really good… possibly)! We liked the taste so much we’ll be back for more today as three more samba schools rehearse.

All photos are curtsy of Alberto Lentini

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With members of the samba school GRES!

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sharing a beer… between 3!!

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I bagged a flag… and a cute guy from the samba school! rsrsrs!

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happy to be here… great atmosphere!

 

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Discussion

4 thoughts on “Carnival has arrived early!

  1. Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I love to see you dance as you smile soooo much.
    I hope you too have a bright colorful costume to wear.Will you be there for the carnival, and are you trying to blag your way as part of the show. Would be very interested to read what happens.
    Samba Samba

    Posted by Sarah Moorgen | December 21, 2012, 7:57 pm
    • Hi Sarah! It’s always good to hear from you! Thanks for interacting!

      I will be in Salvador, Bahia (the home of Afro-Brazilian culture in Brazil) for carnival so it will be one bog street party!! I hope to get a press pass to take lots of great photos 🙂

      I’ll keep you posted so look out for my carnval article dedicated to you especially 🙂

      Posted by findingme | December 22, 2012, 1:38 am
      • You look great in the last picture!! Too bad I won’t see you dancing in the carnival… you weren’t on Notting Hill either.

        Posted by zizaro | December 31, 2012, 1:17 pm
      • Just the last picture :p

        Thanks for the comment and compliment. I’ll try to get a video up so you can see me samba!!

        Posted by findingme | December 31, 2012, 2:57 pm

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