Thursday, August 14, 2014

Denise Takes Brasil

Sorry it took me forever to get this post up. I had to filter through a million pictures and my computer is so slow!! Ok so I want to start off by saying that this year I was fortunate enough to travel to Brazil for the FIFA World Cup. I flew into Rio de Janeiro and met up with my friend from Australia. I think traveling is so important, it makes you a well rounded person, it teaches you so many things about other cultures, languages etc.
 I will now take you through my journey. 

This is the view from the top of Santa Marta Favela.

This was one of my most memorable experiences while being in Rio. To see how these people live in these conditions is incredible, they are all so happy about life and don't stress about the things we do back home. If you've heard anything about Favelas I'm sure its something along the lines like "It's so dangerous" "You're going to get shot" "Have you seen City of god!?" etc. etc. Well let me tell you, I never felt unsafe being there and the people I met that did live there were all so nice and humble. Yes, the slums of brazil are notorious for crime, but I think its definitely changed in the past decade. 20% of Rios population live in favelas and there's over 750 favelas in Rio. This one in particular has a population of 8000 people. Santa Marta is one of the most famous Favelas. The movie Fast Five was filmed there as well as Michael Jacksons music video "They don't care about us". If you ever get a chance to visit rio I think this is a must do.

Rented Bikes and rode from Copacabana beach to Ipanema beach. While we were riding our bikes we actually saw the Netherlands Soccer team leaving their hotel and getting into their bus. It was pretty cool.

Christ the Redeemer - This had been on my bucket list since forever! My dream finally came true. It felt so surreal to be there and see Christ the Redeemer over looking all of Rio de Janeiro. This is one of the 7 wonders of the world.


Since I was in rio during the World Cup there were millions of people there! so that kinda ruined my selfie.

Night view from Sugar Loaf Mountain. This photo doesn't do it justice.

Having breakfast with amazing new friends from around the world =)

Is this for real right now?? at a WORLD CUP match!

Quarter Finals: France vs. Germany. This was actually my first soccer game ever! I guess nothing will ever compare after this.

Watching Brasil win their last match in Copacabana. The streets were packed, the atmosphere was amazing! I would do anything to go back to this moment. Soccer isn't just soccer in Brasil. Its everything!!! I experienced something so amazing and words could never express it.  PS Im wearing my Neymar Jr jersey =)

This right here is Rio de Janeiro for you.

Just shopping.. Market in Ipanema.

Iguazu Falls/Foz do Iguazu- It flooded a few weeks before I went to Brasil thats why the water looks brown. We actually took a 2 hour flight to get here from Rio. Its one of the 7 wonders of the world!

This right here is the 3 Frontiers. In this picture you are seeing 3 countries in one picture. Closest to us (the side i was on) is Brasil, the top left is Argentina and the top right is Paraguay.

Lapa Arc

Escadaria Selaron - the famous steps, you might remember them from the music video "Beautiful" by Snoop Dogg & Pharell.

Hang Gliding - Another thing to check off the bucket list. 

Pedro de Gavea Hike: I legit climbed a mountain. This was one of the craziest experiences ever. I would probably compare it to an episode of Survivor. I had cuts, bruises and was covered in mud LOL. Lots of people were too scared to finish the hike once we reached about 3/4 of the way. But if you know me and how much of an adrenaline junkie I am I knew I had to finish it. This was such an accomplishment! I have to thank my new friend Jordan for helping me or else I would probably would have been stuck at the top of the mountain.

Walking on the beach before heading to the FIFA Fan Fest for the finals. Repping Argentina!

FIFA Fan Fest Final: Argentina vs. Germany. OMGGGGG  this was absolutely amazing. Even tho Argentina lost it was still a party. As you can see in the picture. The ratio from argentineans to germans was like 1/10. There was over 300,000 people on the beach watching this! the stadium holds 75,000 so just imagine. After Argentina qualified for the finals about 100,000 people crossed the border that night! I met so many people from argentina that trekked about 17 hours driving just to be there for this. 

Ihla Grande

Sao Paulo - Concrete Jungle

Sao Paulo - This street is famous for their graffiti.

I hope you enjoyed all these pictures. I know there was a lot. 
We all know how much brazilians love their soccer. So to experience the World Cup in their country was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I am so thankful I got to experience it first hand.  Rio is definitely one of my top cities that I've traveled to. I'm so sad to be home now, but I guess that just means I need to start planning my next trip. Where to next? What's your favorite city?

Obrigado Brasil!

"The World Is A Book And Those Who Do Not Travel Read Only One Page"


  1. I'm so jealous! I definitely need to go there one day. Glad you had such a fun time.

  2. That hangliding shot is AMAZING!!

  3. Awesome post, looks like a beautiful country


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