My favourite supermarket in the world. I dare you to find another that possesses a pair of black patent leather Yves Saint Laurent heels in your size for the lowly price of 30 euros - or oi-ros as they’re apparently known as here!
Explored Kreuzberg today - fenced in on 3 sides by the wall this was a relatively poor part of town. It has since been well and truly gentrified, this artist community in an old hospital (the set-up not dissimilar to Abbotsford Convent) is just so much fun they have to drag kids away…
Berlin - the street names are confusing, any useful signage is covered with art and it is over 30 degrees cooler than Santiago. I love it.
Great programs are happening in the favelas to try and improve standard of living. All the children go to school, and this workshop has been set up to teach children to paint and graffiti (with a view to selling artwork for a living), provided they bring in their report card from school with everything passed!
The favelas in Rio are amazing, truly accepted and encouraged by the government. They´re an accepted part of the city and tap into free electricity, water, internet and pay tv! So there may be perks, but they´re not the ideal living environment. The biggest problem is the drug trade - 40 million dollors worth of illegal drug trade goes on every month in Rocinha alone, and this is one of 1000 favela´s in Rio.
Heading out at 11pm to see the most amazing Samba - the hill behind us is a third of the hill we had to climb to get to the hostel, in 35 degrees and 95% humidity this was always my favourite part of the day!
We weren´t huge fans of Copacobana (I would much rather be the girl from Ipanema!) although I was a huge fan of the Burle Marx pavements lining the city streets and beaches.
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