"I want to go to the real Brazil!"
That's what my niece exclaimed when we landed in Foz do Iguaçu, a city in the state of Paraná. In the 5-year-old's mind, Brazil pertains to Rio de Janeiro. And we pretty much predicted that she wouldn't stop looking for the "real Brazil" until she sees the Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) up close lol.
And for most, that is their vision of the largest country in South America.
But what is the real Brazil?
For some people, you haven't really been to Brazil unless you've watched a football match. For some, it's all about the carnaval, the samba, the parties. Some think getting the full experience is about filling your stomach with churrasco (barbecued meat) flushed down with the perfect caipirinha, their national cocktail. Then there are those who believe that it's equally important to experience the favelas (slums) as it is to bask under the scorching Ipanema sun.
For me? It's all of those and more.
I'm yet to finish sorting my three thousand plus photos from the trip. But here's a glimpse of "the real Brazil" as captured through my lens and ever-so-curious eyes :)
|The view at the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, a lagoon and district in the Lagoa, Zona Sul (South Zone) of Rio de Janeiro.|
|Praia de Ipanema (Ipanema beach).|