Folu's Travel Diaries: Exploring The Unknown (A Trip To Brazil II)
Looking back now on the time spent in Brazil, what got to me the most was how difficult it became to carry out simple everyday tasks.
I travelled to Brazil wanting to visit Rio deJaneiro and Salvador in the state of Bahia. However within the first day or two of fully exploring Rio de Janeiro (my proposed first stop and home of my host) I was hit with simultaneous realisations:
1. The currency was Brazilian Reals (BR) and the exchange rate was roughly R$3(BR) to $1(USD). Which meant that with just $1000(USD) to spend, any plan of action during my 10 day trip needed to be well thought out. Zero margin for error.
2. For the first time I can remember in my life, I found myself unable to communicate with the people around me. When you are unable to order food, ask for directions or even(God forbid it) help it suddenly occurs to you how helpless you really are. This also occurred to me.
So when Luna suggested that I spend my entire time in Rio de Janeiro and save a visit to Salvador for another trip, I gratefully accepted and launched myself into exploring and trying to understand a bit more about my surroundings.
To me Rio felt a lot like home but with better infrastructure, a lot more portugese being spoken and gorgeous street art.
In fact from street art, to amazing views; elegant architecture to beautiful flowers there was so much simple and awe-inspiring beauty in this place that I soon forgot to be worried about communicating and capturing and learned to focus instead on just being and seeing and this week I thought I would share that aspect of my journey with you.