Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I got to go to the wonderful world of downtown Rio de Janeiro today. I can´t help it but I love that place. It´s the knick knack capital of Knick Knack Hell! Hoarders beware, you will not make it out of the centro alive!
My first favorite thing is that, no centro, I´m the slow walker. Karma is a bitch people and I´m blocking your way. It´s like walking on train tracks. I was taken down 3 times this afternoon.
I can´t help it. I become a looky loo when I get down there. There´s so much going on. You have the vendor selling black market dvds, the guy throwing the glowing ball thing up in the air, H Stern, clothing stores with sales, shoes, shoes, more shoes, and the biggest newsstands in the city. It´s like an acid trip gone bad, or good, depending on your preference.
And I love the mix. There´s a little bit of everything down there. The super star executive, the movie star doing a commercial, the patricinha going to the bank, the street kid, the artist, the vendor, the English teacher, and the regular guy. We all chill downtown.
The best part, you can get a metro straight there. The 3 main point of downtown are covered.
Maybe I like it so much because I´m comfortable down there. Downtown is where I basically starting teaching. I know my way around pretty well for a Gringa. I even managed to buy a good keyboard and get a 20% even though I paid with a card. Not bad I say.