Monday, April 4, 2011

Meet a Carioca Monday: Mr. Rant edition


Decided on this photo from his rock and roll phase

I had a brilliant idea for Meet a Carioca Monday. Why not interview the one I live with.  You may call that lazy but I call it brilliant.

So I asked Mr. Rant.

Q. As a Carioca what is it like be married to and living with a foreigner spouse in Rio de Janeiro?

A.Having a foreign wife has its challenges, specially the adaptation phase. Living in Rio is very different from coming for a visit. When visiting you have all the time in the world to show favorite places, see friends, go to bars, beaches, leave Rio for the weekend and go to a great little town like Maua.  That is the part where we can show how cool we are and impress our special gringa :)

Once you move here, and work comes, the challenge begins. The city has to take over and do the conquering. It’s a mutual discovery, a curiosity that feeds into a new love or a fear that grows into a phobia.

I was lucky because Rachel was fearless, took the city and made it her own. I am sure it was not easy. Rio is a city that when you grow up here you get used to its perks and its innumerous flaws. But to deal with the flaws all of a sudden is hardcore and for that I give Rachel a lot of credit.

It must be hard to move into your husband hometown, no matter where it is, even in the same country. Imagine with a language like Portuguese, crazy traffic, crazy laws, crazy taxes, crazy politics… At the same time you can just go spend a day at the beach and stop for an acai on your way home… and that day will be a day envied all around the globe since this is one of the most enjoyable city of the world.

Can you all see why I married this man?! Super charming and great answer!

8 comments:

  1. I didn't dare to bring hubby to Rio.
    "Chapeau" Mr. Rant !

    P.S.: He looks like a young Raul Seixas on the pic.

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  2. Awwww...GREAT answer!

    He definitely earned some "points" for this one. :P

    Tell us Mr.Rant...tell us how "difficult" Rachel was during this adaptation phase..haha

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  3. rachel, u made a good choice marrying him :)

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  4. Oh, and also Alexandre would never ever in a million years let me interview him for my blog or have any kind of cameo. Sometimes he sees it and tells me a funny comment that he would leave and then refuses to sign on and leave it. So... lucky you!

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  5. Rachel,

    This is the best Meet a Carioca monday so far!
    Very cool picture, he does look like a younger version of Raul Seixas in this picture! :)


    Ray

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  6. This is great, since I also have a Carioca husband. Saves me time, don't have to ask him myself. Tell your husband thanks for the insights.

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  7. Nice, concise interview, but most of all congratulations on your happy marriage.

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