Friday, February 27, 2009

Loose at Carnival, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

The Hook: Carnival and Rio de Janeiro needs to be experienced to be explained. It wasn't the madhouse you might imagine, but everything from the people to the food to the street parties to the samba parades made it worth the visit.  And safe, the whole time you are being watched over by Christ, the Redeemer.
Pictures Link: http://picasaweb.google.com/joshsmith17/LooseInRioDeJanieroBrazil2009Feb?feat=directlink

The Verse:  5 days, uncountable bloco (street parties), dozens of samba schools - it was fun, interesting, informative, and mindblowing.  I give it three thumbs up.

The Bridge:

Monday, February 9, 2009

Soundtrack: La Boca - Goal!!!!!!!!

Hook: Saturday we went to La Boca, a local barrio home to one of South America's most famous soccer teams - La Boca Juniors. 
The Verse: The band included Kristin (from Duke), Surbi, Ralph, and Wayne. We hoped the 152 down there....

From Loose in Boca, Buenos Aires - 2009 Feb
Immediately we were immersed in the music of street performers and tango dancers that decorated the streets and local restuarants.
From Loose in Boca, Buenos Aires - 2009 Feb
If you can't feel the passion, check out the almost red background...very passionate.
From Loose in Boca, Buenos Aires - 2009 Feb
The neighborhood subsists on tourism and is well prepared. In telemundo style the colors are vibrant and synomous with the music that meant to lift you up. 
The wikipedia entry for La Boca: "La Boca is a neighborhood, or barrio of the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires. It retains a strong European flavour, with many of its early settlers being from theItalian city of Genoa. In fact the name has a strong assonance with the genoese neighborhood of Boccadasse (or Bocadaze in genoese dialect), and some people believe[who?] that the Buenos Aires' barrio was indeed named after it. The conventional explanation is that the neighborhood sits at the mouth ("boca" in Spanish) of the Riachuelo.

In 1882, after a lengthy general strike, La Boca seceded from Argentina, and the rebels raised the Genoese flag, which was immediately torn down personally by then President Julio Argentino Roca.

It is known throughout the sporting world as the home of Boca Juniors, one of world's top football clubs. La Boca is a popular destination for tourists visiting Argentina, with its colourful houses and pedestrian street, the Caminito, where tango artists perform and tango-related memorabilia is sold. Other attractions include the La Ribera theatre, many tango clubs and Italian taverns, as well as La Bombonera, home of Boca Juniors."
From Loose in Boca, Buenos Aires - 2009 Feb
Our day consisted of arriving by bus, walking around and viewing the neighborhood, and then walking over to the stadium.  We took a look around and I bought an ice cream, yum.  Then we stopped at a restaurant for lunch.  There are several people bidding for your business and almost all the restuarants have tables on the street. Similarly almost all restaurants have tango dancers that perform in the middle of the tables while you eat.  (pricing: i believe my actual food was $20 pesos ~ U$D 6).  The final picture below is of the tango dancer at are table. While dancing she looked like she was truly passionate about the dance. This was impressive considering it looked like she danced to the same song about 8 -12 times per hour all day.  The photo at the end of her mid-dance is one my favorite.

Local Graffiti
From Loose in Boca, Buenos Aires - 2009 Feb
Maradona, A Futbol God
From Loose in Boca, Buenos Aires - 2009 Feb
Futbol by the local children
From Loose in Boca, Buenos Aires - 2009 Feb
Futbol by the local children
From Loose in Boca, Buenos Aires - 2009 Feb
Tango Dancers (Personal Favorite)
From Loose in Boca, Buenos Aires - 2009 Feb