Round the world in 90 days!

Travel time: December 2006 - March 2007  |  by Carolina Martinez

Rio de Janeiro: Football, Carnaval and other tourist stuff

There are a few things that everyone feels they need to do in South America and if you are a boy, it is probably to go see a football match in one of the most famous football staduims. The match we saw was between Fluminese and Vasco at the Marcana stadium which ended in a 4 all draw. Although they are both top Rio teams only the Vasco fans bothered showing up because Fluminese have not being doing so well and Rio supporters are renowned for being fair-weather. 30,000 people in a 120,000 stadium certainly looks empty but those Brazillians sure can make some noise!

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL!

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL!

Carnaval didn´t interrupt much of our beach time but on one day we were lucky enough to have a Bloko (street party) on Ipanema beach so we jiggled along behind it. Loads of fun!

The band

The band

The revellers

The revellers

I just don´t know how or why but everyone knew the words to every song . ..

I just don´t know how or why but everyone knew the words to every song . ..

Ummmm, do you think they realise there is a massive party going on around them - how relaxing!

Ummmm, do you think they realise there is a massive party going on around them - how relaxing!

Before we knew it, it was time for the big one, the one we had all been waiting for (drum roll) . . . . THE SAMBA SCHOOL PARADE!

Some boys seemed more in the spirit than others

Some boys seemed more in the spirit than others

The girls are always up for it

The girls are always up for it

The parade goes for hours and hours and hours and hours. It looks amazing but it really does feel like an incredibly long night. Another thing that I didn´t realise is that each school sings the same song over and over for the duration of their performance which is about 70 - 80 minutes. That is a long time to hear the same song. Nevertheless, it was a lot of fun and the floats and costumes were amazing . . .

Carnaval and STARWARS, together at last!

Carnaval and STARWARS, together at last!

Bartender with cool hair.

Bartender with cool hair.

Imagine being strapped onto an iguana at a 45 degree angle and singing the same song over and over in a butterfly costume for 80 minutes!

Imagine being strapped onto an iguana at a 45 degree angle and singing the same song over and over in a butterfly costume for 80 minutes!

One of the incredible, gravity-defying Samba Queens.  Unfortunately, they are a little tricky to take photos of.

One of the incredible, gravity-defying Samba Queens. Unfortunately, they are a little tricky to take photos of.

The parade ended at about 5.30am and we waited in line for a taxi for at least 1 hour. I´m getting tired just thinking about it!

You are here : Overview The Americas Brazil Football, Carnaval and other tourist stuff
The trip
 
Description:
Julius and Carolina's dash around the globe. Let's see who will cross the finish line first . . .
Details:
Start of journey: Dec 10, 2006
Duration: 13 weeks
End of journey: Mar 07, 2007
Travelled countries: Thailand
Denmark
Spain
Chile
Argentina
Brazil
Uruguay
The Author
 
Carolina Martinez is an active author on break-fresh-ground. since 14 years.
Picture of author