It took me a while to like Rio, neither of us were impressed straight away. I’m not really sure what I expected, maybe just more or something. More colour, more music, more Rio?
The first few days in Rio we searched for something that seemed like the place everyone seems to fall in love with. To us Rio was just a city with some beaches and a big statue on a hill. It didn’t really seem different from anything else we’d seen.
But then, after a couple of days we began to see what the fuss was all about. I’m not sure if it happened when we went out in the Lapa district (an area famed for its nightlife and weekly street parties), when we saw where 30% of Rio’s population lived during a favela tour, or when we watched Brazil vs Chile on Copacabana beach alongside thousands of Brazilians during the nail biting penalties.