I feel like I’ve been mildly unfaithful recently. I’ve been off having flings with other cities and neglecting my beloved Rio. First I was seduced by Lima with its exciting food and reasonable prices. Then Melbourne caught my eye with its fancy restaurants and excellent transport system.
My first week back in Rio wasn’t easy. The people who told me that jet-lag is worse when you travel from west to east were so right. More than a week after arriving back, I am still waking up at 5:30am each morning and falling asleep at 9pm. On top of that there has been the usual trauma of returning to full-time work after 2 weeks of lounging, snoozing and other forms of general relaxation.
So, have my dalliances with other cities made me think twice about whether Rio is the one for me?
No way! Sure, spending time in cities with reasonable prices and efficient transport systems makes me wish Rio would raise its game, but while Rio may not be the most perfectly functioning metropolis, she has still got it going on:
Of course Rio is more than just pretty views – it is full of rich culture and tradition. Cariocas are warm, creative and know how to have fun (last time I checked that wasn’t a crime). As I said in a recent discussion in the comments section, for all its faults, I would be proud to come from Rio.
I’ll leave you with a quick video clip of that lovely sunrise. The noise in the background (as well as the birdsong) is the sound of a club that stopped playing music around 8am. Like I said, Cariocas know how to have fun and it’s good to be back!